Posts Tagged ‘japanese craft book’

Cotton Time Jan 2007

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Yen 980

I was fortunate to find this older copy of cotton time on etsy. Its a great issue with a very cute section on applique work. There are other interesting projects in this book such as fabric bags, smocking clothes, leg warmers and a nice section on decor for your project/sewing room.

Cotton Time Nov 2008

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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 Review-Cotton & Paint Vol 31

Cotton & Paint Volume  31

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Yen 857

This issue is packed with super cute purses and bags. Also an adorable scarf project and some cute crochet drink coasters. I only have 1 other issue of Cotton & Paint but hope to find some more issues especially the ones released in 2008. This issue also has a great section on home decor and how to re-create that vintage feel and look on furniture with some simple diagrams that are easy to figure out. I recommend Superbuzzy again if looking to purchase.

Japanese Craft Book Review-Stitch Ideas Vol 5

Stitch Ideas Volume 5

ISBN 978-4-529-04418-9

Yen 933

This is one of my favorite volumes of stitch ideas. This issue is full of very cute and inspiring projects and is a must have in your Japanese craft magazine collection. I got my issue from Superbuzzy.

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

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 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