When I first began Lilipopo it was zakka sewing that interested and encouraged me. I love the way very simple designs can be beautiful with a little care. So over the Easter weekend I had a little time to do some personal stitching and pulled out my zakka embroidery book by Yumiko Higuchi. I have had this book for quite a while now. I did stitch one design when I first received it, loved it and then put the book in my bookcase and left it. This week my train pass wallet fell to pieces in my hands so I decided that, rather than get another ugly plastic one from Great Western Rail, I would stitch my own pretty one and I remembered this book
There is a card wallet pattern in the book but I wanted a different design on it so I used the wallet pattern but spent some time working out where to put elements of the botanical design onto the wallet pattern. I think most of the designs can be put onto most of the projects. I love this design! Flowers and insects are fabulous for stitching.
this little bee is stitched with stem or outline stitch in the book. I got ahead of myself and misread the pattern and stitched it using backstitch. But he still looks great. I had to use double my normal number of strands but I love the way it stands out from the fabric but it still has the details.
I really wanted to stitch this flower! I was a little wary of all the chain stitch and at first I did have to do some undoing until I had a chain that seemed a good size but, once I got stitching, it was a dream to stitch. I love love love the effect of the chain stalk and the running stitch petals. I'm not too sure why I put the bird where I did other than that I wanted to stitch the bird! I think he could be elsewhere but I still love the simple design. The final wallet is perfect for my train pass and library card.
and I am so addicted to these designs that I have started another tile pattern. This is a little lavender or pin cushion, I haven't decided yet... I just wanted to stitch it. Lots more chain stitch practice. I think chain could be my new addiction, which surprises me because it's not a stitch I would normally use very much.
I absolutely recommend this book, it's perfect for making small projects that you can carry around anywhere with you. The focus is on one or two colours so you don't even need lots of threads to take about with you. The projects would make beautiful gifts too.
I would love to hear about your favourite embroidery books, after all you can never have too many!
Now I'll hide this stitching away for the weekend and get on with my work!