Satin Bow – Not the same as tying my shoes

That beautiful, shiny, slippery satin ribbon takes some real talent to get just the right bow!  I thought it would be easy, just like tying my shoes. Not.

After all the sewing, designing, crocheting and embroidery, I know I have some skills. Yet, Multiple failures and flashbacks from my mother’s shoe tying lessons drove me to Google how to tie a perfect satin bow.

For the future, it would be best to stick with crochet & sewing…IMG_0026


Stop by Hagiso from October 16 – 27, 2013 to see the completed piece. 7 additional artists in the Tokyo Art Byte  will also have work on display for the Tokyo Spidering 東京クローラ Show.

50% Silk/50% Alpaca yarn from La Droguerie, this yarn is absolutely A. Maz. Ing! It feels like crocheting a cloud whenever I use it.

So light, so soft, so comfortable in which to work. I covet it. Every single horribly expensive inch of it.

Fat Squirrel Speaks Podcast CAL is my excuse to buy more :)

She is having a “Squirrel it away cowl” Crochet Along/Knit Along which goes through October 28, 2013 so I’ve started a lovely crochet cowl using a couple of lace patterns for my MIL.



La Droguerie has shops in France and Japan and is a cute little yarn shop with lots of buttons, beads and baubles to make the most adorable and boho yarn-y things. Scarves with beads, little creatures with button-y eyes. Beautiful yarns in the most beautiful colors make this yarn shop absolutely worth the visit if you happen to be in France or Japan.

Shidarezakura – Look Mom, No Embroidery Hoop!

Watch the artist work in this short video of me embroidering the details on a small Shidarezakura Spring Hanging Scroll. The complete project, Four Season Hanging Scrolls will be on display at Hagiso Gallery starting October 16 – 27, 2013.

You are welcome to join me in a Crochet with the Artist on Thursday, Oct 24 from 1- 3 at the Gallery.  10月24日 (木)13:00 – 15:00 -アーティストと一緒にかぎ針編みしましょう (Deanna Koubou)

Summer Thread Sketching

I’ve been busy in my tatami room again working on completing pieces for the Tokyo Spidering 東京クローラ exhibition at Hagiso Gallery next month.

I have been using simple embroidery floss to sketch my final designs on the cotton canvas of my hanging scrolls. By using a running stitch with unknotted thread as quick and easy sketch lines they will stay for as long as I need. This way I don’t need to worry about removing any kinds of marks on the fabric and leaves the design open for me to free-hand embroider as I go.


Permanently attaching the hand crocheted flower as a starting point, then sketching the strong green stem which is designed using various shades of embroidery threads.


When the free-hand embroidery work is done I can easily pull the unknotted sketching thread out of the piece without any damage to the fabric.


Starting Oct 16, 2013 my Four Seasons Collection will be shown at Hagiso Gallery in Tokyo.

Hagiso Gallery:

“…But how do I describe it?”


Frustrated. That’s how my husband felt after he spent an evening with friends attempting to  describe my art work. He asked my why I couldn’t just do something that was easy to describe. My biggest cheerleader and I never gave him a clue as to what my work was all about, what my motivation and most especially the Japanese vocabulary!

So here goes, dear:

Most basically my work is The Four Seasons (shiki, 四季) presented on cotton fabric (men, 綿) hanging scroll style (kakejiku, 掛け軸). Each season’s motif, such as sakura or momiji, is hand crocheted (kagibariami, かぎ針編み) and a unique scene is created on each scroll combining the motifs with embroidery thread. I paint with thread and yarn.

And DH? Don’t forget to tell them about the Gallery Show at Hagiso in October.

My First Gallery Showing in Tokyo!


Starting Oct 16, I and 7 other artists here in the Tokyo area will be showing at the Hagiso gallery in the Yanaka neighborhood next to Nippori Train Station.

My Four Seasons Hanging Scroll Project is finally coming to fruition. Lots of fun little sakura, colorful summer flowers, multiple colors of momiji and white snowflakes are the core of my project exploring the updating of my personal internal clock since moving here to Japan.

Markers of time such as Thanksgiving, Tax Day and Halloween are not observed here in Japan so I needed to find a new clock. Japan celebrates the fleeting, ephemeral beauty of nature. Every month there is a new flower in peak bloom or the momiji are turning colors.

Check back to see when my Crochet with the Artist session will be at the Hagiso Gallery:

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