Zakka Sewing: 25 Japanese Projects for the Household: 25 Cute Projects from Japan (Stc Craft) Paperback – 1 Sep 2008
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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!
The trigger for me to buy it was the cover photo, and I was hoping for some stylish, slightly different projects. Instead, I find the majority of projects to be extremely basic and quite dull - there are instructions for a square pot holder, plain napkins, a basic drawstring bag, a teatowel apron, an applique cushion and some placemats. A couple of other projects look a bit more interesting (a pair of slippers and some floral coasters) but are not practical enough for me to make them. The photography is dull and uninspiring, and after the first couple of pages there is no text other than instructions.
At the same time I've bought Weekend Sewing and Sewing Green, both of which contain beautiful photography, inspiring text and ideas I will actually make. I would strongly recommend either of these books instead. Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired StitchingSewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed and Organic Materials
I am returning this book for a refund.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who thought needlecrafts were for grannies or need some style inspiration.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clever and intruiging designs, Simple lines and nice ideas. Good addition to my collection.Published 16 months ago by Mrs. J. Bebb
Different ideas than those in English or US books, so really enjoying reading this one. Only received it this week but have plans to try several of the projectsPublished on 25 April 2013 by J. Nash
Haven't actually made anything out of this book yet but have stuck in lots of post-it notes!!!
Beautiful book. Read more
I really like this book. If I had to describe it, it would be "modern Cute" the projects are neat and the directions clear. I'm really likely to buy more from this range. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2010 by b
When I saw the squirrel teapot cosy on the front cover I had to have this book! So lovely :D
The projects are really nice but mainly for the home (which is fine but I... Read more