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Japanese Embroidery Challenge

Japanese Embroidery Challenge

I put this design together for a Japanese Embroidery challenge over on stitching fingers. Thought I would share it with everyone else. This is jut a bit of fun, no specific rules, no timescale. Just see what you can make of the design & share pictures of your work on my facebook page.

Written on 24th May 2014

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Three Sisters - finished

Three Sisters - finished

I'm pleased to say that after endless amounts of short stitch holding on their hair and faces the Sho chiku bai sisters are completed ...I think. I'll have to live with them for a couple of weeks before I take them off the frame, just to be sure.

Written on 16th May 2014

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Japanese Embroidery Exhibition

Japanese Embroidery Exhibition

Some of my fellow tutors and talented embroiderers are having an exhibition of their work on the beautiful island of Guernsey. So if you are visiting the Channel Islands over the next few weeks try to get along to see their work.

Written on 11th May 2014

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An embroidered logo

An embroidered logo

The Three Sisters are coming long nicely, I can see the end now and my mind has started to move onto my next project. While there are still lots of things going on in the background there is one project that I've been wanting to start for ages - an embroidered logo.

Written on 3rd May 2014

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Parcels are fab

Parcels are fab

It's been parcel day today, four parcels to open and enjoy. What fun. I have been off work today and yesterday spending time finishing a new website that is part of all the developments going on in the background.

Written on 24th April 2014

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Three Sisters ... continued

Three Sisters ... continued

When I started this design the photo below formed the inspiration for the colour. I chose colours and started the embroidery and was trying to combine the whole colour scheme into each doll. This didn't work as they are too small to take all the colour changes, overall it's only 10" high.

Written on 3rd April 2014

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Three Sisters

Three Sisters

I had a great time last week at class. It is always so lovely to go and be a student. I took three pieces with me but only worked on my kokeshi dolls. Plans and designs are moving forward very quickly, it's all very exciting. Full announcements to be made in early April!!

Written on 22nd March 2014

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New plans, new designs

New plans, new designs

Beautiful sunshine this morning, but now more rain. I hope you are all keeping warm and dry out there. As I've mentioned before exciting plans are afoot in the world of Japanese embroidery. Full details soon, in the meantime a little taster of one of my new designs.

Written on 16th February 2014

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Happy Anniversary to Me

Happy Anniversary to Me

Ten years today I was taking my first steps along the path of Japanese embroidery. In that time there have been births and deaths, new homes and new jobs, new friends and new knowledge and skills.

Written on 9th February 2014

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Yuzen Dying

Yuzen Dying

I am not sure if I've shared this video before but it's well worth another look. Thank you to my friend Denise who sent it on again.

Written on 4th January 2014

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Lilacs v2, hanging scroll

Lilacs v2, hanging scroll

New blog post from Nejiribana-spiralling flower designs. It's been a bit quiet here for the last couple of weeks, working on the morning glory piece and on Autumn Moon, both are growing but very very slowly so I don't have any progress to share.

Written on 9th December 2013

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Get Knotted

Get Knotted

New blog post - When I was in Japan a few years ago I saw this wonderful uchikake (wedding kimono) decorated completely in knots (sagara nui). In Japanese embroidery we use sagara a lot, but is usually as a highlight not for a whole piece.

Written on 4th November 2013

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