Mizuhiki Greeting Card Workshop

Mizuhiki Greeting Card Workshop
with Kathy Yoshida of Hanko Designs

Sunday, March 5, 2023
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: In-person at the Center
$45 Center Members, $55 General Public

Mizuhiki are beautifully arranged Japanese paper cords tied into decorative designs and knots often used as embellishments and decorations. This ancient craft originated over 1500 years ago during the Asuka Era (late 500s) as a way to embellish gifts. Initially, only red and white cords were used, but today, dozens of different colors and shades, along with textures are available. The primary purpose for this craft today, however, is still to enhance and decorate gifts.

In this workshop, Kathy Yoshida of Hanko Designs will guide us through crafting handmade greeting cards with two different embellishment elements. The first element that will be covered is decoration with Mizuhiki paper cords, through which we will learn how to create a Mizuhiki crane design using the “Awaji knot.” The second element is Mon-kiri, creating and decorating with Japanese paper crest designs.
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About Kathy Yoshida
Hanko Designs, Owner

For over twenty years, Kathy Yoshida has imported and sold a variety of decorative artisan paper from Japan, and shared through classes, her love for Japanese paper crafts. Her company, Hanko Designs, also carries Asian rubber stamp images and dyes, and also offers other craft materials to create handmade cards.

The word “hanko” means “stamp” or “seal in Japanese. A hanko stamp is used to “sign” official documents. Hanko Designs is an online store specializing in supplying cardmakers and artists with Asian themed craft products. They provide a wide selection of Japanese washi paper, Asian art stamps, and craft accessories. Hanko Designs strives to find fun and innovative products from around the world, with some items exclusively produced for them. Hanko Designs is owned and operated by Kathy and Norman Yoshida out of Alameda, California.

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Mar 05 2023


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Center


The Center
1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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