Update on June

 
As most of you know, our Hbiscus Chapter President, June White, moved recently from Sun City Center to Tallahassee to be closer to her family.

She and her husband, Malcolm bought a beautiful house within a few minutes of her newest grandson and his parents.  Her other grandchildren, Maddy Kay and Sawyer are also a lot closer now.  June and Malcolm are both enjoying being able to see the whole family a lot more often and getting settled in their new home. 

June still plans to get her ABEA instructor certification and may even start a new chapter one day, but for now, she will remain a member of Hibiscus Bunka and hopes to see us all in Daytona in February.
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We miss you, June!!
 

October Hibiscus Meeting

 
The meeting was short and sweet - just the way we like it!  Then the fun began.  Joan Wetzel demonstrated the proper technique for mounting a Bunka picture onto foam core for those of us who choose to do our own framing or simply want to prepare our artwork for the framer.

Joan's presentation was especially interesting to our new members who are just learning about stitching and even the members who have been mounting their own work for years learned a few new "tips and tricks of the trade."  Thanks, Joan!!

If you have ideas or suggestions for future presentations, or to improve our meetings in any way, Marge Vonderembse has a suggestion box.  She and Joan are working hard to make the meetings and presentations as relevant and interesting as possible.  Your suggestions are appreciated and can be made anonymously if you prefer.
  

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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.