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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!
Last Thursday marked the 10th anniversary of our friend Matt Brady’s annual I Used To Skate Once exhibition, which has become a bit of an institution here in Brisbane. We spent a great night at The Zoo surrounded by art and LOTS of people.
My beer-drinking, meat-eating Scandinavian girl from last year got another showing – and now she’s off to a new home!
Here’s Mr A‘s inclusion – I know I get to see his work up close and personal all the time, but it never ceases to amaze me. I mean, how do you carve letters so neatly?!
My favourite board of the whole show was by artist and all-round champion gentleman Mr Robert Moore.
And I always have a soft spot for anything by Stephen Mok. His crocodile is too cute!
Regular readers will know how much I love crewel embroidery and this retro design by Texan embroiderer Betty Crafter ticks all the boxes – lovely lettering, great colours and perfect sentiment! You can find more of her kits in the Betty Crafter Etsy shop and on the Betty Crafter blog (which is wonderfully subtitled “A Vintage Obsessitorium”).
Image courtesy of Betty Crafter.
If you love Japanese embroidery, then drop everything and buy this book! Regular readers will know I’m quite partial to this sort of thing, but this collection of embroidery projects from the amazing Yumiko Higuchi is even better than I expected.
From Japanese publishing house Bunka, One Colour Embroidery is 95 pages of beautifully photographed embroidery.
All projects are accompanied by easy-to-follow designs and basic embroidery stitch instructions – so you don’t need to know a single character of Japanese.
There are even a few designs that could be applied to Yumiko Higuchi’s trademark purses. Just lovely!
You can find more images from this book on Etsy – just do a search on the book title, One Colour Embroidery.
Check out these amazing spectacle frames! From what I can gather they’re by a British designer called Chloe McCormick, who has taken tapestry to a whole new level…
Here’s the side view. I don’t think I’m kooky enough to pull them off, but I can certainly admire the skill that’s gone into creating these!
Images courtesy of Eye Wear Glasses.
Here’s the latest Scandi bird… And while there is still a month until the QAGOMA Christmas Design Market, that might have to be it for my linen bird sculptures because there are a bazillion ideas for new stamp cushion designs in my head and I’d like to get at least some of them out and made.
Scandi bird #6 was fun to make though – taking a simple sashiko star concept and highlighting it with rows of contrasting colour.
Electric blue was the starting point for Scandi bird #5, but it wasn’t long before bright orange and spring green joined the mix. Yep, this one’s my new favourite!