Thursday, July 31, 2008

for you.

hello. to those of you who have just found us. i hope you enjoy this journey that we are on. through the japanese crafting world. so. to get you started. and us, too. here is a little giveaway. enough for two lucky gals. one gal will get the tape and stamps. and the other gal will get the fabric. which are some of my recent favorites from over here. whoohoo.


now. if you would like to have your name thrown into the hat. for the above items. just let us know what you would like to know about japan. or japanese crafts. that will help give us some inspiration for future posts. for you. and feel free to spread the word. the hat will stay open until tuesday night. japanese time.


also. if you are looking at starting a collection of japanese fabric. books. stamps. or tape. or you would like to add to your stack. just wander over to my little shop of japanese goodness. and you will get a 10% discount off your order. (before shipping.) if you mention these words: japanese craft journal. whoohoo. the offer is only available while the hat is open. until tuesday night.

142 comments:

Neus said...

I really would love to go to Japan and visit all the shops you show, but I don´t see that happening in the near future, so I´d love to know where you can find Japanese craft materials in Europe, particularly in Sweden. Thanks

Tiny House said...

I want to know where to find these things in the US! I love them, I buy them online all the time, but it's hard because I want to hold them and feel them before I buy them, and you can't do that online...

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Hope to get to Japan one day! I love the Japanese Zaaka style and would like to see reviews of some recent books so I can look out for them!

sarah said...

Keeping on with book and mag coverage would be fab! I can figure out where to buy items or similar items from myself so I don't need like a "how to buy in Europe" guide - on saying that though I also love your guides to the actual shops you visit out there (are you all based in Tokyo or do you go elsewhere? I heard about an amazing treasure trove over in Osaka but guess what, can I remember the name, noooo). I'll have to check out the shop!

alittlemoore said...

I would love some reviews and announcements of new japanese craft books. Being that I can't read japanese and I can't usually see more than a cover online it would be great to get some perspective and recommendations!

kelli said...

i love this blog because i may be living in japan in the next few years. this makes me so excited. i am interested in learning about japanese pottery crafting if you know anything.

Gigi said...

I like the aesthetic in Japanese crafts. Items I have seen have a simple and organic look. I draw inspiration from the pictures.

Cassandra said...

I would love to see interesting origami among many others!

Jacqueline said...

It would be great if you could post your favorite Japanese craft books. Maybe the top 5 or 10? All of the books I've seen look great, and I've had a hard time narrowing down the selection (although I wish I could just buy them all!) Thanks!

Sarah said...

I love the book reviews and really would like to see finished projects from the books since it is hard to tell from just the covers.
I have one question, since space is such a premium in Japan how do people organize their craft supplies?

fizzkitten said...

I know a lot of the Japanese girls are really into cosplay - so I as wondering about where they get the stuff for their costumes. Do a lot of them get taught to sew when they are young or is there a recent resurgence in crafting like most other places?

Katie said...

I totally agree with an above poster. It's so hard to take a leap and buy from Amazon or online without feeling or seeing things. I'd like to know where we can get Japanese craft supplies in person. Also some book reviews would be great, because, well, I can't read them to begin with. That way I can buy with confidence. :-)

Kenzie said...

I would love to have some tips and tricks on certain Japanese crafts, different methods of doing things like tying off ends etc. An exploration about how they do things different than in the US.

mel said...

I'd like more book reviews! I want to buy every Japanese craft book just because their cover is so beautiful! Unfortunately, when you buy online you don't get to peek in the book, or read many reviews(if only amazon would carry that kind of books!). It would be awesome! Also, maybe a little off topic, but I love Japanese food and since I'm pregnant, I crave it even more! Just a little note on food once in a while would be great.

Thanks!

brittunia said...

I would like to get a taste of the Japanese craft world not only through publications like books and mags, but also see some local artists, their work and exhibitions you may visit. Also, info about organizations or associations might be interesting...

planetjune said...

