Dianne Jeha holds a framed example of her Japanese embroidery.
Dianne Jeha holds a framed example of her Japanese embroidery. Chris Ison

Dianne joins the embroidery elite

ROCKHAMPTON'S Dianne Jeha is moving into an elite group of Australians qualified to teach the ancient Japanese art of Nuido.

Today she will be among six students, of varying levels, taking part in a five-day Nuido workshop under the guidance of New Zealander Maureen Moore in Rockhampton.

Dianne is in the process of completing her level 10 in the ancient art, which will enable her to become one of a select band of people in the western world who can become a teacher.

She hopes to achieve level 10 by early next year.

Her phase nine piece, Michinaga, is on display at the world Nuido exhibition now showing in Adelaide.

Nuido is the way of traditional Japanese embroidery combining the techniques (Nui) with The Way (Do) (see fact box).

Dianne said practitioners stitched with the heart, with the hands the exit of the spirit.

She said its rewards were many.

"I believe you need to keep studying something in life," said Dianne, who has been practising the art for about eight years.

"This attracted me. It's a commitment, a discipline that keeps your brain working and it requires fine motor skills.

"The biggest benefit though is it relieves your stress levels ... I find it meditative.

"This is something anyone can do if they are prepared to spend the time to learn."

Dianne said, like any art, the more time invested the better someone became.

"Like a lot of sports

people, if you don't do it on a regular basis your skills drop," she said.

"I try to stitch half an hour to an hour every day. Sometimes I do quite a lot longer."

Her involvement has taken her to different parts of the world, including Atlanta, the base of the only Japanese Embroidery Centre in the western world.

"I do have some nice pieces," Dianne said.

These include pieces which are part of the world exhibition in Adelaide.



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