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. 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.