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A little while back, I created a paper piecing pattern for a Kimono – the pattern itself is for sale in my Craftsy pattern store.

Since I am attending the North Carolina Quilt Symposium (next week!) I decided to make the Kimono and enter it in the Symposium Quilt Show.

The wall hanging is approx. 24″ tall. I used oriental themed fabrics (remnants from another project), and framed it in a tone on tone black fabric. I fussy cut the dragon on one of the fabrics, to fit into the center from of the kimono. Then, I quilted the dragon in gold thread.

I quilted the red & gold areas with a gold thread, and the black areas with a black thread. Then, I started embellishing a bit. In one area, right below the waist of the kimono, I used gold paillettes. The sleeves have some of the same fabric, but I used red paillettes there, for a bit of a different look:

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On the front of the kimono, I used a combination of small gold seed beads and larger amber/gold beads:

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The belt and the sides if the wallhanging are also decorated with beading.

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Finally, I hung red, gold and black beads and baubles from the bottom. I had no idea how hard it is to get oriental themed beads in our little town. Attaching those to the wall hanging is a skill I need to practice some more!

After attaching a sleeve and the required labels, the wall hanging is now ready to be delivered to the organizers of the Symposium on Friday!

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