Hibiscus Chapter of ABEA

Welcomes New Honorary Junior Members

Josie and Lucy Moore


Our own Debbie Fiedler is certainly doing her part to perpetuate the ancient art of Bunka Shishu.  Her granddaughters completed their very first artwork during a recent visit.  We are honored and pleased that these two smart and talented young ladies chose to spend part of their vacation with our class.  And we couldn't be more proud of their work. 

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At least one of our Bunka stitchers has "other" talents!

Thanks to a wonderful Mother's Day gift from her daughter, Stacey, our own Helen Smith discovered she also has a knack for painting with watercolor.  Move over, John James Audubon, here's Helen Smith's "Hummingbird and Flowers."
          Helen and Stacey Display their Art.


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.