When I started the blog it was a way of keeping track of my phase pieces and I mainly wrote about techniques and my journey up the phases. Since I've started the next step of the journey and have been developing my own designs I've continued to post about techniques and the embroidery rather than the design journey. I'm going to try and expand on the design journey, including details of ideas for designs and how I develop them into working designs, we'll see how it goes.
One of my lovely friends, Michiko, found this fabulous book all about another JE master. When she was in Japan visiting family she brought back extra copies for us all - thank you Michiko. If you can get hold of a copy it's well worth it. The embroidery is incredible. I dislike the new use of the word awesome, it's a word that I think is overused for interesting things but that do not actually fill you with awe, that said, the embroidery in this book is truly AWESOME.
EDITED - the masters name is Kikuaki Ueda - thank you Kris (and her husband), who found this link with more information.
It comes with a little booklet with lots of information (all in Japanese). Michiko says this tells about his work and life. The book is one of a series which has been produced to celebrate and publicise those Arts in Japan which are getting scarcer. As far as I know it's only available in Japan, the website of the publisher is on the details below. Get it if you can.
I've edited these images so if you click on them you'll get a larger version for reading.
The red tassel and pinks embroidery have been mounted on the tops of boxes and delivered to the Gallery at the Wharf where they are now for sale.
I've started some new designs for smaller boxes. These are great, they only take a few hours each to stitch so I can move on very quickly. The top of the box is only 10x4 cm so the embroidery itself can't be very big. I put two design on each colour of kimono silk and then stitched the pieces together so only had to frame up once.
Now I've had time to live with the Autumn Shell Box piece I've been looking again at the colours and how beautiful they are, so I cut another piece of the fabric and made up a smaller design containing just maple leaves. I used the same basic pattern of leaves as on the original, but moved them round a bit, as on the original one of the dyed leaves on the fabric is incorporated into the design.
Thank for for reading to the end of this very long post, more updates on the small designs and other new designs soon.