Japanese Punch Pictures (Bunka)

Project Description

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.

What you will need

  • Bunka Kit with two types of fabric
  • stretcher bars
  • tacs to secure fabric
  • bunka thread
  • bunka needles
  • close cutting thread clippers.

Q&A with NanaJeanFL

Northwoods Pat asked:
Fascinating! I'm mostly fascinated because I lived in Japan as well ... totalling about 9 years ... and had both my children there. Other than the language, my only study there was in calligraphy, though... Nice work! Thank you for sharing it!
NanaJeanFL answered:
I had my 2nd child there and did study Japanese - but not before the class!
jfriel asked:
Never heard of this method before but it is just beautiful.
NanaJeanFL answered:
Thanks jfriel. I may have to add another project with pictures of the process. You should see the back. Its covered with little balls that form when the stretchy rayon thread is poked through the fabric. The threads are what gives it the unique look.
Beth245 asked:
Wow this is stunning - I have never heard of this method either but your work is excellent and really makes a statement. Love the bright colours and how they marry together. Well done
NanaJeanFL answered:
Thanks Beth! Glad you like these.
GmaMK asked:
Gorgeous work! I'm very impressed with your talents Jean!
NanaJeanFL answered:
Thank you GmaMK. I love your quilts and your use of color is wonderful.
lorindaseattle asked:
Wow! this is amazing!
NanaJeanFL answered:
Thank you. What a nice compliment!