Thursday, September 29, 2011

Moonlight Temari

Japanese Temari by Barbara B. Suess
A fellow temari stitcher recently wanted feedback on her stitching and reminded me of how nice it is to be inspired by haiku, like in my first book, Japanese Temari, A Colorful Spin on an Ancient Craft. She shared one she did with the moon as her topic. Got me going! I love reading through my haiku books and picked out this one by Issa.

Snowflakes fall
In twos and threes
A splendid moonlight night.

I stitched a temari that's tone on tone. 32 faces filled with layered kiku herringbone designs. Stitched with Vineyard Silk and Rainbow Gallery metallics. This one will be for sale very soon. 

And here's a variation in hot pink silk

Moonlight Temari Pink Variation
by Barbara B. Suess

Friday, September 23, 2011

Save the Date!

Japanese Temari Class at The John C. Campbell Folk School
One year from now, I'll be in the mountains of North Carolina for a full week, indulging in temari stitching. I hope you can join me. The Folk School is like camp for grown-ups where you do just your favorite activity for a whole week. Fun!

September 23 - 29, 2012

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Update on Thread Sale

Wow! The thread is going fast.

I've sold out of Nordic Gold 300 yard spools in the gold color and all the Gold Rush thread.

There are still three colors of 300 yard spools of Treasure Braid Petite (1 gold, 1 copper and 2 silver).

I probably won't place another order until just before Christmas so please don't delay if you would like to get some nice metallics.

Japanese Temari Shop

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Thread Sale

Rainbow Set of Nordic Gold

Metallic thread is a staple in any temari maker's kit and I've restocked the Rainbow Gallery thread that is so popular. A while back I posted a photo of the drawers full of thread here in my studio. Almost all of the spools sold out quickly and the sets of cards of thread were getting really low.

Sets of cards are 20% off now. The spools are always a bargain. Have a look and treat yourself to some new colors. Early Christmas shopping?

Japanese Temari Shop

300 yard spools of Treasure Braid Petite

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fall Exhibition at the NC Japan Center

Opening Reception: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 from 4 - 6 PM


We are now enjoying comfortable days. The summer must be coming to an end. We hope you are doing well.

The Japan Center wants you to join us at our reception celebrating the fall exhibition, which is coming right after the Labor Day weekend. This time we are presenting two artists, Reiko Chosokabe who is originally from Tokyo, Japan, and Barbara Suess from Raleigh, NC. Reiko has been living here in NC since 1992. Her whimsical paintings are abstract creations in acrylic. Some of Reiko’s inspiration comes from the Japanese language school where she currently teaches. She also works at the NC Japan Center.

Barbara Suess’s works are temari, which are intricate, decorative balls. She is an expert at this traditional Japanese craft. Barbara is a certified teacher and also a published author of temari books. She lived in Japan for four years in the 1980’s and continues to carry and develop the ancient techniques.

We hope you can join us and meet these remarkable artists. We are also looking forward to enjoying an interlude by Onju-kai, which is a musical combo including koto, flute, and viola.

We hope you can set aside this date to join us:

Saturday, September 10 from 4-6pm at the NC Japan Center.

The NC Japan Center’s exhibition program has blossomed with success due to the continuing generosity of support by Eiko Goti and Yoko Yamagishi. Our sincerest gratitude to both.

Southern Bridge Int’l, Inc.
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Dana Raymond
Art Curator, NC Japan Center