Loose ends

New piece

The desk is clear, I have out my reference books and I have started on a new Kogin project.  I do not have access to that many books but I have a set of black and white photocopies of pieces from some old Japanese books from a Museum.  These were given to me by Phillis Maurer and to whom I am eternally grateful.

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The work she has done for Ethnic Embroidery Arts is outstanding.  Do follow the link to her site, it is a treasure trove of embroidery techniques.  All her booklets are available as downloads from Nordic Needle.

I have decided to start with a part of a pattern from an old jacket.  As you can see it isn't that easy to see how you would chart this.

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But there is a close up that gives more detail.

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And from this I am able to work out the pattern.  It is defining just what the basic pattern is in all this detail.  But once this is identified the pattern repeats .  On close inspection you can see mistakes and how they were worked into the pattern.    I find that the Japanese patterns are assembled in a program that is hard to follow if you are new to this techniques.  It is like a cross stitch pattern but doesn't show the threads.

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I have re-charted my patterns so that you can see just where the needle goes into the fabric.  A lot of work but it does make stitching easier.

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So away I go.  There is a lot of computer work to do before I can start to stitch.  I will keep you posted on my progress.



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Carolyn Foley

I agree but in my case I need to know just what the fabric looks like as well. Having the lines in place makes it easier.

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