Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Crafting Japanese Style

These Japanese Craft Books seem to be rather addictive. I'm afraid I have bought quite a few now but I am too ashamed to show them all at once, you might think I have a problem, and it may very well be true, but hey, it isn't bothering me.

They really are such beautiful books, the photography and styling is a feast for the eyes and they are so inspiring. This book inspired me to start a little embroidery. I don't really know how to embroider but I am learning on the job so to speak. I hope it will make a nice little panel to perhaps add to a dress for Tilly, as in this photograph, or maybe to embellish a bag or something.

I will share some more images from the book tomorrow. I need to try to work out how to add them to that great site
as I don't think this particular book appears on there yet. I need to take some better pictures first though, the ones I have so far are rubbish. Of course this all helps distract me from acres of Denim....


Anonymous wendy said...

The japanese craft bug has hit me to. Lovely embroidery!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006 8:42:00 pm  
Anonymous lyn said...

Your embroidery is lovely.
Don't worry about your addiction, there are many of us to keep you company. : )

Wednesday, August 09, 2006 8:50:00 pm  
Blogger caroline said...

Oh dear don't talk to me about Japanese crafting books - they will be my ruin.

Your embroidery is looking lovely - I'm just trying to learn again, I vaguely remember bits from school but a book I am finding really helpful is Marie Noelle Bayard's Embroidery Techniques and Patterns which I got from my local library.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006 8:58:00 pm  
Blogger Cherry Rolfe said...

I so love oriental children - just the prettiest babies on the planet! I used to collect Japanese embroidery and dress pattern books when we lived in Singapore in the late sixties. I still have some embroidery transfer books and they have stood the test of time perfectly. I must look out some modern ones. Thanks for the prod!!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006 9:01:00 pm  
Blogger Tami said...

I am also addicted to Japanese craft books. I mostly like to look through them for inspiration.

My favorite site for ordering online is:

They always send a little something extra with your order.

Your embroidery is lovely.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006 9:30:00 pm  
Blogger weirdbunny said...

Hello fellow welsh blogger!

Love your embroidery..

Thursday, August 10, 2006 10:04:00 am  
Blogger Kathleen said...

The first little girl in the blue and white check is adorable! I think it's something about the dour look on her face, it's irresistible.

Thursday, August 10, 2006 1:27:00 pm  
Blogger Charity said...

The photos really are beautiful. When I see them, I feel tranquil, somehow. The embroidery is coming along nicely! Like knitting, embroidery is pretty forgiving - you can take it out if you hate it ;)

Thursday, August 10, 2006 4:28:00 pm  
Blogger weirdbunny said...

Just to say in reply I'm from south Wales, the Rhondda Vallies.

Thursday, August 10, 2006 10:59:00 pm  
Anonymous marjorie said...

When my girls were little I did a bit of embroidery and I bought them each a kit with a pre-stamped picture for them to embroider over. One daughter finished her picture (with some help from me) and gave it to her teacher as a gift. I think that was the end of that craft in our house. I admire you for trying so many different fibre arts!

Friday, August 11, 2006 1:58:00 pm  
Anonymous Katherine said...

You're not the only one - Japanese craft books are so addictive! There's an ebay seller that has a good selection, and Kittycraft sounds fabulous (currently relocating to the UK... lower postage costs for us maybe?!) I absolutely have to stop buying them for the moment as we're on an economy drive, but they're so luscious. Don't you just wish there was something similar here - it seems like there's a huge gap in the market as far as craft books and magazines in the UK are concerned.

Sunday, August 13, 2006 8:35:00 pm  
Blogger Donna said...

I too, have had to budget myself on Japanese craft books. At one point I tried to make a rule that I couldn't buy any new ones until I had made at least one thing from each of the others, but that didn't stick 8-) I order mine from
shipping is free anywhere in the world if your order is more than 40.00 USD, which I find pretty easy to do haha.

Monday, August 21, 2006 6:39:00 pm  
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