Advanced Class introduces more challenging designs to all students who have completed the first ten phases. At the present time, it is the highest level attainable to students of Japanese embroidery. (Further phases may be added in the future.)

2021 Online Advance Class

We are very excited to introduce the new design “Hana Mandala” which will lead us to a completely new challenge similar to the last teacher class with “Three Pillars of Nuido”. “Hana” means flower in Japanese and “Mandala” is a diagram, chart, or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a time-microcosm of the universe, but it originally meant to represent wholeness and a model for the organizational structure of life itself, a cosmic diagram that shows the relation to the infinite and the world that extends beyond and within various minds & bodies. The Hana is a symbol of the flowering of one’s potential and the Mandala is a method or cause for the effect.  Because we are still facing ongoing challenges during the pandemic we are hoping that this project will encourage us to nurture creativity to move us forward. To respond to our further mission even in such a condition, we are continuing to hold an online course and welcome all phase X graduate stitchers and advanced stitchers to the 2021 Advanced Class.

You will be provided with a polygon diagram to create three dimension effects using Horizontal, Vertical, and Realistic effects, etc.

Online course means you can participate remotely from your home with an internet connection! We will use online tools to maximize your understanding of this exciting project.
If you register, you will be going to receive;
– Live lecture
– Online video material for several months
– There will be stitching and live questionnaire time. We also take follow up emails

For registration and details, please click the below link. For the fabric details, it will be sent to you separately early next week, however, you can register prior to the order. Also, you are welcome to work on your ongoing project too.

Please think about which design will be suited to you before we send you the order link next week. Also, you can choose the design with Mandala or without mandala so you can add your own design by yourself later (additional session will be given for those who wish)

Recommended Fabrics

Thank you for your patience, the fabric order for the 2021 Online Advance Class is ready now!

Please Click Here to Go to Fabric Details

If you wish to customize your fabric other than our recommendation, please click here

For international shipping, we recommend UPS to ensure the delivery during this pandemic time

Special Nishijin – Silver (3D Mirror) – Only the white lines for Lotus and Mandala will be transferred

Uchikake fabric – Dyed – With Color

Monmuji (wide as Uchikake) – Dyed  – With Color

2020 Online Bevy of Beauties Workshop

Although we are facing ongoing challenges, many stitchers say that they are fortunate to be able to stitch while in this chaotic moment. To respond to our further mission even in such condition, we decided to hold an online course and welcome all phase students and advanced stitchers to the Bevy of Beauties workshop, as well as an optional, gold leaf course (will be done within the 5 days and after class hours). These courses will be held online more than likely. Click here to view a short video of gold leaf project  Please subscribe to this channel and click on like button!

This means you can participate remotely from your home with an internet connection! We will use online tools to maximize your understanding of this exciting project.
If you register, you will be going to receive;
– Link to access the online learning system.
– Online video material (lifetime update) for both embroidery and gold leaf
– There will be a live questionnaire time. We also take follow up emails.

For registration and details, please click the below links. You are also able to order an optional gold leaf starter kit packaged with tuition. Please note that supplies are provided first-come first-basis.

Due to this situation, please register and submit an order at your earliest convenience at least by the end of April so we can consolidate shipping before the course.

Fabric

We will be offering CK82-155T-S Bevy of Beauties with Monmuji fabric (Uchikake fabric with some conditions – if interested, please contact us)  professional dyed in Japan (background color with TC#608 only) for the following fabrics!

  • Monmuji (wide as Uchikake) – Dyed (TC#608) – With Color (Kata-yuzen) Professionally dyed in Japan
  • Monmuji – Dyed (wide as Uchikake) (TC#608) Professionally dyed in Japan

The outline on both fabrics is depicted with gold and “With color” fabric has multiple Kata-yuzen colors.

There are several things that we want to mention prior to the class which refer to ALL fabric orders (Background with all colors).

  • The fabric is designed to be displayed horizontally or vertically. According to Professional dyer’s sensitivity, this particular design is suited to display horizontally, so that flying butterflies will be emphasized. For this reason, the design and its weft direction are composed as below:
  • If you wish to display vertically it will look as follows.
  • Or you can try to display as below:
  • In such a way, you can enjoy displaying in multiple ways.
  • Please bring any butterfly stitching resources if you wish.
  • Tentative color set (subjected to change) can be referred from here
  • If you have any concerns, please contact us.

Gold leaf kit

This is your chance to participate in an optional gold leaf course. Please order the gold leaf starter kit packaged with tuition so that we can reserve your kit and seat. The links to the registration are available at the very end of this newsletter.
We will be learning a solid and fade-out effect on the butterflies. We are more than sure that it will be gorgeous and enhances your embroidery! Any necessary guidance may be provided after the regular class hours.
Click here to view a short video of gold leaf project 

The gold leaf kit with tuition is available for 99 USD, which includes:

  • 24K real gold, light pink, and silver leaf
  • Glue (made just for the gold leaf)
  • Stencil
  • Squeegee (2 sizes)
  • Brushes
  • etc.

