Zakka Sewing: 25 Japanese Projects for the Household

Zakka Sewing Japanese Projects for the Household The phrase Made in Japan once conjured images of assembly line production but now it connotes well made products that are unique and ingeniously designed sometimes elegant sometimes cute always cha

  • Title: Zakka Sewing: 25 Japanese Projects for the Household
  • Author: Therese Laskey Chika Mori Yoko Inoue
  • ISBN: 9781584797203
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Paperback
  • The phrase Made in Japan once conjured images of assembly line production, but now it connotes well made products that are unique and ingeniously designed sometimes elegant, sometimes cute, always charming And none are charming than the graceful, functional, sewn objects called zakka In Japanese, zakka means household goods, referring specifically to hand sewn iThe phrase Made in Japan once conjured images of assembly line production, but now it connotes well made products that are unique and ingeniously designed sometimes elegant, sometimes cute, always charming And none are charming than the graceful, functional, sewn objects called zakka In Japanese, zakka means household goods, referring specifically to hand sewn items for domestic use tableware, kitchenware, containers of various kinds, even simple clothing Therese Laskey and Chika Mori were enchanted by the many clever pieces they saw online but disappointed that directions and patterns were solely in Japanese They knew they had to put together an authentic zakka book for English speaking crafters To do so, the authors enlisted the help of some of the best zakka makers in Japan to create 25 projects ranging from utterly simple an appliqu d pot holder, flower shaped coasters to ambitious a house shaped camera cozy, an adorable pair of comfy padded slippers Each project includes easy to follow instructions and how to illustrations The lovely photos of finished pieces were taken by New York based Japanese photographer Yoko Inoue.

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    1. ack! so. many. cute. projects! i love to browse through the eye candy that is japanese craft books and here is one, presented in english, in a more familiar american layout, but with the same design characteristics that i love about japanese crafts. i'm especially fond of the bunny wallet and the sashiko tea towel (actually, i love all of the sashiko work. i never knew what it was called, but it's beautiful and i'm going to have to try it now for myself.) Also liked the linen basket, the bunko-b [...]

    2. First off, I appreciate books that include a level of difficulty with each project. Many sewing books do not, and, when you are a beginner like me, it is truly helpful.I also prefer sewing books that have general notes & techniques in the front as opposed to the back because, for some reason, my mind finds it more easy to flip back to a reference point in the front than the back of the book.Another thing that is neat about this book is that it is a collective and the name and website of each [...]

    3. "Zakka" is a Japanese word that means "household goods". Beautiful, functional, artistic household goods like baskets, tea cozies, pencil cases, etc. that add cuteness, individuality and warmth to a home. This book has 25 "authentic zakka" sewing projects. Meaning they were designed and made in Japan by Japanese crafters. And what cute projects they are! Let me confess that I while I can hand sew, I haven't a clue how to machine sew, which is a really necessary skill to make most (but not all) o [...]

    4. This book contains whimsical projects for home/and gifts, with simple illustrations and clear directions. Recommend for hand sewers of all ages.

    5. I really enjoyed this book! I think I prefer this to zakka sewing books that have more westernized projects in them. There are several projects in here that I want to make, namely the little basket and the bunny pouch. But I'm inspired by many of the other projects (mug rugs!), and I find this to be the book's main strength. I made the book cover project in the books, and while most of the instructions are spot on, especially for adapting the pattern to differently-sized books, I couldn't find t [...]

    6. A sewing book of little, simple projects. Most of the projects have very nice, different details, which make them stand out against all the same ol', same ol' stuff. Some of the details are very tiny, and may be too hard for a beginner to tackle. This is also another one of those books where all of the patterns need to be blown up on a photocopier, which some people don't have access to and don't want to pay for - in the good old days, actual sized patterns were included for all projects, and I [...]

    7. I actually bought a copy of this one and I don't regret it at all! You do have to enlarge most of the patterns before using them, which is always annoying, but I just used my scanner/printer to do it. So far I have made the bunny wallet, which has since become my main wallet (I changed it to an applique of a dog though) and the bunny pencil case (adorable! have gotten many compliments).I also like the book cover pattern, which turned out great and is particularly nice because they give you detai [...]

    8. I'm always on the lookout for simple sewing crafts because my oldest daughter loves to sew. This sweet book has some really unique and charming projects. Each project has a "Zakka Fact":The felt flower coasters resemble wagashi- traditional Japanese sweets that are often created with seasonal themes. Flower-shaped wagashi appear in stores in Japan each spring.

    9. I liked this one. It had some cute ideas, but since I'm only JUST getting into the whole sewing game I found some of them a bit challenging. I DID make the squirrel tea cozy which attracted me to the book in the first place and if I'd actually gotten sewed the correct sides together it would be pretty great.

    10. Really cute projects of differing difficultly levels, although most are not very suited for complete beginners. Nice step by step instructions, and even some interesting background information on what is Zakka.

    11. I've made several projects from this book. My favorite is the cover project--the squirrel tea cozy. Very easy to make, and so sweet. Projects range from very simple to insanely detailed. I enjoy the Japanese asthetic--the use of linen, simple embroidery, and interesting trims.

    12. I picked this up while looking for something else and realized I would make over half of this book easily! The designs range from easy to difficult and they also make you think of ways you'd customize other things as well.Very cute.

    13. There are many beautiful things in the book. But the only reason I bought the book was for the squirrel tea cozy on the cover. I am giving it a three because I may just make the squirrel. The craft ideas are cute but I don't know if I would spend time making them.

    14. This book is beautiful, the instructions are clear and I want to make everything in it! Definitely something I need to own.

    15. really cute and mostly practical projects. I sewed the book cozy with some modifications, and while it was terribly time-consuming, it wasn't very difficult.

    16. Not a lot of new and original ideas. One slightly interesting embroidery technique and a ton of things that are stupidly easy to make, or in every single other sewing book/magazine on earth.

    17. Cute projects! I might try some before I return it to the library. I like that print & linen look but every project in here has that combo, maybe that's part of the Zakka experience?

    18. Some cute projects, but nothing I had to make immediately. It might be worth checking out again for the sewing machine cover and coat hanger cover designs.

    19. The crafts are lovely but I think the sashiko placemats are the only things I would do for myself out of this book. I loved the zakka facts included and the photography is fantastic.

    20. I would never make or use many of the projects in this book, but look at that adorable squirrel tea cozy! You better believe I copied that pattern out of the book. :-)

    21. Zakka to me is the epitome of cute and there were no projects in this book clever or graceful and pretty enough that I wanted to sew.

    22. Sweet projects that would be fun to make as small, functional gifts. Too busy to try any right now, but the directions & patterns seem clear. Also refers you to each designers web page.

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