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Lantern Plants: Leaf 1

So my new Japanese embroidery project is called Lantern Plants. It’s another design from the Japanese Embroidery Center. It’s got four lantern plants at different stages of the life cycle. In the picture above, I worked the foundation for one … Continue reading

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Hanazume: Finished!

Here is my teacher explaining how to paste the back of a finished Japanese embroidery. It turns out you don’t just cut it off the frame – you paste the back and steam the whole thing. It’s complicated! And here … Continue reading

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Vietnamese Embroidery in Houston II

  I am back with more photos of the Vietnamese embroidery that is now decorating my apartment! I thought I’d start with some close-ups of the tree, since I found the method interesting. The leaves are all in straight stitches – … Continue reading

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Vietnamese Embroidery in Houston

Y’all, I had an embroidery adventure! I was wandering around Houston and (completely by chance) found a tiny shop full of gorgeous Vietnamese hand embroideries and took this beauty home with me! It shows a Vietnamese wedding, and it’s completely gorgeous! … Continue reading

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Hilltop Farm: Plowed Fields

  I am back at work on Hilltop Farm, from Rowandean! This very interesting curly yarn is couched down in furrows to create a plowed field, then bushes are worked in ridiculously fluffy variegated yarn. I still have to trim the … Continue reading

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Hanazume: Stamens Everywhere

I had another class in Japanese embroidery (from Bluebonnet Studio)! I am very nearly finished with the Hanazume Flower Circle design from the Japanese Embroidery Center. First I gave the yellow chrysanthemum some knots in the center. Then I embarked on … Continue reading

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A Visit to Lu Lu’s: Part 2

Next up in my exploration of Suzhou silk embroidery in Lu Lu’s Silk Art Gallery is random stitch! This beautiful lotus flower looks like an ink painting. It’s embroidery! But how do they get the smudged edges???  They build it up … Continue reading

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