Introduction by Jerry: It’s Thursday, July 20, 2017. Yesterday Hili became aware that Hiroko Kubota, who made my lovely embroidered Hili shirt, has just published her second book—and a new embroidered Hili was on the cover! (A copy is being sent to Poland.) Not only that, but Hiroko made a time-lapse video of her embroidering Hili, as well as another cat and a d*g. She is a wonderful artist in thread, and for a while would take orders to custom embroider your cat, dog, or anything else on a shirt, purse, etc. (she also makes the shirts). Now she’s overwhelmed with work, and her etsy shop GoGo5 notes that she is not taking current orders. You can, however, order her two books. The first one, neko shirt, featured some instructions as well as photos of her happy customers, their pets, and their shirts (including me!); the second is for professionals and tells you how to embroider cats. But her talent is special, and it would be difficult for even a professional to match her artistry.
Below is the cover of Hiroko’s second book, which so inspired Hili that she insisted, besides engaging in a dialogue about it with Andrzej, on writing a post about Hiroko—and of course Hili, for, like all cats, she’s a narcissist. Here are Hili’s own words:
Hili: We have to show how my portrait is getting embroidered.
A: Hili, it isn’t seemly.
HilI: I’m only praising a great artist. Today the link leads to a story about Hiroko and her artistic embroideries.
We cats like balls of yarn. It’s worse with embroidering, but we like to watch it because sometimes a ball of thread falls off a lap. Some people are embroidering chasubles, others do birds, but I am going to tell you about Hiroko Kubota, who embroiders cats and dogs. Maybe you remember Jerry in a shirt with my portrait? It’s a beautiful portrait, isn’t it? It conveys my character very well.
Now Hiroko has published a book about embroidered cats, and just guess who is on the cover! You guessed it. There is even a video about the embroidering of my portrait. Fascinating! I have watched it many times.