From Beth: Last month we asked you who your favorite hand stitching experts were and so many of you told us: Mai! Mai stitches everything by hand, from clothing and sashiko to book covers and bags. She shares lots of tutorials on Flickr (we love this patchwork pouch) and on her Mairuru blog. Mai is up next with a fun hand sewing project just for us…

From Mai: Konnichiwa. I’m Mai from Japan. I have a shop and my blog. I sew from my childhood and always with only my hands, I don’t use any machines to sew. Hand stitch relaxes me a lot, so I sew even my clothes by hands! I live in Yokohama, near Tokyo. I worked as a computer engineer for 7 years, then I went to Italy to learn Italian language and to eat lots of Italian dishes. I also went to California to learn English last summer. I love Japan, but I want to see many cities in the world and meet many people. I opened my shop on Etsy about one and a half years ago. The shop and my English blog brought me many friends from all over the world. Now I’m really happy to write here also. Thank you very much for whom gave me such a great occasion. Sayonara.