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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


New project, Hydrangea Fan

New project, Hydrangea FanWith the new Japanese Embroidery Academy up and running and most of the compulsory modules designed and stitched, I've been trying to come up with other options for designs for the students. Turning our work into pictures is the usual but most of us have only so much wall space and I think it's nice to come up with other things. (more...)

Date posted: 01-03-2017 19:21:02
Keywords: Fan, Midori


Grapes & Leaves - completed

Grapes & Leaves - completedA quick post today, unlike this piece which was started in 2014. Various things interrupted its progress but finally it is compete and I'm very pleased with how it has turned out. (more...)

Date posted: 13-02-2017 19:54:11
Keywords: Grapes & Leaves

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