Tag Archives: embroidery

Hearts stitch journal 07 January 2018

Dark and blustery this morning, with huge drops of rain (we were forecast snow). But the first thing I saw this morning, in the light from the doorway, was  honesty seeds. In spring the flowers make a beautiful magenta splash under the lime-green leaves of the parrotia persica tree, and this winter they’ve held their own as shining silver pennies…. Read more »

Hearts stitch journal 06 January 2018

Bright, thick fog and, unbelievably, birds singing their hearts out in the woodland – the first time this winter. On the rise of the hill, the silhouette of fox, unscented by my dog, warily turned his head in my direction, then trotted silently away: later, I heard him barking in a distant field. This morning’s threads are Madeira 30 machine… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal 05 January 2018

It was dry this morning but very dark with eight eighths cloud cover. The moon was diffused and cream-coloured, lighting up the gunmetal grey clouds. I had no thread the right colour today, so I pulled threads from a piece of silk shantung – they are lustrous but fuzzy (I had to keep pulling off the frass that built up… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal 04 January 2018

Still dark during our walk today, even at 8.30am (not much lighter now, an hour later). Blustery weather with high, soughing winds in the trees. The sky was dark denim blue when I walked down the lane. Today I’ve done a running stitch outline with seed stitch infill – the thread is cheap polyester sewing thread in denim blue and… Read more »

Hearts stitch journal, 03 January 2018

I got up early today and it was still night. Unbelievably, despite the raging storm, there was a huge silver moon – truly silver, not white – visible behind the black silhouettes of the trees. I used a very difficult Kreinik thread, which is basically fine lametta, with eight strands – it’s not meant to be used like this, on… Read more »

Cream houmongi with gold embroidery

This houmongi feels as beautiful to wear as I hoped it would. My new houmongi arrived yesterday morning, courtesy of Japanese Antiques. I couldn’t resist trying it on, so I popped it over my home-made juban in white Thai silk, and teamed it with a Showa-era fukuro obi with gold arabesques (with my 5in obi stay tucked inside). The obi-scarf,… Read more »

Cream houmongi with gold embroidery and yuzen

I just fell for this rinzu houmongi, which ticks many of the boxes I want in my formal kimono. This cream houmongi is the latest addition to my kimono wardrobe – I was lucky enough to win it last night on Ebay. I have been umming and ah-ing over getting a new houmongi lately. Now that I regret the decision… Read more »

Tomesode with stylised mist

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This tomesode was made in the 1970s and was my second purchase when I began collecting kimono. I thought I would post an update on this tomesode. I bought it from Yamatoku in 2004. It was my second purchase and I had no idea what to expect.  As you can see from the original blog post below, I couldn’t find… Read more »