The kit will be provided if payment is made during the registration process. There will be additional color leaf choices and tools upon your preference during check out and class, although please note that they are quite limited so please order as soon as possible!

Please bring the following additional tools if you are taking the course:

  • Cutting knife (“NT cutter art design knife” is Recommended) *In case you can’t bring it by flight, we will have some spares.
  • Cutting mat board (size which will cover 15 inch (38 cm) X 15 inch (38 cm) )
  • Ruler (stainless steel is preferable)
  • Pen, pencil, eraser
  • Scotch tape
  • Weights (To hold stencil. If not possible, it can be replaced with textbook or stack of magazines, etc.)
  • if you decide to apply more gold leaf after frame up, a stack of magazines or thick books may be used as base stand underneath the fabric. Please make sure that they reach the height of the fabric. They can be replaced with other light objects with a flat, hard surface.

Reminiscences of Battle – 2019 Advanced Class Theme

We are excited to announce the theme of the 2019 Advanced Class is “Reminiscences of Battle”.
It has been proposed by several Nuido members, who wish to honor great teachers, as well as members who have been in the “battle“ or long journey as stitchers, and as people confronting ordeals in life.
The moment of utmost pleasure for the teacher is to see completed pieces by her/his students. Witnessing these achievements gives stitchers and instructors an extraordinary joy. We encourage stitchers to bring their finished pieces to class in order to share them with us, or send us photos via email so we can post them to the website gallery. This will provide great encouragement to other stitchers, and engrave these moments in the gallery of your embroidery path forever.
We are no way near the perfection expected to commemorate one’s life journey, but we earnestly wish that images of completed designs will be passed down to the next generation as they have been for the past 1600 years.
Gunbai, or “war fan” is a fan-like device used by samurai commanders to direct troops during battle maneuvers, and as a symbol of rank.
There is a famous duel between Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin, which took place at the fourth Battle of Kawanakajima in 1561. The Uesugi forces reached the Takeda command post, and one of the most famous combats in Japanese history ensued. Uesugi Kenshin himself, burst into the Takeda headquarters attacking the surprised Takeda Shingen. Unprepared for such an event, Takeda parried the sword with his gunbai as best as he could, and held Uesugi off long enough for one of his retainers, Hara Osumi-no-Kami, to spear Uesugi’s mount and drive him off.


Nowadays, the gunbai is quite familiar as a Sumo wrestling referee’s device for conducting matches. For this reason, the gunbai motif is used for boys’ kimono, demonstrating the wish that wearer will be a leader, full of intelligence and determination.
Also, this motif is used for ladies’ kimono and obi to wish for guidance during the ordeals and turning points of life. May the wearers be successful and achieve their aspirations.
I hope this class will provide a good opportunity to study the place of gunbai in Japanese history, and experiment with traditional techniques used for this particular design. Very importantly, we wish to honor each stitcher for her/his accumulated endeavors in life.
We will offer two versions, the design layout as seen on the photo (both back and front side of obi). And the second choice will be only backside of obi.
We are very honored and thrilled to share this traditional, yet innovative design.

Or You Can Bring Your Own Project

Do you have a challenging project that you always hoped to tackle or an appealing project in your stash? This is the perfect time to work on it!
You will also be able to start on your Fractal Project piece, which is growing in numbers and it will be exhibited in Nuido World Exhibition 2020 in Tokyo

Registration

If you wish to reserve your seat for Atlanta class which will be more than likely to fill up quickly, please register from below.

2018 Advanced Class Theme – Scenery of Japan

The 2018 advanced class theme will be focusing on the landscape of Japan. There are so many scenery that have been loved and cherished for thousands of years such as Sacred Mount Fuji at Shizuoka/Yamanashi Prefecture and Gold Pavilion Temple at Kyoto.

Also, some of landmarks are used for the symbol of hope. In one of the design “Heart like the Moon”, there’s ‘miracle pine’ located at Iwate prefecture that survived the tsunami driven by great earthquake occurred in 2011 in Japan. It has immortalized as a monument to the victims of the disaster. There are thousands of survivors who lost their families and have no strength to live. But this symbol of rare survivor is keep encouraging them beyond words. It is indeed a heart of hidden virtue like the moon that shines light silently on the darkness of this world of suffering.

