japanese sewing

November: Month of books at Whipup.net

Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share Margaret McGuire, Alicia Kachmar, Katie Hatz, Tamara Barker, Claudia Cormier, Elizabeth Duke, Sarah Goldschadt, Larissa Holland, Melissa Jacobson, Len and Melanie Kachmar, Holly Keller, Colleen Lemons, Mei Pak, Mel Sparkles, Jessica Trail, Hope Wattanaphand, Nadia Marks Wojcik. Published by Quirk Books (October 4, 2011).

Quirk books live up to their name and publish some really interesting and well … uhm … quirky books (they may be quirky but they are also pretty cool!)

Microcrafts is a collection of tiny contributor projects (none more than 2 inches high) – based around the concept of tiny handcrafted treasures and using up odd bits of craft supplies. From mini books to use as jewellery, bunting to decorate a cake, polymer clay candy charms and tiny sewn felt puppies – there might just be a project or two perfect to give at the holidays.

Happy Home Made Vol 1: Treasured Collection by Yoshiko Tsukiori has been republished by Penguin Australia into English with full-sized pull-out pattern sheets adapted for Western sizing (Aus6–16).

You might have come across the original Japanese version of this book – or others like it – if so you will already know that the styling is very oh so simple and relaxed and seemingly without fuss. The clothes are loose fitting but not frumpy – a little bit boho – a little bit hippy, but perhaps just Japanese effortless style is more to the point.

Shorts, smock dresses, pinafore dress, tunic top, crossover jacket and tiered skirt – is what you will find in this book – definitely a couple of items I will make to add to my weekend casual attire. So happy it’s in English – yay!

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