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I’m so happy to see that more publishers are translating popular Japanese craft books into English. One of the latest? Patchwork Style: 35 Simple Projects for a Cozy and Colorful Life. This was one of the first books that ever piqued my interest in foreign sewing books, but at the time I was too nervous about sewing in any other language so I never purchased it. So, when it became available in English a few weeks ago, I snatched it up – and it was definitely worth the wait! Not only are the pictures gorgeous (I’m in love with the fabrics), but the projects are adorable. Included in this book are instructions for 34 projects including tissue pouches, quilts, pillows, handbags, and cozies all created in a patchwork style. The instructions are easy to follow as all of the steps are illustrated and the measurements have been converted to inches. Now I can finally sew up the little mini handbag that I’ve been eying for years!

Interested in other Japanese sewing titles? Check out Linen, Wool, Cotton: 25 Simple Projects to Sew with Natural Fabrics released by the same publisher. Vertical Publishing has also released several of the Aranzi Aronzo titles including: Cute Stuff, Baby Stuff, Cute Dolls, The Cute Book, and Aranzi Aronzo Fun Dolls. Lastly, there’s My Favorite Felt Sweets – an adorable, calorie free treat!

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    Aug 26, 2010, 01.03 AMby ginaauckland

    Pinkcashmere, you may see this blog for practical use of Japanese terms. http://movinghands.wordpress.com/japanese-sewing-and-pattern-terms/

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      Sep 11, 2010, 09.35 AMby nessys

      Sorry Gina Honey – I think I marked your comment as inappropriate – so sorry! I was trying to reply and say – thanks so much for that link for Japanese-sewing terms. Much appreciated xxx

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    Sep 4, 2009, 03.30 AMby pinkcashmere

    I love the Japanese clothes and patterns. Saw a great book with BEAUTIFUL items to make for a baby, but alas, not in English and does not come in English. Does anybody know any good resources ie. patterns and books for getting Japanese / Japanese inspired items in English?

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    Sep 4, 2009, 03.30 AMby pinkcashmere

    I love the Japanese clothes and patterns. Saw a great book with BEAUTIFUL items to make for a baby, but alas, not in English and does not come in English. Does anybody know any good resources ie. patterns and books for getting Japanese / Japanese inspired items in English?

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    May 12, 2009, 06.22 AMby peaudane

    Fanciflower, Burdastyle has users from around the world and that is part of the attraction. I think many users are interested in cultures foreign to their own and your comments might be perceived as xenophobic. And since the whole world is suffering from an economic situation that started in the US, your comments are actually pretty insulting.

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    May 11, 2009, 04.17 PMby emilykate

    When I went to Japan I saw dozens of gorgeous books like this, but I was like you, I wasn’t so confident I would be able to work out how do do the projects, not speaking the language, so I only bought a couple, ones that had very detailed pictorials! Japanese books always have such beautiful photographs, and the finish on the projects is always utterly perfect, it’s really a cultural value of Japanese craft, taking the time to have tiny, perfectly-made things. I’ll have to keep a lookout for this translation!

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    May 11, 2009, 07.48 AMby fanciflower

    I really do not understand the attraction to all things Japenese. Patterns and fabrics and other things (little lunchboxes, sushi containers, robots etc. Our economy is really suffering and here we are shelling out money to a different country and importing THEIR goods? What about our homeland? What about buying American? Has anyone noticed how many companies are going under due to lack of business? Ugh, it really frustrates me. Jodi

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      May 25, 2010, 05.22 PMby cyanste

      We buy things from different countries because it’s not available here. :)

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      Sep 8, 2010, 07.05 PMby ncllnn cllns

      maybe if americans would start making super awesome pattern books we wouldn’t search the world for unique patterns. The patterns here are outdated and the same ole stupid. I hate american patterns. ps. I dont know for sure but I am sure some american company is making profit off the japanese sewing patterns (translating, shipping, publishing)

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      Sep 11, 2010, 09.33 AMby nessys

      3 Cheers to ncllnn cllns – those Japanese patterns are so much cooler, funkier and cleaner that the clap-trap you get from mainstream patterns you have access to in America, UK and in my case Australia. Why do most of the dress patterns those companies have look awful? Sometimes I look through the pattern books and think “who in the world would wear that”? !!!!

      I can’t believe that orginal comment from fanciflower. Well actually I can. I think I’ll shut up now.

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