Members of the Skating Club of Boston are bringing a hand-sewn advantage to the ice during the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the TD Garden, starting Jan. 5.
More than 20 designs by Wellesley resident Yumi Barnett-Nakamura will be worn there by the club’s top competitors — and possibly at the 2014 Sochi Olympic games. Among the Hub-based hopefuls wearing her pieces will be Christina Gao, Ross Miner and pairs skaters Gretchen Donlan and Andrew Speroff, and Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir.
“I like art,” Kyoto, Japan-raised Barnett-Nakamura told the Herald. “My father is an accountant. My background is accounting. My grandfather is a kimono artist. I must have gotten the gene.”
Her delicate creations can include more than 2,000 Swarov-ski crystals sewn individually into mesh and chiffon, and can take a month or more to make.
The mother of three picked up needle and thread eight years ago when her youngest daughter was active in skating.
“Others were wearing the same thing, so I thought I will make them for her,” Barnett-Nakamura said.
Her designs caught the eye of the skating club’s coach Mark Mitchell, who trains Gao and Brookline skater Yasmin Siraj.