japanese book review: accessories made from felt
New craft books inspired a new series! I don't read or speak Japanese, but even still, there's a lot to be crafted from Japanese craft books! I have a small-ish collection, so for a short while, Wednesdays are going to be Japanese Book Review days! Of course, all of them are craft related, because there is so much cuteness to be crafted from these books!
The first book is one of my newest. The translated title is Accessories Made from Felt, and the ISBN is 9784834729368. You can find its reference on Google Books, and Yes Asia sells it.
This book has a really nice collection of items in different styles. Some are extra cute, like the bear on the cover (I kinda want to hug her!) and these book marks, and some are very simple and practical, like the little placemat below.
Notice the felt used on both of the items above? It appears to be pre-punched with holes in it, and there are other items in the book that use similar felt. I've never encountered felt like that before, but now I want some. If you have found this type of material, would you please let me know?
Whether I find the felt or not, just seeing it used as it is in Accessories Made from Felt has inspired me. In fact, it was a search for felt like this that led to the discovery that I could use a Fiskars hole punch to create a similar effect...at least the edge of a piece of felt!
Here's a look at some of the instructions for a project. All in Japanese, but the illustrations really do a good job of communicating. I can figure these bags out with little trouble!
A birthday gift with a face? That pink bunny? So cute! These little tag/coin pouches have already led to an idea that I'll be making here on Wild Olive soon!
And then there are these animals. The templates shown are for a brilliant little hedgehog with a knotted back. He's set to be the first thing I make from the book.
Somehow, these egg cozies have become my favorites though. I'm not sure if it's the bright colors, the sweet trim, or those pompoms that have done it, but I love 'em! Maybe I lied...these might need to be first so that our Easter Eggs can wear little stocking caps!
Accessories Made from Felt has 71 projects (sort of...the three egg cozies count as three projects in their count), and all of the templates are in the back pages. Not all are full size, so a bit of deciphering is required in order to get them approximately as they should be. Still, this is a great little book, and one that I will be using a LOT!