I'd like to see book reviews to make it easier to choose which Japanese books to buy online. Also, the occasional off-topic post on life in Japan would be amazing - I'd love to know more about Japanese culture.

meg said...

I'd like to see some actual crafts people have made from japanese craft books. In the few japanese craft magazines I have there are articles and interviews with japanese designers, but I can't read them. I'd love to see some japanese artist highlighted on your blog.

Melissa Fehr Trade said...

I think I'd most like to see where I can get my hands on Japanese sewing magazines like Ms Stylebook or Female outside Japan (I'm in the UK). I've tried pretty much every Japanese exporter shop I can find and no one's ever even heard of them!

shael said...

Ooh, what a great resource!

A size chart would be helpful for ladies and children's sizes.

Latest trends as far as crafts, fabrics, silhouettes, books, style etc.

nicolette said...

Wonderful blog. Good luck to you all!!

I would love to know more about Japanese bookmaking. Books, made by hand. Materials, methods.

I love Japanese graphic design. It would be great to know more about that too. though it’s not really a craft. More of a profession.

It would be great if you could tell about Japanese crafting bloggers?

lifewithellabella said...

I'm happy to have found your blog, Leslie! I love to buy items from your shop - I always recommend you to my friends :)

justthelittlethings said...

I've never been to Japan but would love to visit sometime soon! Can you take a tour of a fabric store and show us what they look like? Thanks!

Julie said...

Love the blog! I would like to read more about how to follow Japanese craft patterns -- what different diagrams or simple Japanese words mean. Anything to make reading Japanese craft books easier.

Shay said...

I'm so glad you started this blog! Two things I'd like to know more about: first of all Japanese knitting and crochet, and I'm also interested in explanations of any strange and unusual crafting that hasn't made it to the rest of the world yet! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

kate said...

i love this blog, so inspiring! i'm not sure if it's been mentioned already but maybe a post explaining some of the japanese sewing terms found in the pattern books. or examples of work completed? like a little tutorial.....

javede said...

I would love to know more about japanese books dealing with sewing clothes.

charinthecity said...

Hiya! thought I'd suggest tbhis author's books to be featured on your site - Kumiko Sudo. Her books are available on Amazon and are a great intro to Japanese craft.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kokoro-no-te-Handmade-Treasures-Kumiko-Sudo/dp/1933308044/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b?ie=UTF8&qid=1217521124&sr=8-1

My friend also took me to a shop called Crescent Moon in Takasaki City, it's an old fashioned style shop where you take off your shoes and put them into a cubby, putting on slippers before you go upstairs into the shop. There are cubbies that you can rent out to sell your crafts and so many lovely treasures including exquisite hand crafted items! A search in Japanese may throw up a website.

capt-poprocks said...

I'd love to see more about cute plushies, like amigurumi and felt dolls! The Japanese always have such cute creations. XD

piratecore said...

I would really like to know more about making soft toys. It seems like there are so many cute Japanese crafts that center around amigurumi, or needle felting, or felt toys like the aranzi aronzo ones. The whole Zakka aesthetic is very interesting to me. If you guys could do a special about how to "read" Japanese craft tutorials that would be great too!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I would love to find a great source of Japanese craft magazines in the US. Preferably one with reasonable shipping! =)

wendy said...

fantastic blog! there are so many things I'd love to read about:
* japanese cuisine
* photographs of your shopping
* translation hints and tips!!
* new book reviews when books are published

Dani said...

I would like to hear more about Gocco. I have seen several people mention it, but I still really have no clear idea what it is for.

I love to browse your shop, so many cute things to drool over.

hodge podge said...

loving the blog! you're doing a great job so far! i would love to see info about deciphering the instructions in japanese craft books (i think Label Free did some posts about this?), and profiles of some japanese crafters/artists/designers and their homes and workspaces. thanks!

Minmade said...

