Photos of early embroideries

14 06 2010

Beautiful Bird (added border and stumpwork butterfly) by Dimensions Gold Collection Petites (2007)

Started: April 18, 2007

Finished: April 25, 2007

No. of hours: 53 hours

Dimensions: 25 cm x 10.5 cm

Materials: cotton floss, metallic threads, watercolored paper, evenweave


With This Ring Wedding Sampler (added more stitches) by Sweetheart Tree (2007)

Started: April 18, 2007

Finished: April 25, 2007

No. of hours: 38 hours

Dimensions: 34 x 10.5 cm

Materials: Cotton floss, beads, gold coated rings, evenweave


Sunflower by Kaya-san (2007)

Started: March 30, 2007

Finished: March 31, 2007

No. of hours: 11 hours

Materials: DMC cotton floss, evenweave


Wedding Sampler (altered words) by Teresa Wentzler (2006)

Started: August 11, 2006

Finished: September 22, 2006

No. of Hours: 98 hours

Dimensions: 10 x 11 inches

Materials: Cotton floss, Mill Hill beads, Kreinik metallics, Rayon floss, evenweave


A Year of Love (altered words) by Marie Barber (2005)

Started: Sept. 2, 2005

Finished: Sept. 22, 2005

No. of Hours: 20 Days

Dimensions: 32.5 x 34 cm

Materials: DMC Floss, beads, metallics, evenweave


Antique Wedding Sampler (altered Words) by Cross My Heart, Inc. (2005)

Started: January 10, 2005

Finished: February 19, 2005

No. of hours: 40 days

Dimensions: 200W x 280H (count)


Camelot Sampler by Teresa Wentzler (2004)

Started: August 20, 2004

Finished: November 1, 2004

No. of hours: 169 hours

Dimensions: 22.5 x 16 inches

Materials: Cotton floss, beads, metallic threads, evenweave


Finished Today”Kabuto” Boys´ Day (traditional japanese warrior helmet)

14 06 2010

Started: November 3, 2009

Finished: June 14, 2010

# of hours: 76 hours

Materials: Cotton threads on cotton fabric

Finished Size: 50cm x 65cm

A Kabuto symbolizes the strong and healthy boy, which is why it is brought out during Boys´Day, which was celebrated in Japan, every 5th of May. Girls Day, or Hinamatsuri, was celebrated on the 3rd day of March . Boys´Day was also called Tango no Sekku, which is one of the seasonal festivals, this one marking the beginning of the rainy season or the summer. On Boys´Day, a Kabuto helmet is displayed, or a Kintaro doll riding a giant carp. Kintaro is the childhood name of a samurai hero, known for his strength even while still a young boy.

Boys´Day is also known as feast of the banners. On the day before this day,  families raise colorful carp-shaped flags called koinobori, each carp representing a boy or a child in the family.

In 1948, the japanese government declared the day Children´s Day, Kodomo no hi.

I am making this design from a japanese embroidery book. My first japanese embroidery teacher Kayo helped me with the translations last 2007 a few days before she went back to Japan.  The book suggests Cosmo cotton embroidery threads, but I converted them to DMC or Anchor.

This project will have to wait a while before it is finished. But I am enjoying this project, because of the many stitches featured. Here is another update photo:

Kabuto Dec 15 2009 After 17 hours

Here is the finished embroidery:

Kabuto (japanese samurai helmet)

A closer view:


handarbeit stickerei handstickerei in Berlin

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