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

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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


New Year Finishes

New Year Finishes2016 was a less productive year than I had intended but it ended well and 2017 has started off with two projects being completed, a good start. (more...)

Date posted: 07-01-2017 18:14:16
Keywords: Young Samrai, Five Fans, Sophies Universe


Five Fans - an update

Five Fans - an updateAnother class has been and gone, another horrid cold also been and gone. Back to work tomorrow so time for a very quick update . I travelled south for class a couple of weeks ago, this time as a student. With changes to work I wasn't able to go last year so it was nice just to be able to sit and stitch with everyone else and catch up on what they were doing. (more...)

Date posted: 13-11-2016 18:30:51
Keywords: Five Fans


It's been a while

It's been a whileIt's been ages since I posted and little embroidery has been done since the beginning of August. After coming down with a horrid chest infection I was off work for almost the whole of August and September but so unwell that I had no concentration or energy left for JE. I did sit and do quite a lot of crochet so some work was done. (more...)

Date posted: 10-10-2016 17:23:26
Keywords: Five fans, frames


NEC and Frames

NEC and FramesA few weeks ago we attended the Stitch and Creative Crafts Show at the NEC in Birmingham. We had an amazing three days. The show was very busy and although I'd intended to get lots of photos I never got chance as we were so busy. (more...)

Date posted: 30-07-2016 15:22:57


Maplefall - another empty frame

Maplefall - another empty frameAfter a long time I have an empty frame, the design for JEUK module 8 is complete. Now I really, really need to get the others complete before I start anything else. I found it very difficult to work on this piece in the winter, the light was so poor that I just couldn't see the valleys in the fabric and as it's all done in fuzzy effect that was quite a problem. Once the light improved it came along very quickly. (more...)

Date posted: 27-06-2016 20:25:54
Keywords: Module 8, Maplefall


Grapes & Leaves - progress

Grapes & Leaves - progressI've done bits and pieces on this piece over the last few months so thought it was time for a bit of a catch up. When I last posted I'd completed the foundation on the biggest of the leaves. Temporary holding was put in and I used a shell powder transfer for the veins. These were embroidered using line of staggered diagonals in various colours. (more...)

Date posted: 19-06-2016 11:05:25
Keywords: Grapes & Leaves


Novel Inspiration Part 3

Novel Inspiration Part 3Here we are then, part three on novel effects. I've shared some of these before but it's been a while and they bear repeating. This was a gift to Michicko from the mother of one of her friends. It was created when she learned embroidery at school as a teenager about 70 years ago. Enjoy. (more...)

Date posted: 12-05-2016 19:42:13
Keywords: novel effects


Novel Inspiration Part 2

Novel Inspiration Part 2A few more novel effects to share with you all, part 3 to come soon. This first is 3D effect which all students of Japanese embroidery will recognise, this has a different take on the colour scheme which is interesting. (more...)

Date posted: 01-05-2016 19:02:37
Keywords: novel effects

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