Archive for January, 2009

Japanese Craft Book Review-Embroidery Design Note

Embroidery Design Note

ISBN 978-4-277-31167-0


Another great book by Kazuko Aoki. There are some great projects in this book that are not in the others, such as an alphabet done with straw colored threads and a tiny robin with its nest! The pictures are clear and colorful. I wish I could read Japanese because I have note been able to find a material that re-creates that wonderful grassy patch that she bases her embroidery on, as in Tiny Garden. If anyone has a clue please let me know!!

Link to Amazon Japan: Embroidery Design Note

Japanese Craft Book Review- Cotton Time Issue 75

Cotton Time

Reference Number 4910138231176 00838

Yen 880

I ordered this book once I saw the cover. The advent calendar was a project I wanted to try to make. This magazine was published in November and has a lot of Christmas related projects but there are a ton of other little projects and lots of inspiration in this magazine. This is one reason why I admire Japanese culture. Everything is so visual and appealing. I do not find North American magazines enjoyable to look through as much as Japanese magazines even though I cannot read anything! My collection is timeless and I hope to pass it down to my kids if they ever find an interest in crafts.

Note: Unfortunately this is no longer published. You will need to find a reputable seller on eBay or Etsy to find this issue for you.

Link to Amazon Japan: N/A
Found a European site that may ship overseas? Link

Needle Felt Wool Sweets


Yen 1000

I always feel so inspired to try out projects from this book but currently do not have the supplies to do so. I love the way the artist arranges the small felt fruits on top on the cake bases to give the project a realistic look. Another great craft book with beautiful pictures, clear instructions and a reference to products that can be purchased on Japanese websites.

Note: Japanese site to buy felt goods from Shugeiya

Link to Amazon Japan:

Neele Felt Wool Sweets

Japanese Craft Book Review-Wool Felt Goods

Happy New Year to Everyone! I apologize for not updating my blog for so long. I am back to finishing up my reviews on Japanese Craft books.

Wool Felt Goods



This is a very cute and informative book on felting. The pictures in this book are great and the projects are inspiring.  Even for a complete felt beginner like me the few picture tutorials in this book are great to get started. The rest of the projects can easily be figured out by following the basic steps, such as wet felting some roving into a sheet.

Note: There is a great website listed on the back of this book from which you can order supplies. It is a Japanese site though, so you will need someone to help you out with the order! Otherwise, Superbuzzy has some Japanese felt supplies.

Link to Amazon Japan:

Wool Felt Goods