I would love to see Japanese book reviews. Often, the only way I can get them is online and it would be great to have some insight as to what kinds of projects are inside before I make the purchase.

Wendy said...

Love your blog! so much cute stuff! Thanks for the inspiration!

A Crafty Lawyer said...

I'd like to know more about knitting in Japan. What are the yarn shops there like? Are knitting groups as popular there as they are in the US? How did most knitters first learn?

roxycraft said...

I am loving your blog and what I'd like to know more about is what's new over there, what crafts are just hitting the scene.

tabitha said...

So do people in Japan LOVE to sew and craft, or is it an image that is marketed to Americans? General translations are always good too. Thanks!

Small Fox said...

I would really like some info on reading the patterns in japanese craft books. While the pictures are great, some knowledge of the indecipherable (to me) text would be great!

I love that patchwork fabric!

paperfoxling@yahoo.com

Jaime said...

More cross stitch, please! Crochet, knitting, sewing/fabric, etc. always get more coverage, but the Japanese have some fantastic cross stitch books/kits/supplies. It is especially hard to find info on them as they get lumped into the general topic of "embroidery." Great job, keep it up!

_shakty_ said...

Yay! Thank you for starting this wonderful blog, I've always wanted to find a source for Japanese Craft from the people who live there :), I want to know and see everything like tea shops, craft shops, book stores, fabric stores and craft fairs , just to be prepared when i visit Japan, this blog sounds a very good idea, I am looking forward to your next posts.
Congrats and Have a nice day!

Janet said...

I say it all the time that if I ever do get to visit Japan I am going to have to save up my pennies and have an astronomical craft supply budget! There are just so many lovely things. I too, would love to see reviews of Japanese craft books and magazines! Thank you for offering this giveaway!

ballofyarn said...

I love getting a peek inside the craft books and magazines. I'm working up to actually trying a project for one, and I love love love the aesthetic and layout.

Lauren said...

I adore the zakka aesthetic, and came very close to buying a book of crochet patterns the last time I was in Kinokuniya (NYC, not Japan!) I didn't understand the patterns, or the type of yarn being used. I would love to know more about those, as well as different techniques for gocco. I may take you up on that discount, as I'm always low on bulbs and screens!

Tina said...

I'd like to see reviews on books. I also love seeing pictures of sewing/craft stores and goodies in Japan.

Trina said...

Arrrrgggg! :) So I found you today, 2 days after i returned from what will probably be my only trip to tokyo ever. :( I did manage to get a few fun fabrics and notions at an 8 story craft store i can't remember the name of, but couldn't find Kinokuniya. Sadness, though i do have a small one near my home in Portland, but it's just not the same. I got all the way to Tomato, only to discover it's closed on holidays as well as sundays. :( I thought i was safe going on a weekday. Oh well. Love your blog!

gkgirl said...

its the cuteness...
the cuteness, the cuteness...
i adore the little graphics,
the colors,
the simplicity,
the fun...
and i wish that i had access
here in canada,
especially where i am,
especially for someone a little
scared of online shopping...
:0)

great new blog, by the way!
can't wait to check it out!

Maria said...

I am very interested in where to find Japanese fabrics as well as designer items here in Europe. I would also like to see some book reviews.

The Lenart's said...

Great website. I am very much looking forward to adding it to my list of blogs.

I would love some more information on their sewing phrases and sizing. I have a couple of books, but am afraid to start sewing as I do not understand sizing.

seashoreknits said...

oh this new blog is going to be fabulous! i was already a big fan of leslie's blog and she has made every entry a real treat for us japanophiles. i would love to hear more about older japanese culture - anything having to do with tea houses, traditional japanese homes, geta, cherry blossoms, food, etc will thrill me. and don't forget the crafts!! must have crafts. thanks gals!!!

Amy said...

