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Biography

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Ayako Otsuka

Ayako Otsuka began her career as an instructor for the Ondori Academy of Tokyo after working for a few years as a flight attendant for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. A native of Fukuoka, Japan, Ayako began taking stitching lessons at an early age with her mother, who is also an active embroidery designer.

Throughout her career, Ayako’s work has been showcased by many major companies, including Toyota (2006 calendar), MisterDonut (2004 calendar), the Florida Department of Citrus, Herbis Ent in Osaka, and many others. She has been a regular instructor for NHK, a Japanese broadcasting corporation.

Ayako has served as the supervisor for the Japanese language editions of Betty Barnden books, and numerous books of her own unique embroidery work have been published by such prestigious companies as Shogakukan, Ondorisha, and NHK. Ayako enjoys teaching her unique styles of stitching on white embroidery, botanical embroidery, stump work and more at her own studio, Ecru.

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