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Reader’s Embroidery: Japanese Embroidery – Pansies!


Here’s another photo of beautiful embroidery work from a reader… Thank you, Anne, for sending along this photo!

Anne has been working through the phases of Japanese Embroidery. These pansies are her Phase VII project, and now she’s moving on to Phase VIII.

I think you’ll agree with me that this is another stunning example of what’s going on out there in the needlework world! The pansies are gorgeous, and the silk – wow, it shines!

Pansies - Japanese Embroidery

It would be really, really hard to pick a favorite flower out of that bunch. I love the blue and white one!

Check out the edges on the flowers – although the photo isn’t a close-up, you can see how perfectly smooth the edges are.

Nice job, Anne, and I’m so glad you sent the photo. Pansies are cheery flowers – perfect for this greyish day that needs a bit of sunshine!

I love seeing reader’s work. It’s great for inspiration, and it’s also just plain nice to know that embroidery and the needle arts are still very much alive today. If you have a photo of your work, do send it along! Contact me to let me know if you have something you’d like to show the rest of us!


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  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love the sheen and the colours. As Mary pointed out, the edges are beautiful.

  2. Ann sent emailed this to me a couple of days ago. I’m so pleased that she did, it is exquisite work.

    As you say, you can hardly pick a favourite. Each of these stitches blooms has the same individual personality that real pansies have.

    Great job Ann.


  3. I Sharon. The kind of silk used here can be purchased through the Japanese Embroider Center in Atlanta (they have an online shop).

    There are other types of silk as well that fall into the “flat silk” range – Soie Ovale by Au Ver a Soie, Eterna stranded silk, etc.

    Needle in a Haystack carries Soie Ovale, as does Fireside Stitchery, both of which have online shopping options (Needle in a Haystack is a little more convenient, since they have a “cart” option on their website, but Fireside Stitchery is slightly less expensive, I believe).

  4. The other thing you need to get really shiny flat silk is a tekobari. Mary, do you have an explanation of what that is and how to use it? Anne
    PS THank you for all the nice comments. I really am happy with this piece and it makes me feel good to have others appreciate it.

  5. Hi all,

    I am a new subscriber and it was very nice to see all these new designs,
    I too have some needlepoint cushion covers that i did all by meslf and would like to share with you, Please give me the e-mail address to forward my creations and shre with you all.

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