Monday, March 29, 2010

Japanese Embroidery in Chicago

If you've ever wanted to try Japanese Embroidery, here's a local opportunity. This small project will teach you all of the basics of this technique.
© Original Design by KAREN L. PLATER

In Japan , the symbolism of the Koi fish represents perseverance in adversity, determination, and strength of purpose. It is usually considered a symbol of masculine strength, though it can be applied to women as well.

Try your hand at a variety of traditional Japanese Embroidery techniques in silks and metal threads while creating this playful and symbolic design.

Class: SAT – MAY 22 and SUN – MAY 23, 2010
Place: Hyde Park – Chicago , IL
Proficiency Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Design Size: 6” circle
Cost: Complete kit - $100 + Teaching fee - $50
Registration: $75 deposit
Deposit Due: May 1, 2010
Contact: Ruth Bloom -

About the Teacher:
Karen L. Plater has mastered all ten Phases for certification as a teacher (sensei) of Traditional Japanese Embroidery and has been teaching for 6 years.
In 2006 she completed a two-year teaching apprenticeship at the Japanese Embroidery Center in Atlanta where she continues to teach. Karen also has monthly classes in her Florida home studio and is now expanding her teaching locations to include Chicago , IL . She continues to travel to Japan for study with professional embroiderers and recently taught an original design at a retreat in Maine .
Her work has been on exhibit in Japan , the United Kingdom and the United States . In October, 2008 she hosted a one-woman show of her embroideries at the University Club of Winter Park, FL.

“ It is only through achieving a combination of technique and design skills while expressing a personal sensitivity that one is able to pursue the beautiful art of Nuido or the “way” of embroidery.”
Class: SAT – MAY 22 and SUN – MAY 23, 2010
Class time 9:30A to 3:30P. (Classroom will be open at 9:00A for set-up). Lunch 12N - Bring a lunch. Please be prompt and plan to stay for the entire class.

Place: Hyde Park – Chicago, IL
The location of class is Regents Park Apartments 5020 S. Lake Shore Drive (enter via East End Ave.). Please tell the concierge that you are visiting Karen Plater in “corporate” apartment 316N.

Design Size: 6” circle

Kit Fee/Contents: $100; traditional small Japanese frame, obi silk with design and special dyes applied, all flat silks and metallic threads required to complete the design, special tools (tekoburi, koma, assorted needles) and instruction booklet with color image.

Teaching Fee: $ 50

Supplies to bring to class: Please bring your regular stitching supplies plus - notepaper and colored pencils, small ruler in millimeters. Should you feel the need for a magnifier or project light, bring your own.

Registration and Deposit Due: $75 - May 1, 2010
Fill out registration form, then make check payable to KAREN L. PLATER
Get all information and check to Ruth Bloom

Contact: Ruth Bloom ( Chicago-Hyde Park contact)
4940 S. East End Ave.-Apt 18B
Chicago , IL 60615
HOME 773-752-2420 WORK 773-702-3628
Class: SAT – MAY 22 and SUN – MAY 23, 2010


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4940 S. East End Ave. –Apt 18B
Chicago, IL 60615

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Show and Tell: Karen, Carol, Jeni

I'm so sorry for the delay in getting these pictures up. I think I have spring fever!

This is a very poor picture of a lovely key-ring, finished by Karen. My camera tends to revolt with anything shiny, so Karen, I'm very sorry.


Here are two bracelets finished by Carol.


And here's Jeni's contribution:


It is the same bracelet as the previous picture, but I assure you, there were two. The squares were originally designed as links in a bracelet also, but they are gorgeous as pendants. Good thinking for the change, Jeni!

I have a couple more pictures for later.


Friday, March 12, 2010

Guild Meeting

We had a guild meeting last Monday, I'm sorry to take so long to get this report going. I will start with the "show and tell" pictures next week, but I just wanted to show the picture of our project leader Georgeann. The project was shadow trapunto; stay tuned for some very cool pictures next month. The kits she provided were fantastic, and very complete. I can't wait to get going on mine.


We also decided to change our meeting place. We have been meeting at the same church for all the years I have been a member, probably more than 20, so going to a new place will be a big change. It will be a good thing, though.

Friday, March 5, 2010

upcoming events

Mark Your Calendars! There are several events coming up!

String-a-long quilt guild in Valparaiso, Indiana, is having their show on March 27 and 28. I’ve been before and it’s a good one! They have a great vendors market and flea market as well as a large display of beautiful quilts.

Art in the Garden at the Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso, Sunday June 6.

International Quilt Festival
April 16-18,2010
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL

The Bead&Button Show is the largest jewelry and bead show in the world! Over 370 vendors will be selling one-of-a-kind finished jewelry plus precious gems, pearls, art beads, gold and silver, beading supplies and books. The show will also feature a juried exhibit of inspiring bead art and over 600 bead and jewelry classes. You don't want to miss this very special event!

Admission is $10.00; children under 12 free
Friday, June 11, 2010 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Saturday, June 12, 2010 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Sunday, June 13, 2010 10:00 am–4:00 pm

Midwest Airlines Center
400 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI

Midwest Fiber and Folk Fair

July 16-18, 2010
NEW! Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake, IL
Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-4pm