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Japanese Punch Pictures (Bunka)

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Category Sewing
Type Home Decor
Style Classic, Traditional
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What materials did you use? Bunka Kit with two types of fabric, stretcher bars, tacs to secure fabric, bunka thread, bunka needles, close cutting thread clippers.

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What are you most proud of? I learned Japanese Punch Pictures in classes with a native speaker while living in Japan. He taught by example and spoke very little English. Over time I developed strong skills and thoroughly enjoy this craft. These pictures demonstrate most of the stitches and special techniques involved in Bunka. I love the results.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Work with a qualified teacher. I've seen some on the net. Begin with simple projects to learn basic stitching and techniques before taking on more difficult works. Learn how to read the markings on the fabric and also how to incorporate colors and stitches based on the color photo that comes with each kit. Punch the needle head the full depth of the point. Drag your needle between stitches and work evenly without over stitching. Keep your work taut. Use several needles threaded with different colors and work evenly across an area with several colors. Don't stitch all one color at a time and go back to fill in. Complete small areas of the design as you go. Punch specialty stitches like pine needles, moss, whiskers, or padding last. Your finished picture should be kept taut when framed and mounted behind recessed glass. Hang out of bright light.

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Wow! this is amazing!

10/18/2012 Flag

Thank you. What a nice compliment!

10/18/2012 Flag

My mom and I did this when we lived in Japan. Where do you buy your kits?

09/23/2013 Flag

I bought mine while living in Japan. But here's a link to a company out of Canada:

09/25/2013 Flag

These are gorgeous! When my grandma passed she left an unfinished bunka picture which I would like to finish. I wish I could learn this!

02/24/2014 Flag

Thanks much Lifeispurrfect! Check out this company out of Canada ttp:// I think they offer DVD discs that teach the skills..

02/24/2014 Flag

Does Craftsy have a class for Bunka. I have a project I started years ago and need to re learn the procedure..

04/28/2015 Flag

Not as far as I know. You might contact them via email and suggest it. I did that and now there are serger classes. The only info I've found since leaving Japan are teachers in Canada...

04/29/2015 Flag

Thx Nana Jean. I have Geisha girl to finish. Will email Craftsy.

04/30/2015 Flag

You're welcome.

04/30/2015 Flag