For this year’s theme, Tagasode “Whose Sleeves?,” The idea behind this unusual choice of subject lies in an ancient classical poem that describes how a person’s fragrance and belongings — the lingering scent from an incense burner and the designs on kimono — can be evocative of their owner’s personality. There are many embroidered byōbu folding screens created by Iwao Saito and Shuji Tamura which portray a tradition of kimono being used as decorative items in a room. Since a stitcher is in the intermediate level, we would like to recommend this traditional yet creative project.
Beginning part of Braided: wicker technique. It is changing from gold metallic thread to red silk thread.
Close up image of Braided: wicker technique on curved area. Several other images which were announced to be shared will be posted later 😉
New phase 5 & 6 design, "Tagasode" closeup image of short stitch holding on foundation area. It will also creates a delicate color contrast. Temporary holding threads will be removed after the process.
This snapshot shows Braided: single central cords with tassels of Tagasode which is the main focus of this curriculum. The result should look like a real cord with consistent central braids.
This phase 5 & 6 curriculum contains both cord techniques and line techniques. It was quite enjoyable to work on the braided cords and tassel area!
Since from old days in Japan, gold leaf and color dye have been superb combination with embroidery.
Red areas are lining of Tagasode Kimono. Line of staggered diagonals technique is applied on outline with ecru color silk. Just a bit of distraction can break the rhythm, hmmm. Although it's quite pleasant to see the outcome.
One of the highlights of 0616 Tagasode design is appliqué technique with real tie dye fabric which is quite valuable. A stitcher can choose from black and cranberry colors.
Traditional Japanese tie-dye fabric (Kanoko Shibori) is available for Appliqué of phase 5 & 6 project from black and cranberry colors. Kanoko shibori is what is commonly thought of in the West as tie-dye. It involves binding certain sections of the fabric to achieve the desired pattern. Traditional shibori requires the use of thread for binding. The pattern achieved depends on how tightly the fabric is bound and where the fabric is bound. If random sections of the fabric are bound, the result will be a pattern of random circles. If the fabric is first folded then bound, the resulting circles will be in a pattern depending on the fold used.