Thursday: Special Hili dialogue—and a post by Hili!

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:

by Hili

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.

Of course, Hiroko Kubota is embroidering other cats, too, and even dogs, but–what can I say?–my portrait is exceptional. I have to send her words of great gratitude.

Hiroko Kubota


  1. Posted July 20, 2017 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    Her work is exquisite!

  2. DrBrydon
    Posted July 20, 2017 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Simply beautiful, and so true to the subject.

  3. Randy schenck
    Posted July 20, 2017 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Hiroko-san is the master…

  4. Michael Fisher
    Posted July 20, 2017 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Yes Hili you do look exceptional ~ especially in summer when you’re not quite so… ’round’ shaped!

  5. rickflick
    Posted July 20, 2017 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Terrific artwork.

  6. ChrisH
    Posted July 20, 2017 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    It’s always nice to be reminded of Hiroko’s work! Plus I love that photo of Jerry & Hili – her highness is obviously very happy in it.

  7. Hempenstein
    Posted July 20, 2017 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Pretty cool how all that came together!

  8. darrelle
    Posted July 20, 2017 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    The level of detail Hiroko achieves is amazing. I can’t claim to be particularly experienced in the art of embroidery but I’ve never seen such fine detail in embroidery before.

  9. David Harper
    Posted July 20, 2017 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I would love to buy the book for my sister-in-law, who loves cats and embroidery, but it’s not listed at Amazon in the US or UK. Is the book in print yet?

  10. Andrea Kenner
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 5:18 pm | Permalink


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