The patterns of cherries and bamboo leaves are stitched using a tissue paper transfer. The foreground motif on each is stitched in silver or gold. I thought I would add a little bit of sparkle and use shell silver and shell gold. This is a fine gold or silver thread which contains random shades of other colours. The shading on the silver is very subtle, but I was a bit concerned that the colours on the gold would stand out too much, but decided to give it a go.
When embroidering traditional Japanese embroidery we work very close to the embroidery so it is sometimes difficult to get a good perspective on our work. We get so used to looking and judging the work from 6 inches or so away that we forget this isn't how it is ultimately going to be viewed, so it's important to remember to stand back occasionally and look at what we have done.
So I stood back and had a look and decided I quite liked the shell gold, so it will be staying in.