I'd like to know more about how the history of the culture has affected their crafts -- they seem so different from Western crafts. Why is that? (Or does that sound too much like a dissertation topic???) Okay, I would also love more help on translations of things. I have one Japanese craft book and the Japanese character set on my computer doesn't include them all, so I end up with wonky half-translations like "checkout [something unintelligible]"!

E Hipps said...

I want to know what is out there. From new books, fabric etc to more about traditional Japanese crafts.

royaloaker said...

I'm all about everything zakka-- books, fabrics, projects, etc. Please share as much as possible! Thanks. :)

Shannon said...

Fabric! Fabric! Fabric! I'm in Australia and would love to know your favourite places (online, or in Japan - I'm hoping to visit soon) for buying cute Japanese fabrics.

quaint handmade said...

i love everything japanese, so it's all good. i do find it interesting to learn about japanese organizational solutions since space is often an issue.

this blog is such a great idea - i've already printed out the post about the japanese language help.

arigato!

lovestitches said...

I would love to know what Japanese craft books and magazines you think are must haves. Embroidery, sewing and other topics. Plus I would love to see a few pics of a Japanese fabric store!

Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

I would love to see more book reviews, including interior spreads and even finished objects made from book patterns. I'm particularly interested in stuffed toys (esp. sewn but also crocheted) and girls' clothes. Thanks!

styler said...

I would love to know more about the textile industry - the quality of fabric is so lovely from japan and the move from traditional kimono fabrics to the gorgeous new ones is an interesting change. I don't know maybe some background to the amazing craft supplies available...???

missyballance said...

may I suggest opening the comments up so that you don't have to have a blogger or key acct? I don't know if my comment went thru earlier because I don't know if I did the typekey right, and I don't use blogger anymore :(
But I said Goco and rubber stamp making and prjects :)

Cami said...

I would love to see any information on Japanese scrapbooking. My good friend moved back to Japan from Chicago after discovering the papercrafts of rubber stamping and scrapbooking in the US. I'd like to see what others are doing, too.

wayfarer said...

I love Japanese crafting, food and clothing too because it seems so simple and it is but there's intricacy to that. I'd like to understand if this is how it is like living there too etc. I love Japanese novels for the same reason. I'd love to see what a craft store or fabric store looks like in Japan. The thought makes me drool.............lovely little supplies you are giving away. :-) Love.

mamafrog said...

I love reading about Japan and especially the crafts, fabric, gardens, food,...you get the idea! It's a fascinating country--though very, very, strange at times. I just found your blog and would love to know more about all the crafts they like to do and how they differ from much of what you see over here, and especially their use of fabrics. I've also always been fascinated by their traditional clothing and simple it can be at times.

sally said...

Wow thanks for the awesome new blog. This will become a favorite of mine. I love most Japanese fabric and materials that I find. Thanks fr sharing.

Christie said...

Any tips on places that ship to Australia (other than good-ness of course!) would be handy, I am dying to get my kids some bento boxes!

Best places in Japan for craft books & mags would be good, plus where to get all those cute stamps

annie3891 said...

hmmm Japan. I love just hearing about Japan and the adventures that people have there.

I love tatami, ikebana and traditional japanese arts. Kimono silks and the intricate art of dressing in these outfits. I would love to know more about the way they make these.

THe stationary all of the pens and note pads and beautiful things. WHERE CAN I GET SOME??? I need it shipped to Australia.

The outrageous outfits that some Japanese teens wear in such a ' group' orientated society. Especially love the grandmas who dye their hair crazy bright colours- purples, pinks greens.

Japanese craft and art- hmm..I love the arcitecture in Nara. THe historical captial of Japan. Kimono silks, Anime and fav. Zakka designer is Shinzi Katoh. I would like to know about any of that sort of stuff. good places to go, places to stay, cool new fabrics, stationary, trends.

Did I mention that I love Japan?

CK said...

