On our first meeting, Hideko gave me some wonderful gifts including a book called Summer Kimonos and the Colours of Japan. Hideko must have incredible insight for although I had not mentioned it to her, this book was on my wish list. It contains hundreds of pictures of kimonos, including close up shots of the details. The text includes descriptions of many ancient Japanese textile treatments, covering weaving, dying, painting and embroidery techniques. It is fascinating to me and I am really pleased to have it. Thank you, Hideko, for this and your other generous gifts, I treasure them and I hope we will have the opportunity to meet again one day.
One detail shot is of embroidered pinks. The flowers are embroidered with flat silk at their outer edges and softly twisted silk nearer the center. I really liked the effect and had decided to use in on my blue butterfly.
© Jennifer Ashley Taylor/Carol-Anne Conway
Now, I have to tell you that my attempt is nowhere near as impressive as those pinks in the book, however, I like it. It slightly alters the texture of the silk on that part of the wing in the way a butterfly's wing is sometimes fluffy in that area and that is the effect I hoped to achieve. I am pleased with the way this butterfly is turning out so far.
By the way, Hideko's blog is one year old today. Happy Blogaversary, Hideko.