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Kris McDermet

original rugs and wall hangings combining hooking and braiding

The Kimono Project: Quiet Beauty
Fiber Art by Kris McDermet, Watercolor by Lynn Hoeft

Obi 2016 and Kimono 2015
My sister Lynn Hoeft, watercolor artist, and I challenged each other to design a Kimono and complete it in our medium. We settled on using the following design elements: fans, dogwood and apple blossoms, butterflies, ginkgo leaves, hummingbirds, and lanterns. The leaves are wet felted. I braided and hooked a river separating the two major halves using silk, taffeta, and wool.

There 12 different hooked shapes in the kimono separated by braid in silk and wool. The fabric used on the back of the Kimono as the lining and the hooked areas in the fan and lanterns are a Kimono that I bought at an auction in ME. It was in pieces and had not been sewn together. What a lovely piece of silk!


front with Obi





kimono back

detail: bead by Marta Birmbaum

kimono detail


sister Lynn's painting.

lynn painting

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