Wagashi: Handcrafted Fashion Art from Japan

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Patterns for 20 handcrafted projects, each an exquisite accessory and a tiny work of art, are provided in this step-by-step guide. The centerpiece of the handbook is a range of stunning fabric jewelry—necklaces, bracelets, and earrings—crafted from silks or cottons complemented by a colorful decorative cord that is woven or knotted into unique designs, called kumihimo. Instructions are provided for several unusual craft techniques including Japanese knotwork, Delica beading, and fabric ...

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Overview

Patterns for 20 handcrafted projects, each an exquisite accessory and a tiny work of art, are provided in this step-by-step guide. The centerpiece of the handbook is a range of stunning fabric jewelry—necklaces, bracelets, and earrings—crafted from silks or cottons complemented by a colorful decorative cord that is woven or knotted into unique designs, called kumihimo. Instructions are provided for several unusual craft techniques including Japanese knotwork, Delica beading, and fabric origami, each with color drawings and step-by-step directions. Projects are accompanied by color photographs evocative of contemporary Japanese style, and every chapter opens with a wonderful original watercolor by the author, as well as text providing reflections on Japanese life and art.

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"Kumiko Sudo's fingers make fabric magic."  —McCall's Quilting
Library Journal

Like Sudo's previous books, e.g., Kokoro no Te: Handmade Treasures from the Heart, this work is filled with delicate fabric treasures with an Asian flavor. The unifying theme of these projects for small accessories is Wagashi, a type of Japanese sweet, although none of them involves real candy. This visually appealing book will be welcomed by fans of Sudo's distinctive style; recommended for public libraries.


—Constance Ashmore Fairchild
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933308142
  • Publisher: Breckling Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 855,046
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kumiko Sudo is an internationally acclaimed quilt and fiber artist whose work is featured in the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City. She is the author of East Quilts West, Fabled Flowers, Flower Origami, Folded Flowers, and Omiyage. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    some really cute ideas...

    the directions were just a tiny bit confusing to follow, but definitely workable. The ideas were great, pictures were great too. I have used this several times already, would buy it again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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