WIP: White Tara Thangka Update

23 11 2013

Yes, I am still stitching. I was busy with exams and other stuffs.

The artwork is based on a tibetan thangka painting by master Migmar Tsering. (photo from www.chinatibet.people.com.cn)

Migmar Tsering

Migmar Tsering

(Jan. 22, 2011) After 222 hours…

after 229 hours

(Nov. 23, 2013) After 342 hours…(click on the picture for a larger view.)

After 342h

After 342h

This is so far my largest needleart. Can you find the needle?

The Golden Circle

14 03 2011

update March 14, 2011:  The Golden Circle wins “Public´s Favorite” Award at the 25th Foundation Anniversary of the German Lace Guild!

Der Goldene Kreis gewinnt “Publikumsliebling” auf der 25. Jubiläumsjahr der Deutschen Spitzengilde e.V. !

updated March 10, 2011: The Golden Cirle is disqualified from the competition (I posted this blog which is considered as publicly exhibiting the work prior to the contest proper.)

Der Goldene Kreis ist vom Wettbewerb ausgeschlossen (ich habe in diesem Blog darüber berichtet,und galt als Veröffentlichung eines Werkes vor dem Wettbewerb .)

The Golden Circle (Der Goldene Kreis)

Started: February 2, 2011

Finished: March 2, 2011

Number of Hours: 128 hours (128 Stunde)

Techniques: Tambourwork, Cutwork, Bead embroidery

Materials: Black Silk fabric, metallic threads, seed beads, sequins

Size: 39cm x 36cm

The theme for this year´s German Lace Guild competition is “The Circle”. This 2011 the guild is celebrating its 25th year of existence.

I got inspired by how everything is connected and how we hurt ourselves if we hurt everything else in nature, including our fellow human beings. The intertwining of stylized acanthus plant in ornamental designs reminds me of this complex network.

Das Thema des diesjährigen Wettbewerbs der Deutschen Spitzengilde e.V. ist “Der Kreis”. Die Spitzengilde feiert ihr 25. Jubiläum dieses Jahr.

Meine Inspiration ist die Wahrheit dass wir alle miteinander verbunden sind. Dass wir uns selbst schaden, wenn wir andere Lebewesen verletzten, einschließlich unserer Mitmenschen. Die Verflechtung von stilisierten Akanthus-Werk in ornamentalen Mustern erinnert mich an dieses komplexe Netzwerk.

Playing with the sunshine…

Ein Spiel mit der Sonne …

worksofhands Berlin

Rose 36 Marbled Rose

1 09 2010

Rosa alba Regalis

This is the first of the series. Click on the photo to view the large format.

The artwork should be viewed with light coming from the sides, because the relief effect produced by the embroidery defines the darkest shade. If the light falls directly in front of the painting, the subject is not clear.

Started: August 12, 2010

Finished: August 29, 2010

# of hours:  17 hours

Materials: acrylic paint and metallic thread on cotton fabric

Dimensions: 30cm x 40cm

Techniques: tambourwork

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

Mutya ng Telili (Lady of Mt. Telili) (2007)

12 04 2010

This design won 2nd place at the Fiesta Nationwide Needlecraft Competition 2007 organized by Anchor (Coats) and the Needlecraft Association of the Philippines. The winning entries will be exhibited on May 16 for a whole week. I will upload photos of the other winning entries later after the exhibit.

Finished after 215 Hours. Size: 38cm x 47cm on 28ct natural linen. Fertility Belt is over one thread. I used Anchor threads specifically for the contest. I used chalk beads and metallic gold thread for the accessories.

As I was starting to embroider, I changed the design of the necklace and added bracelets. I also added anklets to both feet. I used cut sequins as glass mirrors on the headdress. On the lower right side is my signature. This was my first finished project in 2007.

I grew up watching dances of this ethnic tribe during festivals. Mount Telili is one of the higher grounds around Lake Sebu, the home of the T’bolis and the pineapple, represents Dole Philippines, which has started to operate about 15 years ago, causing the T’bolis to start leaving their ancestral homes. The T’bolis are the original inhabitants of the area. They are now being civilized (also evangelized into Christianity) and their culture is slowly disappearing.

Here is my work area now. I have actual costumes to inspire me.

These are just one of costumes which are in my collection. I have 3 of such beadwoven belts and a very heavy one made of brass. The malong (tubular cloth or sari) is just one of the many designs the tribe has. Part of the cross-stitched embroidered blouse is shown in the picture. Each blouse is unique.

Handarbeit / Stickerei in Berlin, Deutschland.

More Trees in Winter exhibited on Hand Embroidery Network Online Exhibit

11 02 2010

The Online Exhibit for Winter is already up. You can start voting for the pieces which you think best represent the theme “Winter Wonderland.”

Here are the links:




Male Master Embroiderers

28 11 2009

Japan: japanese embroidery- Kurenai-kai

Iwao Saito (1918-1989)  – Founder and Master Embroiderer

USA: japanese embroidery center

China: Hair embroidery masters

Ming Yongguo – http://www.mygart.net/main/assume_e.asp

Ming Yongguo´s work

Wei Jingxian – http://www.wjxart.com/Professor.htm

sample of Wei Jingxian´s hair embroidery:

Tibet: Themba Chophel, master appliqué thangka tailor of Norbulingka Institute, India

copyright Norbulingka Institute

Urgyen Sonam, Australia, Tibetan Sacred Arts

copyright Tibetan Sacred Arts Urgyen Sonam

Dorjee Wangdu, Tibetan Appliquéd Thangka artist and master, Tibetan Applique Arts

India: Asif, master embroiderer

England: Owen Davies, creator of Knotwork Garden Embroidery and former head of the Royal School of Needlework

Kaffe Fassett, textile artist, kaffefassett.com

copyright Kaffe Fassett

France: Francois Lesage, designer of haute coutre embroidery,  Ecole Lesage

Greece: Dimitri Castano, Gold Embroidery master and designer, www.gold-embroidery.com

Spain: Juan Rosén, master goldwork embroiderer, http://www.bordadosjuanrosen.com/



Sebastían Marchante, master goldwork embroiderer and artist


Laos Prince  Nithtakhong Somsanith, royalty, embroiderer, artist – http://www.princesomsanith.com/aboutSomsanith.jsp

© Alexis Frespuech

Lima, Peru – Paul Phillip Evans, haute couture designer and embroiderer, http://www.paulphillipevans.com/


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