Tuesday, March 18, 2014

File This Under "Learn Something New Every Day"

Brenda is taking Judy Soulitis' cyber class "Asian Journey"which I've always liked.   (This is available through Shining Needle Society, second link.)


What's news to me is that there is an alternative version of this design.  AND IT IS GORGEOUS!  I like it even more than the original.  Now might be a good time to revisit Judy's website and do a little browsing....

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  1. I joined the class, too. I was equally impressed by the two different colorways and styles, so I ordered both. I think I will stitch the sampler on green first, and later stitch the sedan chairs on blue. I need to find beautiful pearl buttons such as the ones used on the green sampler to accent it. I hope I can restrain my American enthusiasm for embellishment and add the buttons similar to the way the model photo shows.

    1. Hope you have a blast, Goldy! By the way, a friend of mine who is a retired Asian studies professor tells me I am Chinese when I go for lots of embellishment and color and Japanese when I am restrained. Let your Chinese side run wild on one version and your Japanese side prevail on the other.

  2. Hi Jane! I will have to take your advice and try both the Chinese and Japanese approach to embellishment. Thanks for the tip!

    I am taking Phase 1 of Japanese Embroidery now, and I am struggling with the color palettes they use. I find the mix of colors to be discordant as compared to what I am used to. I talked to the teacher and she said that the Japanese consider bright, vivid colors to be youthful or childish. They use more subdued colors, but the mix of oranges, pinks, plums, and olive green leave me wishing I could choose my own colors. The teacher did say she will ask at the Japanese Embroidery Center if I can make substitutions in future projects (hope I don't get kicked out for being a bit of a rebel).

    What does your professor friend say about the use of color by the Chinese and Japanese?

    1. I haven't talked to her recently about color but the symbolism is much different and more complex than what we are used to in the West. See if you can get more information about meanings of the colors in your Japanese Embroidery. It might help you see them in a different light.