BUT they are very expensive and I can't bear the idea of buying something that I am too scared to wear so for the past few months I had the idea of embroidering my own one.
Nothing too complicated or I will never wear it outside the house but something that is striking enough for me to showoff. However what sort of embroidery should I do?
I wanted to try something like sashiko but creating regular running stitches isn't easy as I realised when I made my first kimono and I didn't want to spend the time drafting a pattern. So I made a sort of a compromise, last month I rediscovered tambour beading and I saw an example of the stitching used in this technique could be used to embroider pattern!
Perfect I thought, something that will create an easy running stitch which doesn't require me to plan where I have to stitch. Of course, the tambour hook which is used need a little bit of practice but once I could do the basic stitch, off I went to find my black fabric.
I decided to embroider a koi because I don't have a koi pattern in my wardrobe. I cheated here and searched the internet for a picture that I liked and then copied the style.
I drew it on using ordinary tailors chalk and once I was happy with the outline, I began to sew!
As you can see the progress I made wasn't bad and by day one I had the fish outline done!
The following day I filled in the scales which gave the koi a little bit more texture.
And of course we must not forget the water waves.
I am actually quite pleased with the result. If I was to do it again, will need to add some colour but at the moment I am in a black and white mood. Now I just need to make it into an obi.