At a Christmas craft sale I recently attended, a young Asian man had a booth of beautiful framed works of art. He explained that it was called Cixiu, the art of Chinese silk embroidery and that his whole family created the pieces for sale. There were many designs to choose from, but as a gardener, I was attracted to the one above showing a shimmery clump of ornamental grass. (and bought it)
I wish I had asked permission to photograph some of the family's work, the intricate details and colours produced some fabulous outdoor scenes, birds and mythical creatures.
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China domesticated silk worms 5,000 years ago to produce silk thread and fabrics.
From the web I was able to find a picture demonstrating the feathery stitches that can be achieved and a dragon that is often embroidered.
I'm linking with Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.