Thursday, 26 March 2009

Talk on Japanese Embroidery

Just a short post today, as you may remember I am a member of the Japan Society North West. The society runs a number of events throughout the year and on 19th April 2009 yours truly will be giving a talk on traditional Japanese embroidery. You can find all the information here on the JSNW website, along with details of all our other events. Why not come along and say hello.

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Braided chrysanthemum - petal curls

Well it's been a while since I posted any progress, which has been quite slow I have to admit, but here we are back again with an update on Braided Chrysanthemum. This is where it was last time I posted. As you can see some of the petals curve to the right and some to the left. Getting a nice angle on the diagonal stitches as they go round the tight curve at the end of the petal is much easier on those which curve to the left. The curve on the others was proving much more difficult to get a nice turn at the end. The three small petals (blue, red, and orange) at the bottom left of the picture have this right hand turn and you can see they seem much flatter. Last week I attended one of my twice yearly JE classes, so while there I spoke to my tutor about improving this curve and she suggested a very simple solution of using more grandchild stitches to make the curve tighter. I tried this and you can see the difference below.
This works much better, don't know why I didn't do this the first time, it gives a much more 3D effect to the petal ends.
Now I've got the hang of this I think the rest will go fairly fast (treasure ship permitting).
My reason for starting this blog was to track my journey along the path of Nuido so I deliberately have not included many details about the rest of my life. However you may remember in this post a picture of my 'lovely assistant'. Sadly a couple of weeks ago it was discovered that she had a huge tumour so I had to make the decision to have her put to sleep. Bonnington was the last surviving member of my little cat family. One sunny August day 17 years ago Kitcat (left) arrived uninvited and decided to stay, a couple of weeks later she delivered Oats (centre) and Bonnington (right). This photo is in their memory.
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