Thank you for starting this blog. The information that it conveys and will in the future will be invaluable for so many.
Like everyone else, the book reviews, shopping guides, designer profiles, japanese craft blogs and general information on culture, are what would be interesting to read about and to be inspired by.
Thank you again.

CK

thornberry said...

I'd love to know how I can buy japanese fabrics online direct from japanese quilting/fabric shops - is that possible? I get many of my American fabrics direct from the USA, and wondered if there was anything equivalent in Japan. I'd also love to read more Japanese Craft Book reviews.

Sarah said...

It's so hard to narrow down what I'd like to know more about, but more info on books in Japanese would be helpful. Which ones are best, where to buy, and how to use them. Thanks!

Holly said...

I have been into sewing clothes from Japanese pattern books mostly for my two daughters but also some for myself so I was glad to have found your blog. Some ideas of things I'd like to see are: posts from Japanese women who sew for their house, themselves or their children and what their process is, photos of people's sewing/crafting spaces in Japan as I know space is of a minimum and since we have a small house seeing ideas of how to maximize space is interesting to me, something like the French site Japan Couture blog where a lot of people blog about their finished clothing products, their process, and what the clothes look like on "real" people, and tips on how to do the patterns along the lines of what Kuky is doing on Label Free.
THanks!

Holly said...

Oh, also, I'd like to read reviews on Japanese craft books, especially clothing ones for children. I get a sense of what they are like from seeing photos on various sites but a review from someone who has sewn at least one pattern from them would be neat to read. THanks.

Hilary Sorio said...

I am visiting family in Japan in the spring (09), but am limited to the Osaka area. I would love to see some recommendations, or even just lists for fabric/supplies/notions/book shops in that area good for crafters/sewers. I know the Kinokuniya store is a chain and can be found there, so maybe some other non-chain resources.

Little Munchkins said...

I would like to see more reviews on Japanese clothes too.

carrie said...

i would love to know if there are resources to help me figure out some of the directions in the craft books--or maybe a group that could share their experiences making specific bags from the books. so excited for this blog:)

lindsey clare said...

hello japanesey crafty gals! so exciting to see this new blog. i'm loving it already :)

my suggestion would be a glossary of common terms in japanese crafts. i think that would be really helpful!

Indy Boo said...

Love the blog. Maybe you could tell me where the best stationary shops are or craft/fabric shops in Sapporo (I'm going there in Feb, 3rd visit to Japan). Tips for great shoe shops would be good. I found Red Shoes in Shinjuku once and couldn't find it again! Also a feature on stamps would be ace. Maybe a kids book/craft entry too...
Cheers

Paper Tiger said...

I'd like to know how many people in Japan really do all these crafts. Is it more or less common than here?

keli said...

Loving the blog so far, I'm excited to have found it! I would also like to see book reviews - my only way to purchase japanese craft books is online as I don't have any resources in my area, and it's difficult to know what to buy.

Tamara said...

As the first commenter on your site when I found it a few weeks ago, I must say I have really enjoyed reading your posts when they pop in my bloglines.

As we don't have a trip to Japan planned for anytime in the next few years and I do love all things Japanese I would love for you to direct us to any free Japanese patterns/tutorial that you stumble upon. And indepth Japanese book reviews would be great too.

13mimosa said...

Thanks for introducing us Leslie - this is one for my faves list. About Japan - travelling with children is a biggie for us. We would love to travel to Japan as a family, but wonder how we would manage with children whose tastes aren't always geared to the adventurous and also activities that they would enjoy.

Janice said...

Lovely blog...hmmm...for my question....What I would like to know is if Sam Milby is as big a star over there as I hear he is, lol! My dh knows his Mom and Dad :)

the mama monster said...

i would love to know where to get fabric and books in the US. thanks for the giveaway!

smallcloughs said...

I'm really enjoying your blog - what a great idea! I love Japanese quirkiness and style and would love more pics of wrapping and bags and packaging a la your wet weather bags.

