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Zakka Style: 24 Projects Stitched with Ease to Give, Use & Enjoy (Design Collective) [Paperback]

Rashida Coleman-Hale
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Book Description

1 Jan 2012 Design Collective
This title helps you discover Zakka - the latest trend in fabric crafts with 24 fantastic and stylish projects. You can discover the hottest new trend in fabric crafting - Zakka! Zakka - a Japanese term meaning "many things" - is all about the little things that can be used to add a touch of style and personality to your home and appearance. "Zakka Style" is packed with 24 delightful projects - including a one-of-a-kind picture frame, a stylish bread basket, a whimsical bookmark, a chic tote, and so much more - all of which can be made using basic sewing, patchwork, applique and embroidery techniques.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Stash Books (1 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607054167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607054160
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zakka, a Japanese term meaning "many things" or "miscellaneous goods," has evolved into a universal design style that embodies simple charm and a homemade aesthetic. This book showcases projects by fiber artists from around the globe who share this zakka style. The 24 projects comprise bags and totes in a variety of shapes and sizes as well as simple and sweet items like a pencil case, sewing kit, pincushion, patchwork ribbon, and picture frames. Coleman-Hale, who also writes the blog "I Heart Linen," demonstrates her affection for linen and the role it plays in Zakka Style: all the projects incorporate the natural fabric and exude an organic, homemade feel true to zakka --Christine French, International Quilt Festival Magazine - Quilt Scene, Winter 2012/2013

About the Author

Rashida Coleman-Hale studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disapointed 11 Jun 2012
By babette
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I was disapointed because 1, many of the projects are very basic, but mainly because the explanations are not only not very clear, but even sometimes inaccurate. For example, i made a zip organiser page 50, and there's a mistake (misprint?)on top of page 51, the 2 rectangles of interfacing need to be 11x8 nOT 11x18 as printed!.

I also tried to make the boxes on page 109, but it is not at all clear how you construct the boxes.

Like many recipe books, these instructions only really work when you have already made the item and know what you're doing! Grr, frustrating!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A book with not many original projects 1 Mar 2012
By Aida
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I felt quite disappointed with this book. I had readed good reviews about it, but I found that its projects were rather simples (pouches, pincushions, pot holders...). The only original projects are the ones from the cover.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cool style, simple projects. 12 April 2012
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I ordered this mostly going by the front cover and the name of the book. I wanted a book of sewing projects that would be fun and imaginative and relatively easy to sew. I don't have a huge amount of experience with sewing so the 'easy' bit was important to me.

The book contains 24 projects: things like simple tote style bags, a pincushion, pencil case, table mats, a photo frame and a box. I didn't expect to say this but I was disappointed that the projects are by and large, too easy! There are a few things (like a zip organizer and a handbag) which are more complex and require more time and concentration but all in all, the projects are really straightforward. This is not a bad thing as if you're a beginner, you would want simple projects. The problem is that as a beginner, you would really benefit from diagrams or photos that visually show how to do everything step by step, which you actually don't get here - it's all just written instruction.

I think maybe this book is probably best used as a source of style inspiration, if this is the kind of style you want to use in your sewing projects. I can imagine if you've been sewing for a while, the projects themselves are just going to be too simple for you but you might still get something from the way fabrics are put together to create that modern, natural linen style. I DO like the book and I found a few new projects that I don't already have in other books and I think the style of the projects is lovely. I just wish there had been projects suitable for different levels (it doesn't say the book's just for beginners after all) and a few diagrams would have been great.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice book 21 Feb 2012
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This is a collection of designs by different people, some of which have crafty blogs already out there. (Elsie Marley springs to mind)
After the introduction, the format is basic:Image of creation. Short intro to item. Short creator Bio & web address. Required items & then a how to with good clear instructions. x 24

Most projects are linen based.

The nicest/most likely things I would re-create (front cover)sewing kit case & a stem design messenager bag (thats makes you think of ORLA KIELYs stem print) & maybe marleys bear.

Whilst I don't feel inspired by much of the other stuff, I stick to its a nice book, to look at & read about the different creators but there are only few projects I might actually make. There were also some that made me think 'no I can't imagine ever making that' but I guess that's down to personal taste...

Projects I can recall from memory are: zigzag tote, nesting boxes, sewing case, stem bag, large wallet/organiser, pillow with pocket & pal, recycled scrap/ribbon, bread basket/bag, mug rug, quilted fridge magnets, a quilt, sorry the rest slip my mind!

All in it has good photography, good layout, templates at back & is a nice read.
& if you can get it, for the cost of a glossy magazine, it's well worth it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors 8 July 2012
By Thistle
Having bought Rashida Coleman-Hale's first Zakka sewing book, I was really looking forward to seeing what projects she had gathered together for this collaborative book. Whilst there are some useful and lovely projects in this book, the whole publication is really let down by the number of errors in the various projects. I have completed 8 projects from the book and there have been errors in several of them. In one project, the zip organizer seven of the fifteen cutting measurements were wrong! I have been taking part in a Sew a Long of the projects in this book and would not ,otherwise, been aware of these errors. I will certainly be wary of buying another craft book from this publisher, or indeed, another book compiled by Rashida Coleman-Hale.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love Zakka style 2 Mar 2012
At first I was disappointed that not all the projects were by Rashida as she is one of my favourite designers in the industry and I loved her first book 'I Love Patchwork'. However, this book brings together many artists and projects with a common theme of 'Zakka' style, that touch of Japanese flair. I'm sure you'll find lots of things you want to make or adapt. There are lots of possibilities here. I love all the projects on the cover and that mix of linen and patterned fabric is just adorable and makes me think of so many possibilities. You'll learn about each of the artists and discover some great blogs to follow on the way. Projects include quilted magnets, a pretty linen bag, a house pouch and great ideas for the kitchen and home. Great photos, great instructions and inspirational are words I would use to describe this book. This review first appeared on yarnsnadfabrics website.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
love this book
Published 23 days ago by Jill Dian
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Many fine projects.
Published 1 month ago by Hellen S. Helgadóttir
4.0 out of 5 stars ZAKKA STYLE
This is a lovely fun book for anyone looking to start sewing Love it.

easy to follow instructions and nice clear pictures .
Published 9 months ago by M. Fairgrieve
5.0 out of 5 stars zakka style
I bought this book for a friend as I loved mine so far. I have tried a few of the designs , love the three baskets and have made lots for friends
Published 10 months ago by Lorraine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I love this book and want to make everything in it. It's beautifully produced and inspirational, I think most sewing fans would enjoy it.
Published 10 months ago by Alison
4.0 out of 5 stars Zakka
Liked the book, but found the projects very samey, will do some of them, not all. Projects have all been done before, I bought the book for just 4 projects. Read more
Published 11 months ago by booksage
5.0 out of 5 stars Zakka Style
Classy, practical and modern, this book is excellent for making presents for friends and family of all ages. I use it frequently.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Jean E. Osborne
3.0 out of 5 stars Zakka not for me
Nothing wrong with the book but being surrounded by itsy bitsy little items to put things in is definitely not for me. Read more
Published 16 months ago by nostellgreenlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
I love everything about this book. The projects are both useful and beautiful and the choice of fabrics is also lovely. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Taskiran
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the item, thank you.
I loved the item is very well written, with molds that helped me make beautiful pieces, I recommend this book to anyone who likes to do crafts.

thank you very much.
Published 17 months ago by Maria Cristina Gomes Almeida Carvalho
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