At the Japanese Embroidery Center we offer, in addition to instruction in traditional Japanese embroidery, classes in the fine art of Japanese Bead Embroidery.

Japanese Bead Embroidery is the integration of beads into Japanese embroidery design and techniques. Japanese beadwork traces its origins to the Meiji period in Japan (1868-1912). The influence of Western taste and fashion on Meiji society brought about the application of Japanese beadwork to traditional Western accoutrements, producing such highly popular accessories as the beaded handbag. The 20th century witnessed a global embracing of the craft, with top Western fashion houses selling the finest silk, lace, velvet and rich brocades enhanced by Japanese bead workers. The exportation of the traditions of Kurenai-Kai (school founded in pre-World War II Japan by the late Master Saito) to America in the last two decades by Reiko Matsukawa of Japan has brought the finest in bead embroidery instruction to the JEC in Atlanta .

As in our other classes, JEC’s beadwork classes are divided into phases of technical and artistic advancement

Instructor of Japanese bead embroideryText book for Japanese bead embroidery

2017 Japanese Bead Embroidery Schedule (April 12-15, 2017)

Flowing Blossoms by Reiko Matsukawa will be offered at the JEC this April at the same time as Open Class, April 12-15.  Chelle Monier, one of Reiko Matsukawa’s very talented students, and a certified teacher of Japanese Bead Embroidery will be the instructor.

This piece was introduced in Japan during the classes held in September and October, 2016.  The blossoms flow across a handbag designed to hold more than the average evening bag. Students will have the choice of blue or rose-colored beads.

Techniques will include shading, padding, and attaching a large bead/jewel. If you missed the class in Japan, take advantage of the opportunity in April.  Add new skills and gain helpful practice while producing a lovely bag to complement your wardrobe.

Flowing Blossoms (Blue)Flowing Blossoms (Red)
Please contact JEC office (su*****@ja****************.com) for the fabric and beads information. Bead Project Order Form (revised 03-2017)
Registration for the class is available from our webstore. (Registration)

To see photo images and details of bead projects, click links below:

In the course of beadwork classes, students will enjoy close instruction under Ms. Matsukawa in developing their beading skills to the fullest potential.

2012 Japanese Bead Embroidery Schedule (All 2012 classes are ended)

Ms. Reiko Matsukawa, highly-respected Japanese beading teacher, is returning to Atlanta in April 2012. The special project this time is this elegant cushion, Exotic Elegance. Besides our regular glass seed beads, she chose to use real gold beads and rare crystal beads that she has found in Japan. Don’t miss this precious opportunity! The classes are:

Photo gallery of 2012 Japanese Bead Workshop

Photo gallery of 2012 Special Project class

  • April 9-11 – Bead Phase III
  • April 10-11 – Bead Phase I
  • April 12-14 – Bead Phase II & IV
  • April 16-18 – Bead Phase V
  • April 19-21 – Bead SP 2012 Exotic Elegance (pillow)
  • April 23-28 – Bead Workshop with Ms. Reiko Matsukawa

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