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Things have been quiet on the stitching front since I last posted. I have made quite a lot of progress on the module 8 maple leaves, but it doesn't look much different so no pictures. I completed the design of a new piece for the Japanese Embroidery Academy last year. It was inspired by hanging ikebana designs, an antique obi design sheet, and some lovely kimono silk. I've been itching to get the embroidery started for the last couple of months so I gave myself a break from the autumn leaves and made a start.
Written on 23rd November 2015
Be careful what you wish for they said! Well I have commented in the past that I wanted to be learn more about weft valley layer (fuzzy effect). Whether it was luck or the fates taking a hand but I was asked to come up with designs using this technique for Japanese Embroidery Academy, so I got my wish.
Written on 31st August 2015
I am pleased to report that Japanese Embroidery UK is moving forward. It's been had work getting the structure and designs in place but we're getting there. Students have started to stitch the modules and our plans to encourage them to make design decisions about their pieces is producing great results.
Written on 17th August 2015
It has been quiet on the embroidery front since I last posted, it's been too hot to stitch and I've been to both the York and Selby branches of the Embroidery Guild to give talks. So with little or no progress being on my current work I decided it was time for another selection of kimono from Ichiroya.
Written on 10th July 2015
I was awake bright and early this morning so went on-line to have a look at what beautiful things might have appeared on Ichiroya since I last visited. I often look at their site as a feast for the eyes/inspiration/colour ideas or just because. There are often examples of Japanese embroidery techniques which can be very useful. Of course I never ever buy anything, ever ... well maybe ... occasionally ... possibly ... but only as a treat ... well ok, busted
Written on 6th June 2015
On my last post for the Five Fans design I mentioned I'd been trying flat silver with varying degrees of success. We don't often use this type of thread in traditional Japanese embroidery and when we do it's generally in a small area or as an accent. Of course I decided to be different and wanted a foundation of flat silver.
Written on 4th June 2015
One of the uchiwa fans on my Five Fans design is a small iris. I had intended to work this in a cream silk thread, again using the weaving silks. This was my first attempt - horrid - what was I doing! Well I was rushing, that's what, the angles are wrong, the spacing is all over the place and turned out I didn't like the colour either. Yuk.
Written on 26th April 2015
Though it's been a bit quiet on the blog for the past few weeks, things have been going on behind the scenes. Slow progress is being made on the module 8 fuzzy effect piece, I've been to class, and I've started work on a new design (well not quite new, the design was done a couple of years ago).
Written on 13th April 2015
Today, 8th February is Harikuyo the Festival of Broken Needles. It's the day when needlewomen and men of all diciplines taken their broken and damaged needles to the temple to lay them to rest and to give thanks for their work over the year.
Written on 8th February 2015
I've been a sporadic blogger at best for the last few months with nothing much happening on the stitching front. I've done bits and pieces but nothing for any length of time. Saturday just gone was one of our JE day classes and although I take my embroidery with me I'm concentrating on the students so I don't usually get much done. This weekend however, due to the weather here in Manchester, there was only one student so I did get some stitching done.
Written on 19th January 2015