|Rozashi Imari Sampler Finished as an Ornament|
December 3, 2017--Finished lessons 3, 4 and 5, completing all the stitching. These sections are called Kaku (upper left), Tortoise Variation (upper middle) and a pattern with no name (lower right). Margaret advised us to be frugal with the use of the kitted threads since we could run out if mistakes were constantly made. Well, I took that advise to heart and was careful to place the stitches correctly. In the end there was plenty of thread left. Of course, there were mistakes that had to be ripped out, but fortunately, they were small ones.
Rozashi consists of vertical stitches over horizontal threads and I found this type of work to go very quickly. Will now look for similar projects using this method.
This will make a lovely framed picture for my in-home office.
Rozashi Imari Sampler Completed Closeup
|Rozashi Imari Sampler Completed|
|Rozashi Imari Study Lesson 2 Tortoise and Daiya Closeup|
|Rozashi Imari Study Lesson 2 Tortoise and Daiya|
November 27, 2017--Lesson 1, section called Diamond Flower, is done. This was a bigger challenge than expected. Margaret Kinsey instructed us to stitch in a diagonal direction when working the light peach area. Because of all the compensation stitches, I found that hard to manage, so I stitched along the horizontal line. I don't think it changed the appearance that much.
Love the shine of the silk threads.
Rozashi Imari Sampler through Lesson 1 Diamond Flower Closeup
Rozashi Imari Sampler through Lesson 1 Diamond Flower
The working surface is very different from the mono canvases to which we're accustomed. Rozashi stitching is done on starched silk gauze material called a "ro". There are 3 horizontal threads, called "dan" that are woven very close together and are considered as one thread for stitching. This causes an elongated vertical stitch. A very pretty effect. The "ro" is glued to a thin wood frame and all stitching is done "in hand"--no floor or table stands needed, at least not for a project this small. And the twisted silk threads are scrumptious. They reflect so much light.
I'm even learning to count up to three in Japanese. Ichi is one, ni is two and san is three. This count is important as all stitches are done over ichi, ni or san dan. Margaret Kinsey's instruction booklet is wonderful and the added lessons through CyberPointers are very helpful.
Here's what I've done so far.
Rozashi Imari Sampler through 11/12/17
|Closeup of the "dan" row of a "ro" canvas|