Tuesday, September 27, 2016

EMBROIDERY | Lemmikko, Artisan de la Broderie d'Art in Tokyo

✩ Bonjour ✩

Today I would like to introduce you to a wonderful space dedicated to the haute-couture embroidery that I discovered in Tokyo earlier this year. I had heard about Lemmikko from my students and friends, I knew about their book and I had discovered their delicate embroidery work in various articles so I was extremely keen to meet up with founders/ designers Akiko Ogawa and Shiro Shibata. The re-opening of Lemmikko's Colorbucket shop was the perfect opportunity to come and discover this exquisite space!

1. Colorbucket, the shop

Imagine a delightful place where beads, sequins and other embroidery materials & tools cover every wall. All the furnitures have been tailor-made and built by Shiro Shibata and I am impressed by the  amount of work and attention to details that it represents. 
The sequins & beads come in all shapes and a stunning range of colors, and everything has been organized to be easily accessible and to please the senses of embroiderers. 
How to resist to so much beauty!

Shiro Shibata, one of the founders of Lemmikko
Delicate and shiny beads adorning the walls behind the counter
Loving the creative way to display materials in light bulbs!
Vintage as well as new materials: creativity has no boundaries!
Beads coming in all shapes and materials
An ingenious and pretty way to display & organize all the sequins
One of my favorite colors!
Every tool you can dream of, and more!
Mimosa embroidery sample
You can also try out one of the Lemmikko kits
More beads than you can imagine...

Do you need embroidery materials for your next project? Visit Colorbucket, conveniently located near Yoyogi-Uehara station in the heart of Tokyo. All information here (in Japanese). 

2. Classes at Lemmikko

The space where embroidery classes take place is located on the ground floor, next to Colorbucket. It's very bright and peaceful, showcasing embroidery projects on the walls as well as various tools. That day Akiko Ogawa is teaching a class, I am really happy to meet her and exchange a few words in French. Students quickly set up their embroidery frames and start working on their individual projects in a relaxing atmosphere. I am envious of their skills at the crochet de Lunéville embroidery, which I don't master yet... I still prefer needle embroidery!

You can find all details about the classes at Lemmikko here (in Japanese). 

You can also follow Lemmikko on Facebook {here} as well as discover their blog {here}
to keep up to date with their news, various events & promotions.

Akiko Ogawa in between Higoshi-san and myself :-)

The meet-up with Akiko Ogawa and Shiro Shibata was made possible 
by my student & friend Sachiko Higochi {merci beaucoup!}. 

1 comment :

  1. Hi, do you have their address? Their website is not working.