Zakka Sewing: 25 Japanese Projects for the Household MOBI

Zakka Sewing: 25 Japanese Projects for the Household The phrase Made in Japan once conjured images of assembly line production, but now it connotes well made products that are unique and ingeniously designed sometimes elegant, sometimes cute, always charming And none are charming than the graceful, functional, sewn objects called zakka In Japanese, zakka means household goods, referring specifically to hand sewn items for domestic use tableware, kitchenware, containers of various kinds, even simple clothing Therese Laskey and Chika Mori were enchanted by the many clever pieces they saw online but disappointed that directions and patterns were solely in Japanese They knew they had to put together an authentic zakka book for English speaking crafters To do so, the authors enlisted the help of some of the best zakka makers in Japan to createprojects ranging from utterly simple an appliqu d pot holder, flower shaped coasters to ambitious a house shaped camera cozy, an adorable pair of comfy padded slippers Each project includes easy to follow instructions and how to illustrations The lovely photos of finished pieces were taken by New York based Japanese photographer Yoko Inoue I liked this one It had some cute ideas, but since I m only JUST getting into the whole sewing game I found some of them a bit challenging I DID make the squirrel tea cozy which attracted me to the book in the first place and if I d actually gotten sewed the correct sides together it would be pretty great. ack so many cute projects i love to browse through the eye candy that is japanese craft books and here is one, presented in english, in afamiliar american layout, but with the same design characteristics that i love about japanese crafts i m especially fond of the bunny wallet and the sashiko tea towel actually, i love all of the sashiko work i never knew what it was called, but it s beautiful and i m going to have to try it now for myself Also liked the linen basket, the bunko b ack so many cute projects i love to browse through the eye candy that is japanese craft books and here is one, presented in english, in afamiliar american layout, but with the same design characteristics that i love about japanese crafts i m especially fond of the bunny wallet and the sashiko tea towel actually, i love all of the sashiko work i never knew what it was called, but it s beautiful and i m going to have to try it now for myself Also liked the linen basket, the bunko bon book cover and the cross tote bag hmmmmm this one may have to go on my christmas wish list First off, I appreciate books that include a level of difficulty with each project Many sewing books do not, and, when you are a beginner like me, it is truly helpful.I also prefer sewing books that have general notes techniques in the front as opposed to the back because, for some reason, my mind finds iteasy to flip back to a reference point in the front than the back of the book.Another thing that is neat about this book is that it is a collective and the name and website of each des First off, I appreciate books that include a level of difficulty with each project Many sewing books do not, and, when you are a beginner like me, it is truly helpful.I also prefer sewing books that have general notes techniques in the front as opposed to the back because, for some reason, my mind finds iteasy to flip back to a reference point in the front than the back of the book.Another thing that is neat about this book is that it is a collective and the name and website of each designer is given at the end of each project I really liked that feature, too.By far, my favorite project is the House Camera Cozy so cute, so very Japanese However, a very involved project and one that this mom of 2 young children will probably not have time to start let alone finish any time soon the list of materials needed is at least 20 itesm long This is another book that, for me, iseye candy than practical project book.Projects I might make from it in the future include Flower Coasters Camera House Cozy House Mug Mat Sahsiko place mats note maybe best to get a book on sashiko Bunny Wallet Room ShoesBooks like these are great for their Resources page s and this book is no exception How else can I find out where to find cute little Japanese notions Zakka is a Japanese word that means household goods Beautiful, functional, artistic household goods like baskets, tea cozies, pencil cases, etc that add cuteness, individuality and warmth to a home This book has 25 authentic zakka sewing projects Meaning they were designed and made in Japan by Japanese crafters And what cute projects they are Let me confess that I while I can hand sew, I haven t a clue how to machine sew, which is a really necessary skill to make most but not all o Zakka is a Japanese word that means household goods Beautiful, functional, artistic household goods like baskets, tea cozies, pencil cases, etc that add cuteness, individuality and warmth to a home This book has 25 authentic zakka sewing projects Meaning they were designed and made in Japan by Japanese crafters And what cute projects they are Let me confess that I while I can hand sew, I haven t a clue how to machine sew, which is a really necessary skill to make most but not all of these projects This book s projects are so charming and useful that I found myself standing in stores salivating over sewing machines and trying to justify purchasing one Now that s the hallmark of an inspirational book The directions for the projects are clear and easy to follow with good diagrams and complete materials lists Each one also has a fun zakka fact , a little cultural note related to the project Projects I thought were especially unique and noteworthy were the bunko bon book cover , the house mug mat , the bunny pencil case and the project pictured on the front cover the squirrel tea cozy

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