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This review is from: Zakka Sewing: 25 Japanese Projects for the Household: 25 Cute Projects from Japan (Stc Craft) (Paperback)
I think Zakka is very like Arts and Crafts; it's not enough for something to be functional, it has to be beautiful, too. Here in the UK it's very hard to find Japanese craft magazines (and, quite difficult to understand the patterns, too, apparently - well, they are in Japanese!), so to have access to some patterns and ideas that we can actually make is very exciting.
This is a lovely book. There are some very simple ideas, like placemats, but there are also some quite complicated projects, such as the camera bag, which is super-cute and probably worth the price of the book alone. The projects are graded as to difficulty, and there is information about the designers and the projects. The projects themselves are all very tasteful and beautifully designed.
The book suggests top quality felt or linen for the projects, as the Japanese prefer to use natural fabrics (even interfacing!), and I think it's reasonable to say that nothing in here is going to look particularly great if it's made up in that nasty acrylic felt which is mostly what is available here. But that's just a good excuse to go to the fabric shop, I guess!