Archive for December, 2008

Japanese Craft Book Review-Story Quilt

Story Quilt

ISBN978-4-391-13331-8

Yen1600

I love this book because……its just beautiful to look at. I have never really looked at or had any tiny bit of interest in quilting until I saw this book on eBay. It is one of the most unique books on quilting I found after doing some more research on other books. Its a definite must have for any Japanese craft book collector!

Note: This is a hard cover book!

Link to Amazon Japan:

Story Quilt

Japanese Craft Book Review- From My Dear Garden

From My Dear Garden

ISBN 978-4-277-31136-6

Yen 1400

I love the artist that creates this series of books (Tiny Garden). So far I have 4 books in total and I believe there are 3 more available on embroidery and 2 on cross-stitch. This particular book has some beautiful projects and very inspiring photos.  There are not many instructions in this book but it does include most of the patterns needed to re-create the projects.

Link to Amazon:

From My Dear Garden

Cute Embroidery for a Princess

ISBN 978-4-8163-4498-5

Yen 1200

This is a cute book with some nice ideas on small embroidery. The book has sections with diagrams to explain (in Japanese) how to embroider some of the designs. This book is not in my top five but I would still recommend it to someone looking for some cute girly designs!

Link to Amazon:

Cute Embroidery for a Princess

Japanese Craft Book Reveiw- Igne Oyalari

Igne Oyalari

ISBN 978-4-277-31166-3

Yen 1500

This is one Japanese book that I wished I could read Japanese. It is full of beautiful pictures of an exquisite form of needle lace embroidery. My favorite are  the  3D earrings and necklaces. The color combinations of the embroidery in this book are beautiful.  I would recommend this book for the viewing pleasure.

Link to Amazon:

Igne Oyalari

Embroidery Animals and Insects

ISBN978-4-02-190428-8

Yen1400

This is one of my most treasured books. It has tiny embroidery of animals! (my two loves…) The book is full of many designs and the traceable patterns come directly after a set of pages. Like most Japanese craft books, they are almost entirely in Japanese but the instructions are quite easy to follow especially if you have some knowledge on basic sewing and stitching. Even a complete beginner like me was able to figure it out!

I give top marks to this book. It should definitely be a part of your collection.

Link to Amazon Japan: N/A but can be found on eBay.

Tiny Garden Tiny Embroidery

ISBN 978-4-277-31144-1

Yen 1400

I love this book. It has to be one of the most unique I have seen to date and the most fun to look at each time. I wish it was fatter and filled with even more pages and pictures! The only thing I do not like about this book is that it does not really indicate what materials are used for the grassy patch. I even had a friend look through and there was not much information on what exactly it was and where to purchase.

I totally recommend this book for viewing pleasure though!

Link to Amazon Japan:

Tiny Garden

And here is my first attempt at creating my own tiny garden!

Japanese Craft Book Review- Simple Stitch Life

I apologize to any visitors on my lack of writing lately. Its nearing holiday season and my mind as been elsewhere.

OK, here is my first review.

Simple Stitch Life

ISBN 978-4-579-11103-9

Yen 1300 (You do not pay the tax price if ordering internationally Y 1365)

This is a very cute book in my opinion and as the title dictates, the designs are very simple and almost “imperfect”. The pictures are inspiring and the patterns are easy to follow and use some of the most basic embroidery stitches (I am not an expert at embroidery!).

Tip: If you plan on purchasing several books at one time consider ordering directly from Amazon Japan. The shipping cost is Yen 2700 with a handling charge of Y300 for each additional item but the costs are still lower than ordering from a US dealer since you are not paying more than double the cost for 1 book. Shipping to Canada only took 3 days and I paid no duty or tax since DHL is good with handling items plus air shipping usually factors in the cost of a brokerage fee in the shipping.

Here is the link to Amazon Japan for this book:

Simple Stitch Life

Japanese Craft Book Reveiws

Over the next couple days I will  be writing reviews and posting pics of my current (and growing) collection of Japanese craft books. I hope that the information will be helpful to someone! I always look for as many reviews and sample pictures of a book before purchasing it.