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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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  

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.

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