"Hi Helen. Thank you so much for your help with the books. There are a few available on Amazon but I didn't know what to buy. I'm starting the classes in October as I've got a few other things on the go at the moment and want to give…"
"Thanks to all the wonderful ladies who replied to my request and all the good wishes you sent. My son has now come home in a wheel chair, a neck brace and a shoulder brace and my daughter has gone back to Canada. Now instead of stitching I am…"
"Helen, I would be happy to send your daughter a small crewel on canvas kit if you would care to send me an address. You could send me a message. I think you have to request my friendship on this forum before you can message me."
"Hi there, I have got a tekobari because I do Japanese embroidery and it is great , but when I was doing a lot of needle painting, I used anything from a thick tapestry needle to an upholstery needle and my favourite was a porcupine…"
"I would never have been able to do my Japanese embroidery if I hadn't had the pictures of other peoples work to look at, up close. I have never seen a piece "in the real". I am also stubborn and determined, if they can do it, so can…"
"Hello there Jeanne! This is the first time I have seen this piece up close and I am amazed at the amount of work in it. It is very beautiful and I know you must be very proud of the achievement. I read your comment about doing the…"
"So glad to see you are up and running again, with your mojo sparking normally. Is this thimble only decorative or can you actually use it? How big is it and how does it work? Sorry for all the questions. Helen"
At the moment traditional Japanese embroidery. But I love all forms of needle work, especially if it is a challenge!
Where did you learn your textile skills?
From my grandmother, mother and books. In the last 10 years I have met some very talented ladies who were willing to share their skills. My Japanese embroidery tutor lives in Cape Town, over 1000kms away so we communicate by photos on email.
Hi Helen. Thank you so much for your help with the books. There are a few available on Amazon but I didn't know what to buy. I'm starting the classes in October as I've got a few other things on the go at the moment and want to give JE my undivided attention. I was thinking of doing a taster class initially here but I think I'm going to start the phase I classes so plan to save for the frame, kit etc which I know can be a bit expensive initially. It will be lovely reading a few books to get a feel for the designs, style and technique. It looks difficult but rewarding I'm sure! Thank you again. Kind regards, Anna Marie.
Hi Helen, just commented over on the post on pencils but I thought I'd send a message here as well. I'm really glad you are finding the group helpful to your Japanese embroidery. I wish it had been available when I was just starting off, suck up here in the North West with no other students. Now I've got students of my own it's lovely but even more lovely that this group is thriving and growing with students from all over the world.
I hope you continue to enjoy your journey in Nuido - best regards Jane
I am very impressed with how well you are doing, Helen and admire you for keeping going in islolation. I know I could not have got as far as I have without the support and encouragement of my tutors and the other students in our group. I truly value the friends I have made online also and have learnt so much from everyone.
Hi Helen, I made some mistakes on my piece since the picture that is included in the kits is for small Hiogi and not for large one, but nevertheless the techniques are good, so I hope it will be useful for you. Where do you live in South Africa? I used to live for 7 months in Gauteng Joburg when I did my internship.
I did my Phase 4 piece - Embroidery Sculpture on Nishijin Gold.... at that point in my learning curve it was a challenge but over the years I do enjoy working on that fabric. I do agree with your tutor that it is a tough project as it is and the metallic fabric adds another layer of complexity. I recently stitched Karahana as a class sample for my class and thoroughly enjoyed it. The Butterfly picture is another class sample I am working on now.
Enjoy the journey!
Just a perfect example of the fact that we can do things if we put our mind to it!
Are you planning on continuing your journey ? So, will it be Suehiro or Sensu or Hiogi....
Thanks for sharing .... and who is your tutor in CapeTown?
Hi Helen, so pleased that you enjoyed my stuggles :-) You are right though, it does make you feel better to know that you are not the only one to have struggled with a technique.
Sensu is such a lovely design, I think that you will enjoy her. At tleast there are plenty of foundations to keep you busy and while away that 9 hour delay :-) I have always wanted to stitch Hiogi but recently I feel more inclined towards Sensu.