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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590306481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590306482
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kate Jackson on 15 Jan. 2010
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This is a really lovely book and makes you realise what all the fuss is about japanese craft books - lovely simple designs with clear explanations - I have made several of them and had success with them all - I bought the patchwork one on the strength of this one being so good - but that was was a disappointment. This, on the other hand gets 11 out of ten
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chipin on 1 Aug. 2011
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I really enjoy reading this book. Akiko's love of natural fabrics is expressed in the introduction to each chapter. The projects are simple and achievable with lovely results. If you are an accomplished stitcher then you can use this book as a starting point and go on to create your own interpretation of the designs. You may not learn new techniques as most of the projects are quick and easy to make but you will be inspired to rush out and buy natural fabrics. I have made several draw string bags, a slouch bag and the lunch bag and I am delighted with the results.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Marina Rocha on 12 Oct. 2009
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I was very ansious to receive this book and enjoy it to the fullest but i was a bit sad when i was able to explore it.
The images are great and the grafics are clear and helpful but in therms of content i was desapointed because the projects are just to simple.
In a price/quality ratio this book doesn't do it for me. Sorry...
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By hortensia on 26 Dec. 2009
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This arrived as a Christmas present, and I'm itching to get started on some of the projects.
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Well, if there was an errata page, I would have given it a 5 11 May 2009
By fibercontent - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the look of this book, but, when I sewed the Slouch Bag, there was something wrong when I got to the handles on Step 4. I looked online for help and found a couple of blogs where others had the same problem. I am an experienced crafter and was able to figure it out for myself, but I think the publisher should have had a page to address the problems.

It is s gorgeous book and I am inspired by the lovely projects. I know I will make more things, but I will be wary.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Pretty but... 22 April 2010
By Jane - Published on Amazon.com
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I do wish that Akiko had put as much time and effort in the patterns as the photography. I purchased the book after seeing the picture of the slouch bag on the internet. There is a glaring error involving the attachment of the handles. Step 4 requires sewing on the top bands with a 3/8th inch seam. Step 6 then has you insert the handles between the bands and sew 3/8th of an inch from the edge along the top. Obviously, following the directions would result in the handles not being attached since the handles can only be inserted between the two sewn on bands that already have been sewing on 3/8th of an inch from the top. Unfortunately I followed the directions up to the point of inserting the handles without thinking this through. Now, despite an adjustment, I am not feeling great about the security of the handles for carrying heavier items. In addition, the handles turn out to be too small. I suspected they would, but decided to go with the pattern and hope for the best. I am comparatively small and lean. The handles barely accommodate my shoulder.

Since I have enough sewing experience, I have figured out how to overcome the inadequacies of the band pieces for the next time. I would not suggest a newby attempt this without some assistance in adjusting the pattern. At the very least, line up the handles WITH the top band pieces and sew them on together with a 3/8th seam.

Frankly, had I just created my own pattern and assembly plan from the original picture I saw, it would have been a far easier and more successful experience--and I am NOT a super-experienced sewer.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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By P.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently purchased this book and have made 3 of the patterns so far: messanger bag, saron apron and lingerie case. Each of the patterns/instructions worked exactly as detailed in the book. I was not certain of this given some other reviews that indicated measurements and instructions were not accurate. I did not find this to be true in the 3 items I have made so far. You do need to combine reading the instructions with understanding the pictures (detailed diagram with measurements) to get the complete idea of the instructions, but for those of us who are visual, this is a nice addition. The patterns are very simple and straight forward but that is the point of the book. The pictures are also very inspiring, like talking with a kindred spirit who likes simple, natural fabric and decor. A great addition to the library of someone who wants to live a simple, natural life.
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Even the most difficult project really does work, but it's a challenge 13 Sept. 2013
By Janet Rivera Switzer - Published on Amazon.com
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If you buy the book, before starting one of the projects take the advice: read through the whole project, maybe several times, until you get your mind wrapped around the process. The patterns and the directions are terse.

Naturally, I started out with what is probably the most complicated item in the book: the jumper. This would have been a very easy thing to make from a regular pattern where the shapes and dimensions are built in. Working from the book, you have to figure out how to draw the pattern yourself, using the book's drawing supplemented by the text. I used AutoCAD to lay it out so I didn't have to use a lot of paper and pencil. Even with the computer's help I was unable to determine what a couple of the book's dimensions meant and just winged it. If you're drawing with paper you may want to get a French curve to lay out the armhole curves - I had a heck of a time.

I have not yet completed a jumper but I just finished a muslin, using the yokes and the upper 10 inches of the skirt pieces. Much to my surprise, it fits nicely. I did add a quarter-inch at the bottom edges of the yokes and at the shoulder seams. I'm usually a size 10 to 12.

Because of the gathers, I suggest lightweight cotton, similar in weight to muslin. Heavier fabric might make a puffy-looking jumper.

I really love this book. As I go through it, I get all excited to make one thing and then another - the sarong apron, long apron, pillowcases, and hot water bottle cover. It's not so much that I need these things, and they certainly aren't flashy. It's that I can sense how pleasurable it would be to work with the natural fabrics that Akiko uses and then to use the items. There are little ornamental details that I never thought of before, worth learning and applying elsewhere. I quite relish the differences between this sewing experience and that of ordinary patterns.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Akiko hit the nail on the head! A must buy for any crafter who loves simplicity. 14 April 2009
By Bethany L. Canfield - Published on Amazon.com
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Akiko Mano's soft and subdued style is simple yet outstanding in quality, approach and design. Linen, Wool, Cotton is a dream for the practical person who enjoys crafts that people will actually use. The simplicity of her patterns is so pretty and speaks though its calmness. Akiko Mano's designs will allow even the insure crafter to create things that many will enjoy. The projects range from wool slippers, aprons, a muffler, lightweight fruit bags, a lingerie case, hot water bottle cover, duvet cover and beyond. Linen, Wool, Cotton is sectioned off into chapters by material choice, beginning with Linen, followed by Wool and finally Cotton. Akiko's patterns are easy to follow and minimalist in their approach, and that is a bonus, since that makes them quick to complete as well, having only an average of 4 steps per pattern.

Linen, Wool, Cotton by Akiko Mano is part of the Japanese Crafts Style books also known as Make Good: Crafts + Life, a group of books believing in the goal to simplify life. This approach makes it its goal to take pleasure in the beautiful things that are so perfect in their minimalistic appeal.

So how did I like this book? I loved it. I enjoy being crafty, but I want the things I make to be used and not just dusted. This is a book for a person like me, and I am thrilled that there are so many patterns in Linen, Wool, Cotton that are calling my name (quite loudly I might add). I have already dived in, and created the lunch bags, they were just too cool to not make. I was worried at first because usually patterns seem to have way too many impractical steps and I have a hard time wanting to follow along. I had no problem with listening to Akiko at all. The lunch bag pattern (p. 96) was just perfect and simple and had fluff, just the real stuff. I know for sure that I am going to make several other patterns, the Sweets Mat (p. 90) looks like the next one I'll try. And the Fruit Bags (p. 37) made out of cheesecloth would be perfect for veggies at the Saturday Farmer's Market as they don't way anything and are completely reusable! Yeah, so anyway I am hooked. I recommend Linen, Wool, Cotton by Akiko Mano with no reservations at all.

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