2014 ABEA National Seminar held in Tampa, Florida

Our own Hibiscus Chapter was well represented and we all had a wonderful time.

It was great to see old friends and meet new ones and, as always, the exchange of information and ideas was invaluable.  Click here to see all the pictures we took and be sure to check out the Hibiscus entries above.

Every Hibiscus Chapter picture entered for judging won either a first or second place ribbon, and Helen Smith's Last Supper won the ribbon for Best in Show

This is especially impressive because all artwork is evaluated by Council of Masters judges, based on strict ABEA criteria.  Each picture is judged on it's own merit and not compared to the other pictures.  Additionally, the name of each stitcher is concealed to help the judges maintain impartiality.   
Each of our members brings her own particular stitching style and perspective to the work she does, but for all our entries to be judged so highly is a great tribute to the talents and dedication of our two Sun City Center instructors, Marjorie Vonderembse and Joan Wetzel.

Thank you Joan and Marge, and congratulations to all our stitchers!


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.