On October 11th, 2017, a car hit me while I was crossing the street on a green light. Due to the injuries, I was in the hospital for a month.   Just came home on November 9th. 


Unable to be at my Bunka Classes, I have encouraged my students to help each other in the open classes that are set up for them during my absence.  My students miss me, as I miss them, but they are helping each other.   Often students need the communication with their collegues to better understand a concept that was a mystery to them.


Aiming to be back in the classrooms in January! 





Just before the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend, my Two Toronto Bunka Embroidery Classes began.   Wonderful to see everyone!  What was so amazing is the progress that my students have made.   Three framed pictures were displayed during one of the Classes.   Framing a picture is the ultimate finish to an art project  that has taken many months to stitch!  Enthusiasts of Bunka Emboidery - Wow!

Once a picture is completed and hanging on the wall, you can see what great determintation can create.   Just hung a picture in one of my student's home, and she is very pleased with the custom framing, as well as how it looks in her livingroom.  She had the determination to stitch her picture in class only.   It took many years to complete the beautiful picture, Winter Mill.   


Watching a student learn the beautiful art of Bunka Embroidery is absolutely amazing!  What makes my day, as a well respected teacher, is when a student goes beyond the basic stitches and experiments with different techniques to create a unique picture on their own!  Their joy is my joy!

Now that most of the Classes are completed for the Spring Session, it is time to Celebrate our accomplishments together!  Spending time with my students is important.   This Thursday, we are meeting for lunch to enjoy each others company. 

Once a bunka enthusiast learns the numerous stitches, and can incorporate one's knowledge of dimension, the person can spread their wings and create their own pictures!  What a joy to see this happen with my students!

In March of 2017, an exceptional art instructor, Carey Smith, left this earthly world.   He taught his students about life's colourful mosaics.  Everything in nature is made up of a wide variety of colours.  He taught us that the blending of colours is what creates dimension in life and on any canvas.  Carey is a person, who will be fondly remembered by those whose life he touched. 

Thanks to all in the following companies, who have encouraged me to move forward and continue in this beautiful artwork of Japanese Bunka Embroidery.   ThreadArtist International, Bunka With Flair, Bunka Shishu Artisans, The Finished Picture and BunkaCraft.