Saturday, October 07, 2006

ベルギーの友人たち My good friends from Belgium


A week ago, my friend Mireille from Belgium informed me she was reading a very interesting book titled "Geisha" by Liza Dalby and found her web site. I agree it was very good site especially for foreigners to understand about Kimono, even better than my blog. She experienced to be an actual geisha in Japan and studied about kimono. I have ordered her books to read too.

I have another Belgian friend Elizabeth, who is also a very close friend with Mireille. They have a stitching day a month regularly. Both love Japanese culture and have these Japanese embroidery patterns books I sent.


Elizabeth picked up and embroidered a pattern of wisterias and sent me the photo before the CQI group. She wondered what were above wisterias and interpret snow. What a beautiful image of "Wisteria under snow"!! We Japanese can't imagine that because we know the shapes are pine leaves.

Can you see these shapes are the same as aboves? We have such kind of formula patterns.

This carp is also Elizabeth's motif for a oriental RR block. She is such a excellent embroiderer. You can see lots of beautiful motifs and CQ works in her flickr albumn. She has uploaded lots of photos recently.
Both Mireille and Elizabeth are too busy with their job to do group activities now. But I believe they would find time to come back to CQ again.


Coral-seas said...

I am learning Japanese silk embroidery. The first design I stitched is called Hanayama (flower mountains?). One of the mountains has these stylizes pines so I 'know' that is what they are but I still think of them as clouds. To me the seam treatment you stitched on Rendi's "Narnia" block is more recognisable as pine but I am beginning to admire the stylistics designs like pine, flax, and kiko for their simplistic beauty.


hideko said...

I know another American lady who is learning Japanese embroidery. I myself haven't done though I sometimes borrow the patterns.
My seam treatment is a single mass of pine leaves but the pattern is a shape of a branch. In Japan gardeners make each branches of a pine tree into that shapes. So it must be a familiar shape for us.