Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Have a very merry and happy Christmas
and a Happy New Year
See you in 2014

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Glorious Phoenix Obi

There are lots of exciting developments going on at the moment but this does mean I'm having less time to post on this blog.  So to keep things going I'm going to do short posts about interesting items using Japanese embroidery and put in a link to the main site.
To start with here is a beautiful obi using dye and sagara nui recently posted on Ichiroya. Click on the photos to go to the site.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

In Celebration of Sagara Nui

Sorry it's been quiet over here for a while, lots of things going on.  I'm planning to get back to blogging here more regularly so watch this space.

In the meantime I thought I would share some photos of obi which have been decorated using the embroidery technique sagara (knots).  These examples all come from Ichiroya and are all now sold. However if you use this link it will take you to their current pieces which have sagara on them. 

Sagara nui has long been one of my favourite techniques, this stems from an uchikake I saw when I was in Japan a few years ago.  I have recently started a piece using only sagara, I'm going to blog about that over on in the coming few weeks.

This is the uchikake which sparked the inspiration with this technique.  The photos were taken through the shop window so I couldn't get really good close ups.
Below is a fukuro obi from my collection. It's on a lovely orange metallic silk.

Sagara nui are very similar to french knots and it's very difficult to tell them apart once they are complete.  The knots on obi above are tiny and very close together, from my recent work on the new piece I would judge these to be worked in a 2-1T, very fine.
Below another fukuro obi which is covered all over with knots.  Given how long it's taken to work just a small section of my current piece (about 2 hours for a 3cm section) and given this obi is 450cm long it must have taken months to embroider.  An amazing piece of work.
These knots are larger and looser than the previous ones. 

Below another fukuro obi from my collection.  I bought this one both for the technique and for the style/colour of the design.

The sagara on the obi below are very similar in size and shape to the ones above but the colour gives a very different feel and effect.

The sagara on this last fukuro obi are worked in quite a distinctive way. They are very open and each one forms a distinct circle.  I wonder how difficult it was to get them all the same size!

I hope you enjoy all these examples, perhaps it will inspire you to create your own piece in sagara nui, and remember to check out Ichiroya for more inspiring examples.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Japanese Beading comes to the North West

After a long wait we now have a JEC authorised tutor for Japanese Beading who covers the North of England and for the first time ever Japanese Beading comes to the North West. 

On 12th and 13th October 2013 we will be running a  one day taster class.  During the day students will gain an insight into just a few of the techniques used in Japanese Beading. 

This is my attempt at beading the piece which will be stitched in class. 

Course fee for the day class is £75.00, this includes a full kit and morning & afternoon tea or coffee. To let us know which day you would like to attend or to find out more email Places are limited so book early.

After this class students can go on to study the JEC curriculum in beading, creating some of the beautiful pieces below.
Phase 1
Phase 2
Phase 3

 Phase 4
For more inspiration check out the beautiful beading just posted by Kurenai kai - Japan on Facebook, it uses the same techniques learned while beading the pieces above.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

It is with deep sadness that I have to tell you of the death of one of our beloved members, Jenny Orchard.  Jenny passed away this week after loosing her battle with cancer.  She will be much missed by all who knew her. 

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Shizuka Kusano - Exhibition 2013 - Ferndown UK

Busy times over the last few weeks have meant I've not been able to keep up with this blog as much a I had hoped.  I hope to catch up more soon.
In the meantime - a date for your diary. You may remember that in June 2011 I visited Edinburgh to see an exhibition of Shizuka Kusano sans work.  I am very please to say that there will be another exhibition of her work in June of this year.  Dates and times on the poster below - see you there?

Friday, 22 February 2013

Katazome techniques

Bryan over at Japanese Textile Workshops is doing a series of posts on Katazome.  Follow the link to the first one in the series.

You can also see more from Kyoto Yuzen on Youtube. This is the first video in a series of 17 or so

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

How to make a kimono - video

Sorry it's been a bit quiet here for a little while.  I hope to publish more posts during this year.

To kick off the year, I'd like to share some videos about making a kimono. I was sent this link from a friend of mine and I found them so interesting I thought I would share them.
The videos are from Kyotoyuzen on Youtube and show the process of making a kimono from design to making up, it included they dying process, gold leaf, and embroidery. Fascinating.

The whole process is split up over a number of videos, this is the first in the series, just follow the numbers on Kyotoyuzen youtube channel to the next one on the list.

The names of all the videos begin with T so it's easy to follow the series.  The narration is in Japanese.  Kyotoyuzen also has a series of videos about yuzen dying using katazome which are amazing.


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all, may 2013 bring you joy and happiness.

Lots of news to come in 2013.