Saturday, 26 March 2011

Shokko Flower

Since Kurenai-kai was set up by the late Master Saito many beautiful designs have been designed and developed by him and successive generations of the artists and designers at the centre. I am lucky enough to have a number of the books they have published and spend many hours just looking at all the beautiful pictures. However, no matter how good the photograph nothing can quite capture the beauty of the metallic and silk threads as seen in real life. Shokko Flower is a piece I've only ever seen in books until Wendy brought her version with her to class a couple of weeks ago. While not as big as Flower Cart this is another stunning piece of work from one of our very talented embroiderers. Thank you Wendy for allowing me to share with with you all.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Advanced Embroidery

The week before last Japanese Embroidery UK ran one of their twice yearly classes which I attended as a student. I go to these classes once a year, it's nice to spend the time reflecting on my own embroidery and to get help and advice from my Sensei and other advanced embroiderers. Normally classes last 5 days, this time however we had an extra weekend for tutors and advanced embroiderers.
This was a wonderful opportunity to sit and discuss new design ideas, look at lots of pictures, and to admire all the work that my embroidery friends have produced since I saw them last.
I have more pictures to share of all the work they have been doing but here is one to drool over.
Flower Cart, embroidered by Wendy Weir. This piece is huge, it's about 3ft long.