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.
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.
But there is a close up that gives more detail.
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.
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.
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.