Monday, November 16, 2009

Yuka from Japan shares photos of her work!

How exciting it was to receive a lovely note and photos of two projects from Yuka who lives in Nagasaki, Japan!

Yuka wrote, I enjoy stitching, and I love your designs. I was able to finish my favorite two. On these two projects, I learned different ways to finish cases, and I had a lot of fun making them.

The first photos are of Yuka’s Maidens of the Sea. The photos clearly show the beautiful job she did with stitching this case and scissors weight and also with the assembly. Also notice the beautiful piece of whitework on which she has placed her pieces.

I was VERY excited to get Yuka’s photos of her A Work’d Pocketbook!! WOW!! Isn’t it incredible? Her queen stitches are beautifully executed, and look at her finishing!! Exquisite!!

Yuka wrote, I love the color combination on this project. The queen stitches took a long time, but I had great joy when I finished.
The pocketbook has over 7000 queen stitches! (Yes, you read that number correctly---it is not a typo.) Because of all the work involved to make this project, I have nicknamed it Not for the Faint of Heart. I think you can now understand why.

My model for this project was based on a pocketbook I found at an antique show. I was particularly excited because the antique is in such wonderful condition. Even the original ribbon closure is still attached! Often the ribbon is partially or totally missing. My version is an adaptation of the antique--it is the same size and with the same ribbon closure as the original . I changed the thread colors, but I used a bright silk lining similar to what is on my antique. I also added an area on the inside for personalizing the pocketbook.

Yuka also wrote, I love both works. Stitch stores are very limited in Japan, so I purchase your charts and materials from an online store in the United States. I will stitch other designs, and I look forward to your new charts.

Yuka, thank you very much for sharing these photos of your beautiful work!! You can certainly be very proud of your accomplishments!!


Margaret said...

Wow! Beautiful work!

Nancy said...

Oh my goodness! Both projects are just gorgeous!

valerie said...

7000 queen stitches...holy cow! Beautiful work by Yuka. She should definitely be proud!

Anonymous said...

These are more stunning examples of your work, beautifully stitched and finished. I just LOVE to come visit and enjoy the visual treats that always unfold here :)

Laurie in Iowa said...

Wow... both projects are gorgeous. Thank you Yuka for sharing them with us.

saras said...

Wow! Are those fish winders able to be purchased seperately?

Sandra said...

Gorgeous pieces, I won't dare show you mine. I'm still working on Maidens, having started it recently on my trip to Australia, and I have 'not for the faint of heart' in my stash. I'm not a huge fan of Queen stitches and didn't realise there were so many, but one of these days, I'll be brave enough to start it.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I can just see your face when you found the original. What a great job you did of designing a new one and Yuka's stitched work is exquisite. Thanks for sharing all the pics and info.
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