I really enjoyed my whirlwind holiday break to Japan last month.
If you are a regular reader you may have noticed that my “escape the office“ breaks all have one thing in common. …… I try to go somewhere out of reach of the telephone and computer,
While an international trip doesn’t necessarily meet this criteria, it was easy to get caught up in the travel and ignore the computer for 10 days.
Unlike my friend’s trips to Japan, our trip did not have a textile purpose ….. we were with a group of whisky lovers, touring distilleries.
But I did manage the occasional textile “fix”.
I found some great examples of sewing tools when we visited the Hida Folk Village in Takayama.
It was also here that I saw my first live koi.
They really did look like the sewing/quilting designs that I had seen on the “Colour me Quilty” blog.
I didn’t find a quilt exhibition on our travels, but I did see some beautiful embroidery on display in the hotel in Tokyo when I went to breakfast one morning.
The detail was amazing
It is interesting to see that embroidery stitches, and techniques, are very similar regardless of where you are in the world.
It was a treat to see these embroidery pieces being used as centre pieces for the breakfast buffet.
And of course, as I hadn’t expected to see a quilt exhibition on this trip, I was constantly on the look out for possible patchwork designs.
I am tempted to turn this photo into a thread painted applique.