Friday, 1 May 2009


I have started another new hobby.

Example of a finished project.
Bunka shishu is a form of Japanese punch needle technique embroidery originating around the turn of the 20th century.Bunka artists use a specialized embroidery needle and originally silk threads to create very detailed pictures .Now the thread is rayon.
Here is my 8x10 canvas stretched tautly out on a frame.
I have filled in one cloud.My picture is called Lookout Point.
It is a beginner kit. Everything to start is in the kit with very detailed directions. Diane who is showing me the technique has won many awards for her work. Diane only took up doing this needlework in 2000.
I have now 3 new hobbies on the go. Card making, crocheknit and now bunka..
Think that is enough.


Raph G. Neckmann said...

That looks very detailed, Rosemary! It must take a long time to do and be very rewarding.

If you like stamping and card making, you'd probably enjoy a look at Glenda Waterworth's Artylicious blog. I can't quite remember the url address, but you can find it on my reading list in my sidebar. I don't do stamping myself, but I'm in awe of the complex and beautiful creations that are shown!

Rosanne said...

This does look interesting, I've seen some punch embroidery that I've considered doing but this sounds different from that.

Cassie said...

this is so beautiful!! what a gorgeous craft!!

Anonymous said...

Punch needle embroidery IS different from Bunka embroidery. With punch embroidery, the picture is on the "loop" side of the cloth and the loops are placed close together. With Bunka embroidery, the picture is NOT on the looped side of the cloth, but on the "stretch" side and the loops are usually farther apart depending on the picture. Both disciplines use the same type of needles but punch embroidery uses a bigger bored needle because sometimes ribbon or other materials are used to make the picture. Bunka embroidery uses knit rayon 'thread' that is unraveled first and has a very wrinkly appearance. The techniques for each is a little different too, but in the short story, they are very similar to each other.

Pratima Kapoor said...

Hi Rosemary
I found your blog while hunting for Bunka embroidery. Your work is soooo beautiful. Would love to see more of it.
Best wishes