Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

New Obsession – Japanese Masking Tape MT

I found these lovely tapes online…I cannot believe I only recently discovered them. They are a wonderful translucent rice tape that comes in the most amazing colors and patterns from a Japanese company MT or short for Masking Tape (I think).

I think I found a new obsession. I need to collect more colors. They are fantastic to use when I mail out parcels to customers as it really brightens up my recycled packaging!

Side Project

I was waiting to try out some new felt I got from Japan. I made these while I was taking a break from my normal work routine 🙂

Cotton Time Nov 2008

4910138231183 00838

Yen 838

Another great issue from Cotton Time. This one has a lot of Christmas themed ideas that are very funky and not the traditional decorations. There is a great section on making cute tops and some great applique cushions. There is also a super cute tutorial on making place mats and small hanging decorations with the foam sheets you can get from the dollar store!

Best place to find this copy would be on eBay.

Japanese Craft Book Reviews-Part 2

I got a bunch of new books so I am going to share some more reviews with you! First one for today is one of my new and all time favorite magazines: Cotton Time!

Cotton Time January 2009


Yen 980

Great issue of Cotton Time. This is the latest one on stands. The one item that really pushed me to get this issue was the cute apple and crochet pin cushion!! The remaining content is amazing too: key holders, bags, amazing crochet borders, and lots of inspiration. I recommend getting this book from either eBay or Superbuzzy.

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

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