Thank you ALL for the wonderful comments in response to Audrey's magazine cover.
I tried to respond to all of you but there are many of you who do not have your emails attached to you Blogger profile. I'm just letting you know since a number of my BNFs have found that Blogger dropped their email from their profile without their knowledge.
Again, thanks so very much. It felt like a party around here the past two days!
Next week I am teaching the Harikuyo Needlebook class to my Embroiderers' Guild. I've broken the course down into two sessions. We'll embroider the front and back covers in October and construct the book in November.
It just so happens that I also just finished a version of the book in silks, using little bits of special ribbons and trims.
Before stitching this book, I was worried that the silk wouldn't hide the binding stitches where the felt pages are sewn to the spine...
It actually didn't look bad at all so I was pleased to have a "fancy", gaijin (Japanese for "foreigner") version of the book for those who are using their own fabrics...
I'll be offering this needlebook e-course again this Fall. If interested, you can learn more about the Harikuyo tradition in Japan and the needlebook course here. Additionally, if there is anyone who took the course last time and didn't get to finish, you are welcome to re-join this group. Just let me know.
Someone asked if I'll be making kits like this one? Unfortunately, I cannot.
I intend to give a couple of options for kits but all of them will be using traditional japanese fabrics in the spirit of the book. That being said, there is an option to take the class without the kit and use any fabrics you choose.
There were a number of folks who did that last time; you can see some of them in our Flickr group. Or perhaps, like my Guild members, you can make one using the kit to learn on...and then branch off and make another once you're an experienced bookmaker.
Additionally, I've re-stocked the label sets in my Etsy shop so if you need them, they are there.
I'm off to make kits for next week. Luckily my friend Carolyn is coming over to help me cut up all those bits of fabric and felt. God bless her, I am so grateful for the help.
If all goes well, I'll get to start my next Reflections block tomorrow. I'm chomping at the bit!