7th Annual Regional Bunka Seminar a Great Success

Blue ribbon.jpgThis year's seminar was an awesome opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.  There was much to be learned and all the experienced stitchers happily shared their tips and tricks.  

The whole seminar was obviously a well-planned team effort, but of course, we owe special thanks to the judges and instructors.  Our own Kit Klassen was one of the instructors for the open class!

The Sun City Center Hibiscus chapter definitely brought home our share of ribbons.  Check out the display case in the Atrium for a first-hand look at some of the work.

Kit Klassen won the Personal Choice award.  This is especially meaningful because it is the show's favorite piece, as voted on by the stitchers, and the participants' names are not revealed until after the voting is complete. 

As many of you know, Evelyn Brown has recently been dealing with serious health issues, but they obviously didn't slow her down because she and Ted were as busy and active as usual.  Thank you both for all your efforts and for spearheading such a wonderful experience!


Now THAT's Art!!

A very special birthday cake received by Helen Smith highlights her favorite hobby - Bunka.  This amazing creation was entirely edible and just as delicious as it was beautiful. 

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Happy Birthday, Helen.


Bunka Shishu 

Japanese Cultural Embroidery

Bunka Shishu is an art form that has been in existence in one form or another since the 11th century.  Originating in Russia, it spread to China, and then more than 900 years ago it became popular among the ladies of the Japanese Imperial Court.

In its present form, Bunka Shishu was started in Tokyo, Japan about 75 years ago.

Bunka Shishu translates to “painting with thread and needles” and a finished picture often resembles a finely detailed oil painting.  Only a closer look reveals the beautiful art of the stitchery.  The thread provides the texture and colors and the workmanship provides the depth of the overall picture.

Because each piece reflects the artist’s individual shading and blending of colors, along with her (or his) unique handiwork, no two pictures can ever look exactly alike.