Monday, January 15, 2007

Japanese Embroidery, and Knit FO's

I went to my first Japanese Embroidery class this weekend in Atlanta. Rissa and I drove over there last Tuesday; she visited her mom, sister, and brother, while I went to class. The class was wonderful! The teachers at the Japanese Embroidery Center were so kind and patient, on top of being excellent teachers. The first day I was very intimidated, especially since a professional embroiderer who had stitched on one of the kimonos in Memoirs of a Geisha sat next to me. But I got over it by the second day. The class was intense, and I feel like I learned so much. I'm going to work on my piece here, but I'm planning on going back to the Center at the end of March for more instruction. I would like to finish this Phase, and start Phase 2 mid-year.

Here is a picture of my piece as I finished on Saturday. The material and threads are silk.

I had a hard time working with the silk thread because it kept snagging on my hands. I didn't think I had rough hands, but evidently I do! I also had to learn to twist it, which takes more coordination than I have right now! LOL The bouquet is a gift given to someone who is beginning a new adventure, or phase of their life, and that is why they chose this piece as Phase 1. The flowers all symbolize something too, as well as the geometric design in the paper holding the flowers. I intend to learn what all of this means, and I'll post my discoveries here as I make progress.

I finished my Leaves of Grass sock while I was in Atlanta. I love them! They are knit out of Knit Picks Parade. Yellow and green are my favorite colors. The yarn striped very prettily too.

I finished the first monthly dishcloth KAL tonight. I knit this out of Sugar and Cream Christmas Sparkle. The yarn is white, and the sparkles don't show up in the picture, but the sparkle comes from a silver thread twisted around the yarn. Rissa gave it to me, and I think the cloth turned out very pretty. The design looks like one of those geometric quilt blocks.

My goal is to knit each pattern, and there are 2 a month. We shall see how I do!

Okay, I'm off to bed now.


Missy said...

Wow, your embroidery is beautiful! I would love to learn how to embroidery that well. Great job!

Cyn said...

Well, you haven't been posting, but you have certainly been busy! Your work/play is always lovely. Thanks for sharing. Glad you had a wonderful trip.

Thelma said...

Your embroidery is awesome. It is going to be so beautiful when you are done!

Rissa said...

Lovely! :-)