Also, in my dream Japan trip I would also visit Kyoto and maybe Osaka so if you have any shopping tips/crafty goodness ideas for those cities as well that would be fab.

One more thing - an occasional sightseeing tip or story would be lovely - those design-type things that are so unique in Japan - like the worker's gumboots with separate big toes, or the costumes, or bento box lunch packaging, or the beautifully arranged meals...

Anonymous said...

hi girls and leslie. i would like to know if you know lots of japanese crafters. is it a regular thing for the japanese people to do? does everyone know how to sew? or is it like here where it is a selective but growing trend?
jenn d

Rach said...

What a lovely blog - both to read and to look at. I love Japanese sewing books (in particular childrens clothes) but sometimes stumble when it comes to following the instructions. Perhaps every now and then you could provide a little explanation of some of the Japanese instructions?

Good luck with this lovely blog.

Anonymous said...

So this is not very original - but your advice ot the best Japanese cratf book for making softies and do-dads for the home would be grest. I really want to buy one but which one to choose???
Love your blog. Wish I was there!
Bettyfox

Lindsay said...

Reviews of craft books would be wonderful. I'm really enjoying reading everything you've posted so far.

Chookyblue...... said...

wow you have plenty of things to think about here......good luck Belinda and friends.....

Melissa said...

This looks like it will be a great blog!

sarahau said...

How to buy through australia, and whats new and exciting and just cute crafts to find! Loving this idea fro a blog.

rousabout studio said...

I would love to see a pattern review for those who have tried and sewn/made things from particular books and could perhaps offer tips from experience. I would love to see online specials or featured items, fabric, tape, stamps, linen etc.
It is great to be able to see the inside of a pattern book before actually buying it also...
Great idea I will be bookmarking this fabulous site...

SadieandLance said...

Wow, you guys are well loved!! I'd love to see some suggestions for good places to eat - especially near all the fab craft shops.

klog said...

Bentoooo. Does it count? I really hope so. xxx

Elisa said...

I´d love to read more about the fabrics, their origin, dyes, patterns... more craft book recommendations would be be nice, maybe some patterns for us to make, about "typical japanese" craft itens, hints and pictures!

Throw me in!

Gabriela said...

Great blog!!!! I love all of this stuff, like everyone else posting and to Leslie, congrats, your shop is THE best! I'd love to see interviews/profiles on Japanese crafters, fabric designers (I'm thinking esp. of the incredible Shinzi Kato and the like.
Best to all of you!

Anonymous said...

Hi!! I dont have time to read all the comments - supposed to be working :-) But I would love to see some more on stamp-making.
Pauline

Anonymous said...

Hi... So happy to have spotted this blog! I love pictures! Lots and lots and draw great inspiration from color combos, layers & texture.

Thanks,

Jess

gardienne said...

I agree with tiny house, I'd love to know where I could look at some of the books in person. I'm looking forward to the Michigan Fiber Fest where I know a vendor will have some. I'd love to hear more about the fibery crafts, my first Japanese craft book was Loop Flower Crochet, but anything knitting, felting and anything Kawaii! Off to wander in your shop!

Elisabeth said...

Just found this blog and am really enjoying it! I would love to add these wonderful items to my stash.

Anonymous said...

Lovely materials. I covet the pretty tapes and ribbons. I'd like to know what sources Japanese crafters look to for inspiration. Also where do the Japanese learn crafting techniques: at home, in school, extra education classes offered at crafting stores, videos and online tutorials?

Anna

Its_Lily said...

Where does their inspiration come from? It's beautiful!

sweetpea said...

I'm very interested in Japanese knitting and crochet. I love the patterns I've seen. I'm also interested in how the Japanese feel about crafts.

orangeflower said...

It's a dream of mine to get to Japan one day! Thanks for creating this blog, it's a fantastic idea.