For those who live within a bustles of big cities, strolling in the bamboo forest will give you a completely different moment as “Heart like the Wind”. The time and place is filled with existence of nature that derives opportunities for deepening one’s life in place like Houkoku temple located at Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture. We realize the scent of dirt which we have forgotten, walk under the sunlight filtering through leaves, and sometimes meditate under the grove of bamboos… As you become more conscious about it, spending time within the light and wind of bamboo forest will certainly brings something that is precious. It is invigorating like the wind which awaken within myself and others earnest wishes that go beyond self-will.

There are several techniques that are used especially for the sceneries and we are thrilled to introduce them to you! If you wish to ask us for more details, please contact us.

We will be waiting for your participation!

  • Date

    Atlanta:

    • March 5 – 9, 2018
  • Place

    Atlanta: Japanese Embroidery Center

  • Design

    Gold leaf is optional

    C18-01 Sacred Mount Fuji

    Design DimensionsL13″ x W15″
    Recom’d Fabric TypeUchikake – Gold – Dyed – With Color
    Recom’d Fabric Length15″

    C18-03 Mount Fuji with Autumn Brocade

    Design DimensionsL13″ x W15″
    Recom’d Fabric TypeUchikake – Gold – Dyed – With Color
    Recom’d Fabric Length15″

    C18-02 Golden Pavilion Temple

    Design DimensionsL12″ x W12″
    Recom’d Fabric TypeTsumugi – Dyed
    Recom’d Fabric Length15″

    C18-10 Heart like the Wind

    Design DimensionsL17″ x W15″
    Recom’d Fabric TypeUchikake – Gold – Dyed – With Color
    Recom’d Fabric Length19″

    C18-11 Heart like the Moon

    Design DimensionsL17″ x W15″
    Recom’d Fabric TypeUchikake – Gold – Dyed – With Color
    Recom’d Fabric Length19″

Or You Can Bring Your Own Project

Do you have a challenging project that you always hoped to tackle or an appealing project in your stash? This is the perfect time to work on it!
You will also be able to start on your Fractal Project piece, which is growing in numbers now that we have more than 60 completed pieces delivered from Japan.

Registration

If you wish to reserve your seat for Atlanta class which will be more than likely to fill up quickly, please register from below.

Phoenix by Ito Jakuchu for 2017 Advanced Class (Atlanta)

This year’s Advanced Classes provided the great opportunity to experience the stitching of the White Phoenix by Ito Jakuchu. The theme is inspired by Ito Jakuchu and this class is long-waited for many stitchers just as the peacock. This design is shown on cover of Summer 2016 Nuido Journal and on publication of, The Nuido World Collection Vol II on page 98 – 99. This class will be held at JEC, Atlanta (March 6 -10, 2017)

Ito Jakuchu (1716 – 1800), creator of the White Peacock, was an amazing artist whose life and work fits extremely well with the concepts of Nuido. His life was based upon the earnest wish for technical mastery of his art, sensitivity and spirituality. The Peacock and Phoenix are two scrolls in a group of 30 that became his masterwork, called the Colorful Realm. Over a period of approximately ten years, he painted nature with great technical skill, and his own personal style and spirit.

For the year 2017, we will have the challenge of taking on the White Phoenix design, which officially forms a pair with the Peacock. It is wonderful, just as is the Peacock, but different. The Peacock is quiet, the Phoenix is full of energy. Both birds are considered holy birds in Japan. The mythical phoenix was associated with eras of benevolent rule.
We also would like to welcome the stitchers who have already taken the Peacock class or would like to take it for the first time. We will prepare a new session to polish the skills you already learned, and work on the surrounding areas such as flowers, and pine tree.

Another highlight for this class is Jakuchu’s Reverse Coloring (Urazaishiki). By applying paint to the backside of the artwork, he accomplished complex expressions using limited pigment he could get in that era. We applied this effect using dye (on front side) and further deepening his expression using silk and metallic threads.
The image contains the new coloring effect on bird area (optional).

Please contact us or visit our website for more details.
We will be waiting for your participation!

  • Date

    Atlanta:

    • March 6 – 10, 2017
  • Place

    Atlanta: Japanese Embroidery Center

  • Design

    Phoenix
    Design dimensions: L30″ x W15″
    Recommended fabric: Uchikake – Gold with Color
    Recommended fabric length: 31″

    Details will be announced later.

Or You Can Bring Your Own Project

Do you have a challenging project that you always hoped to tackle or an appealing project in your stash? This is the perfect time to work on it!
You will also be able to start on your Fractal Project piece, which is growing in numbers now that we have more than 60 completed pieces delivered from Japan.

Registration

If you wish to reserve your seat for Atlanta class which will be more than likely to fill up quickly, please register from below.

