Well, crap. Due to unforeseeable family drama, I had to cancel my trip to Tokyo at the last minute. It’s ok to cry about it, I certainly did. Ok, now dry your eyes because I’m not going to let you down on my promise to share Tokyo needle-y awesomeness.
Look, I own a ridiculous amount of Japanese craft books. Some of these I’ve bought at Kinokuniya in Shinjuku, Tokyo and some of them I’ve bought from Etsy. I’ve been buying Japanese craft books from pomadour24 for several years and I highly recommend her shop. Besides an actual bookstore in Tokyo, pomadour24 is my favorite place to buy Japanese craft books.
I’d like to give you a bit of inspiration. Check out some projects from…I guess I’ll call it a Lookbook. The title translates to “cute look”.
How about this lovely collar idea?
It’s possible that I bought this book only for these beautiful felt faces.
I love this artistic interpretation of religious figures!
Take a sketch and turn it into a stitch!
Who doesn’t want a hamster bracelet?
Or sport some felt on your shirt.
If these coin purses don’t make you yearn for some change, I don’t know what will.Do you have any Japanese craft books? If you love Japanese crafts, don’t be afraid of the language. Not only do these books often have universal instructions, you also have me! Are you stuck on a project because you can’t read Japanese? Use me, I’m here for you. I’ll do my best to help translate instructions, all you have to do is ask!
When she’s not gallivanting overseas (usually to Japan) Madeline is making things at home in the Oregon countryside where she lives with four dogs, a pig and her human family. You can keep up with Madeline’s endless fiber projects and find her travel blog at www.madelinewonderland.com as well as visit her Etsy shop.