Monday, June 19, 2017

Dora Young

Well clearly I'm not a daily blogger, but here's what's new in my life. After many years I finally have Dora Young's "All New Knotless Tatting Designs" back in print. Periodically this summer, when I am home, it will be available directly from my website at: Dora Young

The book is also being sold at Handy Hands, DS9 Designs and Tatting & Design in the UK. The only perk to ordering directly from me is that I will sign it.

The book includes a biography and stories about Dora from her family. There are also pictures of some of her shuttles and other things.

Thursday I am off on another wonderful adventure in Japan. I will be teaching in Tokyo, Nagoya and Kyoto. The tatters in Japan are wonderful, talented and unbelievably kind. If you haven't visited Japan yet, I highly recommend it. It is beautiful.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Kyoto Class 4

My last class was held at the Kyoto International Community House. My interpreter worked in the library of this community center. During my break we toured the International Art Exhibit they were having at this time. There were 10 women in the Kyoto class the oldest was 88.


After class we dropped my stuff and went to a bookstore where I bought a couple tatting books, a silk ribbon embroidery book and a small Japanese item sewing book.

I received more pictures from my host in Japan. I will be adding them to previous posts. Most are group shots of class members.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Kyoto Fall Festival

The first day in Kyoto was a sightseeing day. Every year on October 22nd is the Kyoto fall festival, a parade of historical period fashion. It’s real hard not to take a million pictures of all the beautiful costumes. The parade starts at the Kyoto palace and continues another 2 hours through the city. Because of the threat of rain, this year’s parade started late, but still got a little rain on. Thousands of people show up for this event from all over Japan.

After the parade we went to the Kyoto Textile Center, where every hour they have a beautiful kimono fashion show.




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nagoya Class 3

After breakfast we left for the Nagoya workshop.  The first two pictures are just fun street things, one is utility cover and the other is a cross walk button.

There were only 6 women in this class, which made is a nice quiet class.

After class we took the bullet train to Kyoto. After checking-in we went to a favorite place of mine. A wonderful fabric store called Nomura Tailor.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Nagoya sightseeing day

My first day in Nagoya was a sightseeing one. Mrs. Takeda picked me up in the morning. Our first stop was Nagoya castle. I had visited here four years ago. They have done an amazing amount of reconstruction since then. We were greeted by two young men in period costumes. 

At the entrance you can see a large metal building on the left. Under this temporary building they are reconstructing the original palace from scratch by traditional methods. The silk screens and wood craftsmanship is gorgeous.

After the castle we visited one my favorite shops, the 100 yen store.  Our dollar store equivalent but much of the merchandise is a better than ours.

After the 100 yen store we went to two fabulous exhibits. 

The first one was an exhibition of a selection of works by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) an ukiyo-e (a genre of woodblock prints and paintings) artist active in the late Edo period, from the world-famous collection of Japanese art at the Museum of Fine Arts(MFA), Boston.

The second was an exhibition of some 140 works spanning the four-decade career of one of Japan’s most well-known embroidery artists, Shizuka Kusano. 

Being a lover of all the needle arts, I could have spent all day just looking at this beautiful exhibit.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tokyo Class 2

 My second workshop day in Tokyo followed the first. After breakfast with my host, we took a taxi to the workshop because it was further away than the first one.

There was 21 students, some I recognized from my first trip in 2010. One of the younger tatters spoke very good English, she had been born in the US when her parents lived in San Diego and later returned to receive her Master’s degree from Sacramento State.

Trophies were awarded to the tatted pendants (some in #160 size thread) and to the beautiful collar and flower pin. 


This was my largest workshop. After class many of the ladies came all the way to the train station to wish me a safe trip as my host and left on the Shinkansen (bullet train) for Nagoya.