I’m not going to lie to you, I adore Japanese crafts. Consequently, I’m absolutely thrilled when a popular Japanese craft book is published in English – not only does it become more economical (many popular Japanese titles can cost as much as $30 or more, plus shipping from overseas, while the translated versions cost around $15 or less), the ‘fear’ of sewing in another language is also removed (measurements are also in inches instead of metric). The latest book to be translated? Naomi Tabatha’s Felt Friends from Japan. This title has over 80 projects inside: stuffed toys, coin purses, badges, flowers, quick tie bags, and even mascots (pocket sized animals) all made from felt and hand-stitched together in a cute, kawaii style.
The instructions for Felt Friends are exactly as you would see them in the Japanese version of the book (except translated to English, of course) – Each step is described and has an accompanying drawing to further clarify the directions. I always find these illustrations to be most helpful… it’s amazing how much information you can pack into a drawing (what areas to stitch, what stitch to use, where to place each piece, etc.)! There’s also a handy little section with all the stitches you’ll need to use, how to use the patterns, and how to stuff your little critters. Best of all, all the patterns are included in the book and almost all of them are full sized (I only noted that one needed to be enlarged on a copier).
Intrigued? The publisher has sent me a copy of Felt Friends from Japan to give away to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment by midnight (CST) March 13 to be eligible for the draw. Earn extra entries for blogging about this contest or Tweet about it with a link back to this entry (you can use the handy “Share This Post” button) then come back here to leave additional comment(s) in this thread with a link to your post andor let me know about your tweets.
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