Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I have a question...


 I'm making another little quilt featuring words, letters, calligraphy etc. and I'd like to know what language this is (on the dark taupe background). Does anyone know? Chinese, Japanese, something else? It could even be upside down. Thanks for your help.  :)

8 comments:

DianeY said...

My husband is Chinese but does not speak or read Chinese and only made it thru the 2nd grade in Chinese school! (After school in Hawaii). But I asked him & he believes it is Kanji - which was originally used by the Chinese & later adopted by the Japanese. He does not claim to be an expert however!

Cheryl Willis said...

I agree with Diane, it looks like Kanji. I think it translates: make me into a beautiful quilt and send me to cheryl in MO-- I could be a tade bit off on that- lol

Kim said...

Very cute Cheryl, you beat me to the punch line... I was gonna say Chinese for
: "looks like something Kim needs".
Sorry Karen we aren't very helpful are we?

Lovely fabric though!

Happy Sewing

Jackie said...

Hahaha! Wait, I live waaaaay closer than any of you... Karen, you can drop it by anytime. ;)

Banaghaisge said...

I can't get to my big Chinese dictionary because there are sheets of plasterboard stacked in front of the bookcases (my bathroom walls - still in kit form!!)
If you really, really NEED to find out, you count the brush strokes and then the dictionary is sorted according to that number. Make allowances for this being 'hand written' rather than typed. Hopefully it will be some lovely Chinglish that makes no sense whatsoever!!!

Cassandra said...

Hi there. :) I came across your blog post via the quilterblogs.com RSS feed. I'm studying Japanese and that is definitely kanji. It could be either Japanese or Chinese, though, depending on the context. I recognize the kanji for "3" and "9" in there, plus some of the radicals that make up the other kanji. 事 - thing; matter; fact.

Hope that helps a bit! :)
~Cassandra

Cassandra said...

Oh, and it is right side up! ;)

tudorc said...

My daughter speaks fluent Chinese so I forwarded a link to your blog and here is her answer:

It’s Chinese but I would need to see the whole thing to know what it says – the main characters showing say something like study of three things/issues – but I can’t see the characters before or after and so much of Chinese is contextual.