My arsenal of Japanese fiber artists is extensive. Massive, possibly. I’ve collected a ridiculous number of Japanese craft books from needle felting to crochet and every stitch in between while I’m in Tokyo and even when I’m home via the interwebs. Handcrafts in Japan are a really big thing and small time artists can thrive in pop up shops or festival markets. In a culture that strives for perfection we can see some of the most breathtaking attention to detail. Here are four of the most fantastic fiber artists hailing (or who’ve hailed) from Japan.
Hiné Mizushima herself
Hiné Mizushima was born and raised in Japan. After traveling the world she’s now settled in Canada where she creates whimsical felt and embroidered pieces.
Space Cadet Sayuri Waiting for Danger
She has a special place in her heart for sea critters, insects and natural science but she certainly never limits herself.
If you’re lucky, you can snag one of her small felt sculptures in her Etsy shop like her popular Low Tech Apple Watch but they always sell out extremely fast.
Low Tech Apple Watch
Keep an eye on her Facebook page for updates about when she’s listing new items and hilarious pictures of various what-not balanced on her cat’s head.
Mutsumi Yoshimaru aka Crepe
Mutsumi Yoshimaru usually goes by the craft moniker, Crepe. Those also happen to be super popular snacks in Tokyo. Mustumi Yoshimaru uses tiny little beads to put together delicate designs.
Tiny Oyster Girl
The use of different sized beads helps to add depth and complexity in her artwork. She’s made so many designs, her range of creativity is astounding.
The book you need
Follower her on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr or buy her book on Etsy and Nuido it Yourself!
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If watercolors could be stitched then Kimika Hara would be the one to look to for inspiration. Her color-work is bold and she’s not afraid to use interesting and unlikely patterns.
Stitched dog book!
Bright and cheery, she makes great use of long and short stitches to blend color and build movement in her images.
Kimika has a blog full of eye candy stitchery and links to all her social media. Don’t miss her Tumblr with her amazing illustrations
How’d you get in that pocket?
No stranger to Mr. X Stitch, Hiroko Kubota is one of the more popular embroidery artists. Her work is mesmerizing to stitchers and non-stitchers alike.
It’s not just for cat people
As the story goes, she started embroidering cats (neko, in Japanese) in the pockets of shirts upon request from her son. She was already sewing custom sized shirts for him and he enjoyed collecting pictures of cute kitties…then her artwork went viral.
It takes her a day to cut and sew a custom shirt and at least three days to embroider the adorable kitty or puppy so it’s impossible to keep up the astounding demand she’s had for custom shirts featuring our favorite pet.
Are you kitten me right meow?
You can support her artwork and get an inside look into how to make your own by buying her book.
For more pictures that didn’t make it in this column from all theses artists and more from my past posts, check out my Nuido it Yourself page on Pinterest!
When she’s not gallivanting overseas (usually to Japan) Madeline is making things and staying sunny in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. You can keep up with Madeline’s endless fiber projects and find her travel blog at www.madelinewonderland.com