The Crazy Suburban Mom: I love japanese craft books - Zakka Sewing

Friday, April 24, 2009

I love japanese craft books - Zakka Sewing


I love and adore certain things. My family, for sure but beyond them... Pyrex. Well, beyond that...

I love Japanese Craft books!

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Most are in Japanese and I don't even care. The visual directions are so good that for so many books you don't even need to be able to read Japanese.

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Publishers in the country seem to dumb down craft books. I can't tell you how many times I've purchased (Bought....paid for...With money.) craft books published in the U.S. because of a fabulous to-die-for project on the cover. Than I get the book and all the projects inside the books are dreadful. It's like buying a box of yummy delicious girl scout cookies... but when you rip the box open (yes, I do rip open boxes of girl scout cookies) there's nothing in there.

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Not so with Japanese craft books. And more and more are even in English. This one is. It's called Zakka Sewing - 25 Japanese Projects for the Household. It was published in 2008 and it's a beautiful 152 page softcover with book jacket. And heavy colored pages.

Be still my heart.

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The ISBN is 978-1-59479-634-3
I admit that mostly I read them and don't craft from them. It's sort of like my thing for cookbooks, you know? I have so many...more than I will ever cook from... but to me they are reading material.

Anyway.... If you haven't experienced the bliss that is Japanese craft books, do.

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The projects go from cute (kawii, in Japanese) to elegant and the directions are spelled out clearly. I used to have a lot more of these books but I had to sell some of them. (sob). Life's like that some times.

I'm planning on posting some pictures of my very favorites.



2 Comments:

Veronica Lee 4/24/09, 8:56 AM  

The Japanese are a creative lot. Looking forward to see your pics.

chongkol 9/25/10, 5:39 PM  

Hi
I have bought one and have not made anything out of this book. I am a fan of japanese craft books and so far have spent a lot on them, I love to look at the pictures again and again.
crazy!!!
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