Monday, 11 May 2009

The Crafters' Way - Japanese Themed Books

Hope you enjoy this week's Messenger column.

The Moreton Bay Regional Council’s 18 Libraries have a wonderful variety of craft books to borrow. Many of these books are recent releases. Borrowing craft books from the Library is an inexpensive and convenient way to learn a new craft. Visit click on the library branch name to display branch opening hours. These books were all borrowed from the Redcliffe Library.

Folded Flowers by Kumiko Sudo (746.44 SUD)

In this book you will find twenty-four designs (plus 6 bag patterns) that combine traditional origami techniques with fabric and ribbon to create three-dimensional flowers. The book clearly outlines techniques for fabric choices, creating templates and hand stitching. While I’ve not made anything out of this book I have used some of Sudo’s other books and have always found her instructions extremely clear. The author is also a talented illustrator. As an added bonus the book is littered with her delicate watercolours.

Since writing this column for publication I have made LOTS of flowers from this book. I promise that I will return the book to the library tomorrow..... maybe the day after.

Sashiko by Mary S. Parker (746.44028 PAR)

Sashiko is a Japanese method of decorative quilting. Traditionally stitched by hand, the method was laborious. The author shows us an easy way to create the patterns with a continuous machine sewing technique. The book features more than 100 designs; with each one shown as both a colour coded pattern and a sewn sample. The designs are organized by level of difficulty. They are accompanied by a brief history of each design. Included in the book is complete step-by-step instruction to create 25 projects. Once you have mastered the technique you will be able to use your sashiko designs to create one of a kind wearables.

Ikebana by Elizabeth Palmer (745.92 PAL)

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging. The author outlines the origins and characteristics of Ikebana. Don’t skip these chapters. They are essential reading before embarking on the skills and techniques chapters. From here the book falls into three categories. First, the author explains the basic arrangements with step-by-step illustrations. The second category explains classical arrangements against a historical background. Lastly we explore free style arrangements. The author includes these ideas to encourage your creative spirit. While I am unlikely to try Ikebana I thoroughly enjoyed the photos of the simply elegant floral displays.

1 comment:

Liz said...

I agree, Kumiko Sudos books are full of inspiration