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 http://huangfamily.com/craftingjapanese/
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....

13 Comments:

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:

http://www.kitty-craft.com/

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
http://us.yesasia.com/en/index.aspx
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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