Thursday, September 25, 2008

zakka sewing

At last a craft book on Japanese zakka with english instructions!
All 25 projects have been designed and made by well known Japanese zakka crafters living in Japan.

The book was styled by Yuki Matsuo and photographed by Yoko Inoue both Japanese living in New york. They have done a beautiful job, the book is visually stunning!

Each of the charming projects are accompanied by plenty of photos as well as step by step instructions. I particularly love the inclusion of the zakka fact, which offers an insight into Japanese culture and inspiration behind each of the projects.

There is also a great 'how to' in the front of the book which makes this book perfect for the beginner crafter. With tips on transferring patterns, basic sewing techinques and embroidery stitches.


You will also find each of the crafters credited along side their project as well as information on their websites. There you'll find more eye candy and a whole new world of blogs to discover.


Most of the projects use natural fibres like linen, wool and wool felt. If you have difficulty sourcing the supplies you need, you will find an extensive list of online stockists in the back of the book. As well as where to shop zakka in Japan.

I got my copy from the book depository but it's also available over at Amazon. For more photos of the projects and free instructions for the squirrel tea cozy. Check out the books website at zakka home.

Some of the designers

Sayaka Suzuki

Kui Hazuki

Massimo

kabott

12 comments:

Emma said...

That book looks gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing the info and the lovely pictures, I think this one will definately have to go on my list of books to buy ;)

Corrie said...

oh oh oh better add that to my collection

Michelle said...

oh my! oh my! I need to get this book!

Anna said...

What a great find! Despite trying to stick to "I will not buy any more japanese books online" I think I will have to have a look at this one...

Therese said...

Thanks so much for your lovely review of our book!

Tamara said...

I am loving your blog! I must say it would be great if these books had english translations! T x

Sarah said...

It's in English? OMG! I am so excited! Thanks for letting everyone know!

lina said...

I was this book on someone's blog and began thinking about it, but after this pictures I decided to get one for my self. It arrived this week and I must say that is one of the most beautiful zakka books I have!

Early Bird Special said...

I found this book at my library this week in the NEW BOOKS section, and I am in love. I told my husband I must purchase a copy for my personal library. Great review!

elena fiore said...

Many compliments for your blog!
Ciao dall'Italia, elena.

seesaw designs said...

really beautiful :)

Anonymous said...

Hello, I live in Gunma Prefecture,Japan and was hoping if anyone knew of any short sewing classes taught in English? Your help would be greatly appreciated-