Why I started doing Japanese Embroidery because I wanted something challenging. I been doing some type of stitching most of my life. I had tried most method of stitching done on counted fabric, canvas, non-counted fabric, beading off loom, crochet, knitting, tatting, and others that done in hand and still doing some of them. That where I came up with the name of my blog “Work in Hand”.
In 2000 I join CyberStitchers so I started attending EGA seminars, I also attended a couple of ANG seminar, before that I attended different festival for several years always wanting trying something new and taking classes at home when there was a shop. Then I took a Rozashi class taught by Margaret Kinsey in 2005 EGA National Seminar was in Atlanta. That year I also visited the Japanese Embroidery Center (JEC).
In Jan. 2006, I went JEC, teacher Karen L. Plater, started “Bouquet from the Heart of Japan”. Then in 2007, I attended National Academy of Needlearts (NAN), where Shay Pendray was teaching “Shay’s Stitch Buffet” I was still working on “Bouquet from the Heart of Japan”. Then I attend classes that Shay was having near her home twice a year in Troy, MI, also Diane Horschak was helping there at Troy. I been going to NAN most years and going to Troy at least twice a year.
What I have accomplish in Japanese Embroidery:
“Bouquet from the Heart of Japan” started Jan. 6, 2006
“Bouquet from the Heart of Japan” finished Feb. 1,2008
“Hiho Fan” started Feb. 2, 2008
“Sake Box” started Sep. 24, 2008
“Hiho Fan” finished June 24, 2009
“Camellias” started June 9, 2011
“Sake Box” finished Nov 10, 2011
“Flower Ball” started May 15, 2012
“Camellias” finished June 15, 2012