The Crazy Suburban Mom: Japanese Craft Book Obsession - Button Crafts

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Japanese Craft Book Obsession - Button Crafts

I love Japanese Craft books and Mooks (Sort of a combination book + magazine). I don't think American craft books hold a candle to the Japanese version. I don't even think they come close.

I've rarely seen a Japanese Craft book I didn't covet. And I admit I buy them for crafts I don't even plan to do... just because I love them so darn much. Recently, I had to destash some of them. It was excruciating.

I wanted to highlight a few that I love (and kept) on my blog. I did one about a week ago on the book Zakka Sewing. A fabulous, new acquisition of mine and in English, even. But I don't mind if they are in Japanese... most of the time the directions are so wonderful and visual it doesn't matter a whit if you can't understand. I'll show you....

This book...


... is on Button Crafts. Gosh, don't get me started on how much I love vintage buttons...


The book has directions on how to embellish clothes and accessories with buttons.


How to embellish buttons, themselves... Beautiful, aren't they?


And how to make button projects for jewelry...

And as to the directions being in Japanese?


You can totally do the project without knowing a word. Don't you think?

You can buy Japanese craft books online at Etsy, Ebay or even online at Amazon Japan. Did you know you could order from Amazon Japan? Just hook yourself with Google Translate and your all set. Well, mostly. Google translate isn't perfect of translation especially between Japanese and English but it got me through the ordering process more than once! I ordered this very book directly from Amazon Japan. Check it out... If you go to the home page and put in this books information ISBN is 4-579-11063-3 it will show up. Because Amazon makes other like suggestions you can navigate to other similar books...


Mommy24cs 4/28/09, 3:11 PM  

I own several japanese craft books and love them too :o)

tracy 4/28/09, 3:20 PM  

Arent they fabulous???

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