Quick update before I take off for my two big brother's weekend bike race (Cohutta 100) and the Blue Ridge Craft Festival.
As we say here in the south, "It came a Cloud" for Mr. Hugo this weekend. Ume petals were stitched into the breeze. A few just didn't cut it. I was highly influenced by Shizuka Kusana's picture in "The Fine Art of Kimono Embroidery" (see below). Pages 34-35 has this wonderful picture of literally a Petal storm. It spoke to me so, although I didn't put in a gazillion petals, I did do more than I originally intended. Please let me know if you think it's too much.... (nail biting moment).
The petals that I've added are done in Fuzzy Effect: Diagonally Held Valley Lines so that they will not be so prominent and let the bird and fan grab the eye. I chose to do two of the lighter pink tones. 1 into 1 twist held down with a single #1 Dark Metallic Beige to give it a little subtle sparkle.
Kizuka Kusano "The Fine Art of Kimono Embroidery" -- this is a very inspiration book that I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys Japanese Embroidery. It is not an instruction book but it is a wonderful eye candy for those who want inspiration.
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