Nejiribana - spiralling flower designs - Japanese embroidery
"The hands are the exit of the spirit"
Master Iwao Saito

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Chrysanthemum Wallet

Chrysanthemum WalletA short post today, I'd meant to include this in my last post but decided it should have a post of its own. Some while ago I recieved a contact from Belinda Pieris who was interested in this obi from my collection. Belinda makes the most beatiful leather goods; wallets, bags, etc, which are decorated with Japanese themed flowers. (more...)

Date posted: 26-05-2018 11:06:01


Clockwise chrysanthemums (or not)

Clockwise chrysanthemums (or not)It has been a bit quiet on the blog front in the last three months, but life has been busy. JEUK had a very successful show at the Fashion and Embroidery Show in Birmingham. We met old and new students and a few new ladies have joined the group. Shortly after the show we had our April class in Garstang. The group is growing and the students are producing lovely work. In the middle was a trip down south to visit our Sensei. We had a lovely few days comparing notes, talking about new designs and ideas and generally just chilling. (more...)

Date posted: 15-05-2018 18:02:35
Keywords: Small vipers


Butterfly Cords - Japanese Embroidery UK

Butterfly Cords - Japanese Embroidery UKButterfly Cords is complete. Yay. Well, probably, actually I might just tweak one of those plum buds! But apart from that it is done. I have to say I am very pleased with how this has turned out. It's a beautiful design produced by one of my fellow tutors for Japanese Embroidery UK. (more...)

Date posted: 27-02-2018 17:15:59


Butterfly Cords more progress

Butterfly Cords more progressA very quick post today about the small butterfly on Butterfly Cords. (more...)

Date posted: 09-12-2017 12:23:48
Keywords: JEUK, Butterfly Cords


Butterfly Cords - Japanese Embroidery UK

Butterfly Cords - Japanese Embroidery UKWhen I first I started my journey along the path of Japanese Embroidery in 2004 I attended two classes a year. Since I've been teaching this has had to give a bit as lots of my holidays were used for teaching weeks. However I've still attempted to attend at least one class a year with my sensei. (more...)

Date posted: 30-11-2017 17:22:17
Keywords: JEUK, Butterfly Cords


Things I noticed in class

Things I noticed in classJust back from a successful class in Garstang. Things I noticed were, 1. beautiful work. All the students are making good progress on their pieces. (more...)

Date posted: 30-10-2017 13:46:53
Keywords: class, fans, designs, boxes


Lining silk and new frame

Lining silk and new frameAfter my fan arrived back from Japan I was so pleased with how it looked that I stated thinking about variations on colour and different designs. It occurred to me that when the design/s are made available for students they may want a different colour background for their fans. (more...)

Date posted: 05-08-2017 11:14:35
Keywords: Fan, kimono lining, frames


It's back, hydrangea fan is home from Japan

It's back, hydrangea fan is home from JapanIt's back, hydrangea fan is home from its trip to Japan after being transformed from a peice of fabric to a working fan. I am so pleased with how this has turned out. (more...)

Date posted: 28-07-2017 18:49:22
Keywords: hydrangea fan


Butterfly Cords, JEUK Module 5, tassels

Butterfly Cords, JEUK Module 5, tasselsBefore I go and tackle the black hole which is the cupboard under the stairs! an update on a work in progress. As readers of the blog will know I'm one of the tutors and designers for Japanese Embroidery UK and over the last couple of years we have been designing our own modules for teaching JE, you can see all the modules here. (more...)

Date posted: 30-06-2017 09:56:30
Keywords: Module 5, butterfly cords


Hydrangea Fan complete (almost)

Hydrangea Fan complete (almost)It was back in March when I last posted, it only seems a short while but here we are nearly in July. Where is the year going? I met the deadline for getting my hydrangea fan design to Midori for it to be sent off to Japan to be made into a fan. It should be back in the next couple weeks. I'll share more photos then. (more...)

Date posted: 25-06-2017 11:41:27
Keywords: hydrangea fan, Midori

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