These bags have kalaidescope centers. The kalaidescope centers are surrounded by complementary solids that bring out different colors of the design and create a mandala.
Kalaidescopes are made by cutting triangular shaped wedges of an exact repeating pattern and sewing them back together like pieces of a pie. Usually 6 or 8 pieces are used. Only certain fabrics work well for this and it is always exciting to see what happens when it is finished. Each is very different depending on where the cut is made. The Hoffman challenge butterfly fabric for 2004 in multi gold, teal, blue and peach produced some amazing kalaidescope mandalas. I also used shibori fabric for some kalaidescopes, which have a very different look.
The borders and some of the backs use a shibori fabric. Shibori fabric is dyed using a Japanese technique that creates accordion folds of color gradations. This fabric was designed by Paula Nadelstern and is among the softest I have ever felt. It is no longer made so I use it in special projects.
All pieced panels are muslin lined so no raw edges are exposed.
14 X 14 Turquoise shibori backing