Irene’s Stunning Bouquet from the Heart of Japan

Hello everyone

I’ve got a real treat for you in this post – an absolutely stunning piece of traditional Japanese embroidery stitched by Irene Burton.

Here’s a first look at this awesome work in its frame:

Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

The design comes from the Japanese Embroidery Centre and is stitched in the traditional way of silk floss on silk. Irene has been learning this technique from an accredited Japanese embroidery teacher.

We’ve missed Irene at the last few meetings but it turns out she was at home working away on this exquisite bouquet so that it’d be ready for the Guild’s Annual Exhibition in September. If you want to see it in real life you’ll have to come to the Exhibition!

The combination of Irene’s stitchy talent and Stewart Bath’s wonderful photos let the work speak for itself.

Detail 1 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 2 of Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 3 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 4 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 5 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 6 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 7 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 8 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 9 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 10 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

What do you think? Doesn’t it just leave you grabbing for superlatives? Do you have a favourite element?

Irene and Stewart a heartfelt thanks for capturing and sharing such beauty!

Enjoy!

Carmen

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4 Responses to Irene’s Stunning Bouquet from the Heart of Japan

  1. Iris Bodell says:

    Breathtakingly superb.

  2. Marjorie Gilby says:

    An exquisite piece beautifully worked

  3. Gail Haidon says:

    Just lovely, Irene. I’m fascinated by the “cords”. Is that a stitch that has been whipped? Pleas explain:)

    • Carmen Z says:

      Hi Gail
      I emailed Irene with your question. Here’s her reply:
      Dear Carmen

      I actually wanted to embroider the piece because of the cords. I loved the
      3-D effect – as if a real cord was couched onto the fabric. A thick white
      cotton thread is laid along the middle line of the cord and couched every
      2mm. The ends of the couching thread are not pulled through the fabric but
      are tapered and cut very close to the first/last couching stitch. The cord
      is stitched with two colours, using two needles. Three diagonal stitches of
      the first colour are stitched from top right to bottom left then three
      diagonal stitches of the second colour. Moving in a clockwise direction
      along each curve, the cord is made by alternating the two colours in groups
      of three stitches and by slanting the stitches away from each other little
      by little. Much more difficult to explain than to see it demonstrated by a
      teacher!

      Hope this adequately clarifies the technique.
      With thanks
      Irene