Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Iris Stream & Treasure Ship

Yay, Iris Stream is finished at last. I have really enjoyed stitching this piece and am very pleased with how it turned out.
In no way does it have the same impact as the Hoitsu Scroll stitched by the professionals of Kurenai-kai but every time I look at it it will remind me of the original.

Sadly I don't have a picture of the full scroll which I can share with you. But if you would like to see some there are some pictures on the CD of the World Exhibition 2007 which is available from JEC.

It has taken me longer than I thought to get back into the routine of stitching, but now I have and have finished Iris Stream I am looking forward to getting on with Treasure Ship.
This picture shows the lines on the boat in progress, I have completed this section, just need to take some photographs.

Couching gold work is my least favourite part of Japanese embroidery. This piece doesn't have much couching work on it, these clouds on the fan and part of the mast of the ship, but on going back to this piece I decided to work the fan clouds first so then I can relax and enjoy the rest of the stitching.

The gaps between the couching look quite obvious here, partly because it is a close up and partly because the black fabric shows through the gap. It looks ok in real life though so I will not be taking it out. Actually the spacing on the middle cloud is better then the one on the right. I worked the one on the right first so by the time I worked the middle one I had had a bit of practice. The third cloud on the left will also be filled in, I'll do that next.

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Japan Day 2008

Well there has been a bit of a gap in my posts. Life here has been very busy for the past few weeks, so I have done very little stitching.

Last Saturday was Japan Day 2008 in Liverpool where we had a stand and were demonstrating our stitching. We had a great day and were overwhelmed by the number of visitors we had to our stall and by all the lovely things they had to say about our work. A big thank you to everyone who came along and said hello.

We had lots of interest from all age groups

I am surrounded by Japanese embroidery every day and see so much beautiful work by my fellow students that I forget sometimes there aren't that many of us and am always surprised by the reaction of people who are seeing traditional Japanese embroidery for the first time.
I shouldn't be really as it is the same response I had, but it is lovely to experience and even more lovely to talk to new people about my passion.

Lena and Carol-Anne deep in conversation with some visitors
Me working on Iris Stream (it's nearly finished I promise!)
Carol-Anne working on Bridge Between East and West - a new design introduced at the 2007 World Exhibition
Sue working on Bouquet from the heart of Japan
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