Peacock by Ito Jakuchu for 2016 Advanced Class (Atlanta and Japan Trip)

We cordially welcome all phase X graduates to register for the next 2016 Advanced Class. The theme will be Peacock inspired by Ito Jakuchu. This class is long-waited for many stitchers and we appreciate your patience. This design is shown on page 5 of the publication, Japanese Embroidery the World of Kurenai-kai. This class will be held at JEC, Atlanta (March 7 -11, 2016 & August 8 – 12, 2016 with free optional stitching day on 13th as we have design class on 15 – 16) and Kurenai-kai, Japan (September 21 – 25, 2016)

Ito Jakuchu (1716 – 1800) is a well-known Japanese painter of the mid-Edo period, whose paintings examine traditionally Japanese subjects, particularly birds. Many of his otherwise traditional works display a great degree of experimentation with perspective, details, and with other very modern stylistic elements.

To make this class a better experience for each stitcher, we made a trip to Japan and learned special methods of expression from Mr. Yamashita at the Kurenai-kai workshop. It is quite challenging to express the intricate brush strokes and distinctive expression of Ito Jakuchu, but interpretation with silk threads and metallic threads brings about new dimension to the path of Nuido. We are also preparing a stitching video.

As for the fabric, we will be using Uchikake – Gold fabric which is wider than most standard-width fabrics.
You have an option for gold leaf. If so, please submit fabric order 35 days prior to the desired shipment date, or the class date.

  • Date

    Atlanta:

    • March 7 – 11, 2016
    • August 8 – 12, 2016 with free optional stitching day on 13th

    Japan trip

    • September 21 – 25, 2016
  • Place

    Atlanta: Japanese Embroidery Center
    Japan: Kurenai-kai

  • Design

    WKB08-005 Peacock
    Design dimensions: L27″ x W15″
    Recommended fabric: Uchikake – Gold with Color
    Recommended fabric length: 33″

Or You Can Bring Your Own Project

Do you have a challenging project that you always hoped to tackle or an appealing project in your stash? This is the perfect time to work on it!
You will also be able to start on your Fractal Project piece, which is growing in numbers now that we have more than 60 completed pieces delivered from Japan.

Registration

If you wish to reserve your seat for Atlanta class which will be more than likely to fill up quickly, please register from below.
As for Japan trip, we will announce you via JEC newsletter and Facebook as soon as we have an update.
If you wish to subscribe to JEC Store Newsletter for any updates on 2016 Advanced class at Kurenai-kai Japan, please sign up from here)

Rising Carp with Special Dye (Please note that this class is for Phase X graduates only) March 2- 5, 2015

We are getting ready for our next Advanced Class at JEC, which will be held on March 2- 5, 2015. The main theme for the class will be Rising Carp which can be viewed on “Japanese Embroidery the World of Kurenai-kai” on page 62.

Mr. Tamura applied dye on the fabric so that the small motifs, which were originally stitched with superimposed technique, can be now stitched directly on the dyed fabric. You will see that the richness and luxury atmosphere will still be maintained because of the dye, without the intimidating superimposed technique, which is considered one of the most difficult techniques in Japanese embroidery.

Please make sure to include Design “WKB08-062 Rising Carp” in the same cart OR you can attach/upload your Fabric Order Form on this page.

For the fabric, we recommend Nishijin – Gold/Silver with Color.

Upon checkout, please select “JEC Pickup” for shipment. If you are not Georgia resident and if tax is not included in total, please note that you will be charged for 7% Georgia sales tax at the time of pickup.

Or You Can Bring Your Own Project

Do you have a challenging project that you always hoped to tackle or an appealing project in your stash? This is the perfect time to work on it!

You will also be able to start on your Fractal Project piece, which is growing in numbers now that we have more than 60 completed pieces delivered from Japan.

To reserve seat, please register from below option at least 15 days before the first day of class.

ONLINE APPLICATION

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Instruction: Click the item of your preferred date. Choose your membership, tuition, items, etc, then Click “Add to Cart.” Checkout with your preferred payment. Make sure you register with us to fully receive various services such as member discount on store etc.

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Advanced Class 2014 (March 3 – 6)

We are excited to annouce the upcoming Advanced Class 2014. For this time, we will be proposing the refined design of “Playing with Scrolls with Color” which can be referred to  in “Japanese Embroidery the World of Kurenai-kai”

Another option will be working on the Fractal Project or another design you wish to bring, however, Mr. Tamura highly recommends working on this special theme to further deepen the traditional colors and history behind it.

We are trying to reach a higher dimension through applying color on fabric. If you wish not to have the color applied, please indicate accordingly on online store or fabric order form.

The theme for this year is the dimension and movement.

By the combination of color (dye) and technique, we will take on a challenge to express the dimension and movement.

To reserve your seat, please register from here.

Please make sure to include Design “WKB08-064 Playing with Scrolls” in the same cart OR you can attach/upload your Fabric Order Form in the registration page.