I'd love to see the latest Japanese fabrics. Also, I make handbags and wish I could get the notions and hardware that I see in the Japanese magazines - i.e. those great looking handbag straps and handles. I'd really be interested in seeing various sewing notions and supplies.

Scribbles & Bits said...

I'd love to see some info on how to follow Japanese knitting instructions! I've seen some really lovely patterns, but since I can't look at the books in person, I'm worried I'll buy it and not be able to follow the instructions.

Anonymous said...

I would love it if you could have some true Japanese sewing tutorials.
bturk@telkomsa.net

norma said...

i would love to know more about kokeshi dolls and other dolls maybe too, the traditions of them etc and of course where to buy !!!!

Patricia said...

Hi! I have been a huge fan of Japanese fabric and crafts for a few years, and I have some Japanese craft mags and a few books. I would LOVE to see more tutorials about how to interpret the Japanese instructions. I know for many projects, the clear diagrams are very useful, but there always seems to be a part of the instructions I don't understand. Thanks!!

Leni and Rose said...

My brother heads over to Japan in a week - I'm so jealous!!! I'm with a spoonful of sugar, reviews of some great Japanese crafting books would be great!

craftydiane said...

I would love to see some instructions in English for the books. I have only one book and love it, but it can be hard figuring out how things are made!
Thanks

Cheryl said...

I love Japanese craft/sewing books. I would like to know are these just independent artists that submit their work to these books/mags? They sure do alot of hand sewing over there. Is sewing/embroidery as popular in Japan as these books make it appear. The projects are so useful and functional in their simplicity.

Missy ballance said...

Yay! i can leave my comment now! Thank you! Okay... first, I love this blog and thank you for writing about it for offering such cute stuff :) I would like to know more about what people in japan are doing with Gocos, I would love to see rubber stamp carving supplies and project, and I love anything kokeshi doll too :) Thanks again!!

Cathy said...

I'd love to have more help with translating the fantastic Japanese craft books. And of course, more books!

Jennifer said...

I want to know how to get a subscription to Cotton Time or other magazines. All of the subscription cards and websites are in Japanese, so I have no clue how to navigate them.

Super Monkey said...

Definately craft books - reviews would be great (and translations) and tapes/ribbons.

yatenkaiouh said...

I would love to see info about high-fashion Japanese designer patterns that are commercially available in Japan! =)

Sheridan said...

I'd love to see new Japanese fabrics as they are available. Congratulations on such a great response!

Marita said...

This blog is a great idea. Some links to Japanese blogs would be great, even if I can't read the text, I'd love to see what fabric designers are doing. I'd like book reviews as well as I generally buy a book by its cover, usually this is good, but have ended up with some interesting ones. Cheers,

alexandra said...

More! More! More! Of everything - my appetite is insatiable, you've really whet my appetite. Delicious.

Rachelmp said...

I just love the quirkiness. I love it and it just appeals so much to me. I could flick though Japanese books and fabric all day!

zofia said...

It would be wonderful to have a comprehensive translation of japanese sewing terms!
Love the blog!

Claudia S. said...

Hi! Great blog, thanks!
I always wonder how they fit into the cute dresses, I would love to learn to remeasure the patterns to make them fit and make me look thin and graceful like they do!

Paula Clare said...

I love, love LOVE Japanese art! Especially the cute and quirky scrapbooking and altered art variety! I would like to know where you get the adorable kawaii papers and stickers??? Particularly the little people (girls usually) variety??? Inquiring minds want to know!

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blackdog said...

Wow this is a great blog!! I love your goodness blog and your little shop. So when I saw this too, I had to stop by.

I'd love to know more about Japanese fabric screen printing/dying techniques. And where to get some of the materials. Oh and of course where you get those lovely fabrics... as I'd love to one day go over and do some shopping myself.
Thanks!

Dara said...

I love my Japanese craft books - but I don't feel very confident about figuring out the instructions. Some basic information on things like seam allowances and measurements would be awesome. Also book reviews would be fantastic!

