Thursday, January 10, 2013

Color Cascade

Found on Flickr

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While browsing the Flickr pool to see what you all have gotten up to since the holidays, the exciting color and texture mix in this brooch made by Moligami caught my eye. As I read Moligami's photo description, I noticed the phrase "sagara embroidery", which I had never heard before, so of course I had to do a little research.

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But I wasn't able to find much! From bits and pieces all around the internet, I was able to piece together that Japanese sagara embroidery is essentially french knots, used solidly to fill a space or accentuate a printed fabric, such as on a kimono. And Moligami has certainly used french knots to wonderful effect on her brooch! Check out more of her Japanese-inspired embroidery on Flickr.

Julie is a knitter and stitcher, born in the US but now living in the UK. She loves vintage embroidery books and bad slasher movies. With her mum, Julie designs embroidery patterns inspired by literature under the name Little Dorrit & Co.



  1. you made my day so joyful, thank you for appreciating my embroidery tryings.
    Yeah, I`m inspired by japanese sagara but much simple is to use french knot name.
    Japanese embroidery exsists in my dreams but it`s so demanding but it was enough to push me on embroidery way at all.
    Greetings from Poland

    1. and one of most exquisitive real sagara you can see here:


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