Traditional Japanese Embroidery

Traditional Japanese Embroidery

by Julia D Gray
     
 

For Julia Gray silk is the finest of natural fibres and is full of life and shine. Embroidery on this beautiful fabric has been worked in many countries, but Julia finds the perfection aspired to in traditional Japanese embroidery a wonderful challenge. She learnt in Japan by copying the work of a master - her journey was both inspiring and enlightening. Julia

Overview


For Julia Gray silk is the finest of natural fibres and is full of life and shine. Embroidery on this beautiful fabric has been worked in many countries, but Julia finds the perfection aspired to in traditional Japanese embroidery a wonderful challenge. She learnt in Japan by copying the work of a master - her journey was both inspiring and enlightening. Julia found not only a way to stitch, but also a philosophy that allowed her to achieve balance and harmony in her everyday life. In this inspirational guide she shares her passion and in depth knowledge of the history and practise of this eastern art form. It covers everything from handling flat silk and twisting your own threads to working the different stitches and finishing off an embroidery. Japanese design is influenced by the four seasons but in addition to floral motifs traditional designs also use the colours and symbols associated with festivals - trees, dolls, fish, birds and mythical figures. A series of simple step-by-step projects, which include the story behind each motif, help the reader to develop their techniques and learn about the symbolism of a great tradition.

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"This A5 spiral bound book provides the perfect way for a student of this craft to watch a master at work and 'steal the knowledge.'"  —Sew Today

"This is a lovely little book packed with information that gives a real insight into the skills and traditions involved in Japanese embroidery."  —West Country Embroiderer's

Library Journal
Crafters whose knowledge of Japanese craft is limited to amigurumi may be surprised by the beauty and detail of Japanese embroidery. Gray has studied Japanese craft since the 1980s, and her expertise shines in her detailed instructions. Although Gray explains the basics effectively, Japanese embroidery requires a good deal of skill. Lovely results, but not for beginners.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844484225
Publisher:
Search Press, Limited
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Edition description:
New
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Julia D. Gray studied for nine years with Kurenai-kai, a nonprofit educational organization that teaches the art and techniques of Japanese embroidery, graduating from their center in Atlanta, Georgia. She has researched thoroughly in Japan, where she studied embroidery and allied traditional crafts such as sumi-e (ink painting), yuzen (silk painting), shibori (dyeing), and katazome (stenciling).

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