Friday, April 12, 2019

Japanese Embroidery Phase 2-3 - Class Day 3

On the third day of class, we decided to work on the paulownia leaves that are within the fan. Each leaf is stitched using a different technique. The leaf we decided to start with requires a foundation of twisted thread. I decided to make mine extra long so I wouldn't be constantly starting and stopping. 

We spent the morning putting in foundation.

Once the foundation is put in, there are four additional "layers" that go on top. I had time to start the third layer, so this leaf is well on it's way to be completed.

Here is how it looks so far. Once it's been completed, it will look like it's been woven with a hint of gold peeking out.

Since we wanted to cover the other two leaves the next day, we needed to get moving on putting in foundation stitches. The second leaf is covered in flat stitching, my favorite as no twisting is required.

I was able to make good progress before we stopped for the day. At this point, I can confidently finish the blue paulownia leaf on my own.


  1. There are so many intricate techniques here, it's good that you feel confident to continue on your own!

  2. i noticed on your fabric the leaves have the veins drawn in. But when you are doing your stitches, they don't seem to be used for anything. It that right? Is there a reason that those type of details are on your ground fabric when you don't seem to be using them for anything?

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. There is so much going on in this design! It also seems to be moving faster than the phase 1 project. Is it the bigger shapes?