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Every once in a while, you need a little reward… so I got another Japanese embroidery book!
There was a time when I was obsessed with ladybugs…
Love these daisies – so simple and sweet.
And these random shapes are pretty eye-catching!
I’ve been meaning to take some pictures of this lovely Japanese embroidery book to show you for a while. Nothing like the holidays for taking stock and remembering all those things that didn’t quite make it to the to-do list…
This book doesn’t have a particular theme, but there’s a lot of beautiful satin stitch and detailed close-up photos, along with outline drawings for all the works.
Plenty of inspiration – I always love anatomical hearts!
And there are also heaps of examples of creative lettering, like this one. Very pretty!
I was a big fan of Japanese embroidery maestro Yumiko Higuchi‘s One Colour Embroidery book and I’m very excited to report that her new book, Two Colour Embroidery, is even better! It’s testament to the amazing things you can do with needle and thread – and a very simple concept.
Pears! Such a simple design, but so effective.
Zebras! Too cute!
And this image shows Yumiko Higuchi’s extraordinary way with French knots…
Mr A recently came across this book for me on European folk fabric design and dress – part of the Pepin Press series on fashion, textiles and patterns. It’s an A4 sized collection with heaps of bright photos of fabric and embroidery designs from central and south-eastern Europe.
The historical photos are great – alongside close-ups of similar embroidery designs, they reinforce just how much work went into some of these garments.
The book also includes a disc of images and patterns, including these elaborate redwork and blackwork examples, so you can print them out and try them yourself.
I’m a big fan of crewel embroidery and there are plenty of examples included in this book too. Fun for hours!
When Mr A and I were in Melbourne in January – it seems like ages ago now – we paid a visit to one of our favourite bookstores, Metropolis, and this is one of the special books that came home with us. It’s exactly as described: a miscellany of terms used to quantify groups of things. It’s the kind of book that I would have read from cover to cover as a child!
As you can see, it’s going to be a great source of inspiration and is already collecting a few post-it notes for a new series of woodcuts Mr A is planning. Me? I just want to make a circus of puffin cushions!
It’s Lifeline Bookfest time again, which means hours of wandering up and down tables of tightly packed secondhand books of all descriptions, looking for hidden gems. As well as a few novels, I came across this early 1960s educational tome full of all kinds of homemade fun – like making pipe-cleaner dolls, 3D animals and a cardboard skyscraper.
And all manner of paper-folding exercises. I think it’s going to be a good source of inspiration…
Mr A has long since worked out that to get me to have a proper holiday, he needs to remove me from the vicinity of my sewing machine! So for my birthday last year he bought us a long weekend in Melbourne, which we’ve just arrived back from. It was heaps of fun and I’ll tell you about our adventures later in the week, but I want to share my favourite find – this gorgeous retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Fir Tree with lavish illustrations by Brighton-based printmaker and illustrator Sanna Annukka. Even the shape of the book is eye-catching, an extra-long, slim edition.
It’s no surprise from the illustrations inside that Sanna Annukka also designs for Finnish textile brand Marimekko. It was wonderful to read the story again – our weekend away was about enjoying each other’s company and stopping to appreciate all the fantastic things about our lives, so it was a timely and beautiful keepsake which will hopefully act as a lasting reminder.
I recently came across a rather wonderful embroidery book in one of my favourite local book haunts, Avid Reader at West End, and I’m so glad I snapped it up as a quick online search reveals that it seems to be out of print already. It’s really special, so I thought I’d share a few pictures. You can also see images from a Stitch Show exhibition held in Tokyo in September on the Tokyo Craft Guide blog (but I’m warning you, it’s a Pandora’s box!).
This 3D embroidery by Emi Takazawa is included in the ‘Traditional’ section, which I would have called the ‘This Will Render You Speechless’ section.
It’s hard to pick absolute favourites, but this robin by Kimika Hara would have to be right up there – talk about painting with thread!
Just lovely – flower buttons and cushion by Atelier Taffeta.
This week I’ve had a fantastic time pottering around at home, sewing, listening to the BBC (local radio during an election week got a bit much for me!), walking around my neighbourhood and visiting a few of the spring fetes and festivals that are in abundant supply at the moment.
I found these lovely Royal Copenhagen vases on a browse through the Paddington Antique Centre. Sadly, neither of them came home with me…
Speaking of Royal Copenhagen, today my friend Yolanda and I went across town to the annual Scandi Festival at Newstead and the ice cream was very, very good! This year it seemed to be all about the food, although there were also some craft stalls including Icelandic knitting and Lego jewellery. On the walk from the car, this whale caught our eye – to give you an idea of scale, it took up half the wall of a very large warehouse!
Yesterday we popped by the Oakleigh State School fete at Ashgrove, where I scored a couple of unexpected bargains including this Japanese embroidery book.
I’m getting a bit of a collection of these Ondori books…
Love that Arabesque embroidery on the right page!