Monday, March 16, 2020

Say Bye-Bye

Because of all that's going on in the world, I finally found myself with no where to go on a weekend. It's been a while since I've had one of those. I decided that this is a great time to get a move on Hiogi. If you remember in my last post, I decided I want to change the peach cloud at the bottom.

This means ripping it ALL out. I had a lot of shocked messages on Instagram when I did this, but believe me it was worth it.

It took a few hours, but you cannot imagine the relief when it all came out. I'm hoping this is just the incentive I need to start liking this piece again.

As this is the second time I will be stitching this section, there are a few lessons learned and changes that I want to make. The first is in how the thread is twisted with the metal thread. When we met in the fall, our teacher mentioned learning a new tidbit from the JEC. When twisting with #1 metal thread, it was recommended they take the core out. This was news to many of the teachers. I decided to try it out.

It is an extra step and slows me down. Not sure I see a difference visually, I'm too busy admiring that pink with the gold, but I can say that it is much easier to stitch with as there is less friction.

There will be other changes that I will make in this section, I will mention them as I go along. They're not drastic changes that will affect how it looks, just in how it is stitched.

I didn't do much progress in terms of stitching, but I can already tell I will be much happier with this new color pallet. Here's a side by side comparison.

Since I'm sharing an update on Japanese embroidery, I guess this is a good time as any to announce that my trip to Japan is cancelled. I was supposed to leave in 10 days but with all that's going on, we are being told to stay home and not travel internationally or domestically. My company has even implemented a work from home policy to accommodate the announcement. This means no more commutes, which translates to more time for stitching.


  1. I can't say that the peach cloud was thaaaat bad, but when you show the side by side comparison I totally get it. The pink is definitely more aesthetically pleasing. Can't wait to see how this progresses!

  2. I am glad that you are enjoying this piece again. If you are really not happy with a colour it is best to just bite the bullet and frog it!

  3. Cutting out the cloud was a brave decision, but seing them side by side, it was worth it! The peach colour is lovely, it just doesn't fit as well into the whole "theme" here.
    Sorry to hear about your trip to Japan. Did you at least get some money back on your flights? I hope you'll get to go some other time. I had a work trip planed for May (to California) that is very likely to fall through, as well...