japanese book review: nuigurumi (easy stuffed two-ply)
Ready for another Japanese craft book? I know you are. Especially because this one is so good, and really, quite different from most that you see. Nuigurumi, which Google translates as Easy Stuffed Two-Ply, is filled with animals made from recycled fabrics and the whole thing has a very stylized look. Not so much "cute", but simple and fun.
The ISBN for this title is 9784277563154, and you can find it's Google Books record here. It's available through Amazon Japan, but when I tried ordering some other books, I found that the shipping was far more than the books themselves (so sad...).
Now, let's dig in!
Bears! Just look at those faces...and how fun that they are made in papa, mama and baby sizes!
I've always been a fan of penguins, and oh my...how adorable is that little monkey's backside?! The layout of the pages also gets to me on this. Layers of cut and paste pieces? Yes, please!
As you go through the main image pages, a few things, including the animal names are in English, which is nice for some of the slightly ambiguous creatures. But don't be deceived...everything else in here is in Japanese!
The pattern are pretty easy with this book, since you're putting the animals together in a more 2D sort of way.
But are you ready for my favorite?
Eeeep! What a cute OTTER!!! I want to snuggle him up!
Full size, he's supposed to be about 6 inches tall, but the book shows some ideas for other ways to make these animals at different sizes. For example, big on a tote bag, or small as a brooch. Can you just imagine? Okay, that's it. I've just talked myself into making one of these this week.