I took this photo while waiting for a train in Tokyo last November. It’s all about that Pacific Northwest flannel paired with simple Japanese stitches which makes this top so fetching. I need one.
It reminds me of Yumiko Higuchi’s classic, Wool Stitch. Her simple, deliberate, tiny designs can be used to embellish practically everything.
Yumiko San is a talented embroidery artist who manages the most even, clean stitches. Her patterns look simple but each one is graceful and alluring. Keep up with her newest designs and inspirational photos on her Facebook page. Yumiko Higuchi has a website where you can view her breathtaking artwork.
Unless you read Japanese, you might never know that this is her book as well. It contains detailed, photo instructions that anyone can follow, regardless of your preferred language. This book includes a stitch guide but the best part is that she gives clear patterns of how to make coin purses, pouches, bows, headband, decorations and collars.
It was difficult to decide which pattern to use because I like so many of them but I decided on repeating the fir trees in her Night Forest design.
Being from the Pacific Northwest, I have plenty of flannel on hand. I found this beauty in the Young Men’s section of a local department store while shopping with my son. Who knew it contained an entire resource of women’s fashion?!
Do you have something in your closet that could use some Japanese inspired threads?
When she’s not gallivanting overseas (usually to Japan) Madeline is making things at home in the Oregon countryside where she lives with four dogs, a pig and her human family. You can keep up with Madeline’s endless fiber projects and find her travel blog at www.madelinewonderland.com as well as visit her Etsy shop.