Jacky S said...

your site is totally cute, I've always been a big fan of all different types of Japanese crafts especially things like the aranzi aronzo series. One thing i'd love to know more about is bead craft, i've found a few sights but the diagrams are soo confusing lol

Morgan said...

I've visited Japan a few times, but I'm not likely to go back any time soon, unfortunately! I'd love to see more about Japanese art (vs. craft... if those two are really different things!) and culture.

Amanda said...

Wow what a cool site. I would love to see examples of Japanese fabrics, how we can purchase them in other parts of the world and also if you know where the craft books can be bought in Australia.

Lilli boo said...

Hi, great idea. Would love to see more articles on silk, best suppliers. Also silk paints..and information on paint brushes. As when I was in Japan in 2005 I felt overwhelmed by choice and also (sadly) my lack of language skills to ask the questions so didn't buy. Hope to be there in 2009/10 so there will be other opportunities and this is where you could help.! Cheers, Lilliboo

Kate said...

Eee! I adore your blog and your ideas. I am going to Japan in December this year, and am taking notes religiously!

I'd love to to profile paper products more if you can - both traditional and zakka. If there are any good paper shops you know of, I'd love to read about them.

Thank you so much - what a wonderful blog you have!

Anonymous said...

Great blog! Wish I was going to Japan anytime soon. I would love to see a review of all Japanese craft books and rate how good they are. In addition, what the hottest fabric trends are happening in Japan.

qusic said...

What a cute idea to blog about.You're doing a great job!!!
I would like to read something about Japanese fabric designers such as nani iro, echino and suzuko koseki. I love their designs.

Adlpated said...

I would love to see examples of simple (or not so simple) Japanese crafts posted with the instructions on how the item was made, so that readers can then do the craft itself.

Also, lots of photos of crafts and materials used in them.

s . w a t a n a b e said...

I would like to see tutorials on how to decypher the instructions, from Japanese to English, and to have translations of key phrases. Thanks.

Lori Kay said...

I would like to know whether there are Japanese sewing books/magazines with patterns for the larger-sized woman. I'm an American 2X and drool over the Japanese sewing books but am not (yet) skilled at resizing patterns.

Tinsel said...

I would love to hear about some fabulous eateries or food items that are near to these craft shops so we can make a full day of it!--once I do get to Japan of course. I need to find someplace to keep my DH happy while I shop. =) Thanks!

Emma said...

Like the first commenter said, it's be great to find reseources for Japanese craft goodies (both online and real-life) specific to certain countries/cities, because we aren't all lucky enough to be able to visit Japan (and if I ever did I don't think I'd have enough money left for a ticket home now I'm going to know where all the best shops are!!)

Thanks for the great blog so far!

Annemari said...

Oo, I know I'm going to love this blog! I'd love to see announcements/ reviews of new published craft books. Also photos from inside craft stores would be really interesting to see. :)

Fancy Elastic said...

I would like book and magazine reviews so that I can have the confidence to buy without worrying about being able to follow patterns/ gain inspiration.

claudine said...

I love everything I'm seeing so far on this blog -- the shops, travel tips, language, cute stuff... So more of those would be fantastic. Like many people I would love craft books/mags reviews too. Great job, girls!

May said...

Sorry, I was the one that left the anonymus post. Didn't have time to put my name in as my child was screaming.

RE:
Great blog! Wish I was going to Japan anytime soon. I would love to see a review of all Japanese craft books and rate how good they are. In addition, what the hottest fabric trends are happening in Japan.

two little buttons said...

thank you so much x1000 i have just discovered japanese creaft. we are sitting at the snow at the minute ans now finding this blog i am trying to coordinate a trip very soon. thanks and i look forward to reading lots more.
oh do you think you could help me in locating a gocco????

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Bontang Fc said...

I would love to see any information on Japanese scrapbooking.