We set up tables with all covid restrictions in place.
Liz Almond, our tutor for the day, arrived early with her husband ‘ roadie’ as she described him. It was soon clear why she needed a roadie as she had hundreds of samples of her work to display as well as kits and equipment.
Liz explained that the Kogin we were doing today was described as ‘in the style of Kogin’ and how colour changes the dynamic of a design.
Before we started our work, she emphasised that counting the foundation row was the basis of a successful piece of work and to count at least three times before starting to stitch.
Liz then went on to describe Sashiko, which is another form of Japanese embroidery used on garments. The designs are used for status and family crests [ Kamon crests]. This is a running stitch worked along the design lines.
We then started work on our chosen designs. Some of us made more progress than others but Liz was very encouraging and helpful and we all ‘got it’ eventually.
Throughout the day Liz gathered us round the table to explain more of her wonderful and exquisite work. She also gave advice on the best equipment to use and how stitching had helped her and many others from around the world who are part of her Facebook group, throughout lockdown.
Take a look at Liz’s website: www.blackworkjourney.co.uk
The monthly challenge pieces showed a wide range of inspired pieces from the work of artists including Monet, Lowry, Hundertwasser, Klimt and Mackintosh
Everyone had an interesting and enjoyable day. Many thanks to Liz for inspiring us with the art of Japanese stitching techniques.
Thanks to Kath H. for writing the blog this month.
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Keep safe and keep stitching.