Fall Colors, A Study in Rozashi – GCC Lightning Round


This course is available as a GCC Lightning Round through May 31, 2024. Our GCC Lightning Rounds are four or five of our Group Correspondence Courses that have been hand-picked by our Education Department and made available for individual EGA members to register without a group for a limited time. Visit our GCC Lightning Rounds page to learn more.

To enroll in this course you need an EGA membership. You can join us as a Chapter Member or as a Member At-Large.

More about Fall Colors below

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Maple leaf is a very important seasonal motif and symbol in Japan. Artists in Japan use the maple leaf in almost every work including poetry, ceramics, textiles, screens and other art forms. Fall is a time of festivals, celebrating nature, harvests and times for great fun in the cool crisp air of the season.

In Fall Colors, the leaves are over a gently flowing pool. It is restful, but also vivid in color. Fall Colors is a study in traditional Rozashi embroidery. The leaves, the water, the water lines, the sky, background are a study in the stitches that are traditional to Rozashi. All stitches are upright in this technique. Some of the challenges in Rozashi are making points on leaves and curves for the water lines/currents, working the design on a small count ro and maintaining the proper tension on the ro and the silk threads. A challenge is the silk gauze which forms rectangles instead of squares, to compensation is different than working on a squared gauze. There are interlocked silk yarns in the ro that form what is called the dan. All stitches go over the dan. Some stitches are known by the number of dan they cross. The fall leaves are worked in beautiful shades of silk in a variety of the Rozashi stitches. Stitches do not pierce the dan, they only go in the holes between the dan. The water is worked in the irregular stitch and the water lines are worked in silver metallic thread in ichi dan stitch. The piece consists of working with both silver and gold metallic thread and, filament silk threads that are tightly twisted and easy to handle. The stitches include irregular stitch, a combination of ichi and ni dan straight, satin, ni dan and san dan step stitches. The background sky is worked in ni san step double stitch. The water stitches are a combination of line stitch, the irregular, and satin stitch.

The kit comes complete with ro attached to frame, all silk and metallic threads, Rozashi needle, sticking paste for finishing, a Japanese needle and a #24 tapestry needle, and instruction booklet with color images.

Course information

Project: framed item; insert for box
Size of project: 5.5 x 5.5 inches
Skill level: Advanced Beginner
Time: 5 lessons, 6 months
Text and kit price: $95.00. (included in the cost of Lightning Round registration)
DMC Floss number for tassel: DMC® #997

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Learn more about Fall Colors and teacher Margaret Kinsey here.

Additional Notes:

Please visit the GCC: Lightning Rounds page to learn more about our Lightning Rounds before enrolling.

Lightning Round registration is a benefit of membership with EGA. Not a member? Simply register for this class and the membership will be automatically added to the cart for you.

Charges are higher for Canadian and International students to cover the additional shipping expenses.

There are no refunds for course or text fees so make your selection carefully.