I have finished photographing 5 new pieces, with a new kiku made and another in the works.
Not only that but I have landed several sales lately (six of which were the clearanced ornaments) which makes more space and also let me order more fabric! Squee!!!! Now I have 4 shades of green, 3 colors of multicolor chirimen, and a few colors for some upcoming projects. They are on their way, so I am hoping it will be here early next week.
Meanwhile I have been working another set of pillowcases with crewel embroidery, all satin stitch. It's a lovely design of roses and leaves, with butterflies (a fairly commonly marketed pattern. I found it at Walmart of all places), that I picked up shortly after my surgery. I am using it to practice stitching for Japanese Silk Embroidery, which I am still hoping to start in June. I was originally scheduled for may, but I am using my birthday money (which is beginning of may), and I don't think I can collect the necessary funds and place the order and RECEIVE it before June. But when I get it, there will be pictures. LOL.
I have also picked up quite the following of Japanese kanzashi artisans on instagram. I keep finding people to follow that are such fantastic fabric artists, it's kinda shocking when they, too, like my work. The constant positive feedback has made me delve into my work with renewed fury. And every time I go looking through the suggested people to follow, I find more and more and more artisans. It's no wonder I don't sell more internationally. That and I am still improving my product, each and every time.
Speaking of which, my new thread-wrapping the hair stick really seems to be working but I need to review my glue usage. I'm not certain about the best way to glue the thread down so it doesnt unwrap. Next up is nori, but it is SO SLOW to dry. I also have things like E6000, but it is hard to clean up and can be messy. I am just going to have to keep trying before I reform ALL my previous pieces to this new technique. ALONG WITH redoing all of my other hair forks to the new single stem, more traditional thread wrap style.
All in all, things are going well. :)