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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Breckling Press (October 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933308044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933308043
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #980,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Provides sophisticated, useful, chic and beautiful tiny projects."  —Antiquequiltdating.com


"Exquisite...proves that handmade and beautiful doesn’t equal difficult and labor-intensive.”  —Sew News


"This beautiful book is Sudo at her best."  —Clotilde’s


"A delightful collection of hand-made treasures."  —Appliqué Quilts 


"These projects are elegant and send a message of love."  —Quilter's World

About 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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I would worry though if I had less experience.
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If you enjoy challenging projects, you will love this book.
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Filling the book are excellent close-up photographs.
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121 of 121 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Kumiko Sudo repeats her flair with fabric and fabulous books.

This book, like all her others (and I have most of them!), is such a treat to read and gaze at, even if you do not actually make any of the items. Similar in substance to her earlier book "Omiyage", this text offers many diminutive wonders, but adds the new elements of felt, beads, craft beans, and batting to the projects.

Projects include: tiny jewelry caches, an eyeglass or cellphone cozy, accessories to be worn on the wrist, a CD caddy (holds one), Japan-chic fashion pins (to put on hats, sandals, books), several sewing accessories (kits, thimbles, a pin-cushion, and a needle booklet), temari and juggling balls, tiny kimonos and hula dresses, and several caches or pouches in animal shapes (fish, cicada, dragonfly) and flower shapes (camelia, bird of paradise, posy, wisteria).

If you are a cookie-cutter fabricist and like to crank out volumes of strip-pieced projects, this book will definitely convert you to a hand-sewer of one-of-a-kind treasures. There are almost 30 projects here, with Sudo's signature style that includes useful techniques and her etherial commentary on what motivates her as an artist.

However, take note that like all her other books, odd written English errors appear here and there, and her instructions really require you to do some careful extra thinking beyond what she provides. And don't think that "miniature" is synonymous with "fast"; it took me 2 whole days to complete a project from her Omiyage book (the project was the Conpaito bag which when finished is the size of a hand ball). The instructions can be truly cryptic and the illustrations are not always, well, illustrative. For instance, if a project has 6 steps, she provides only 2 or 3 illustrations.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Clute on January 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the second of Kumiko Sudo's books I have purchased and fallen in love with. There is sure to be a special project that will appeal to your senses and compel you to spend the hours creating just that perfect piece! The projects are small, and require patience and careful attention to detail. That said, the hand sewing can be done in front of the television or while riding in the car.

Items evoke a delight when given as gifts and are perfect for those who have everything. These patterns seem a bit more difficult than those in the Omiyage book and require a bit more imagination to fill in the steps not illustrated. If you enjoy challenging projects, you will love this book.

The Temari balls have become an bit of an issue at my house. I make them for my children and our Siamese cat grabs the balls and runs with them from the kids! So if you have cats or want to make a very special gift for a friend with cats, you could make a Temari ball with a bit of catnip inside!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Wulfert on January 15, 2006
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If you enjoy sewing by hand, or want to learn how, this book provides sophisticated, useful, chic and beautiful tiny projects. Filling the book are excellent close-up photographs. You can easily see beading, edging, pom-poms and other three-dimensional embellishments. Kumiko uses her highly patterned Japanese prints in interesting ways which make it appear that more piecing was done than actually was. They look complicated, but aren't. Although small in size, they make a big impression. There are no quilts in this book. Sewing kits, wearables and pouches of various types make this book fun and useful to a sewing and fabric enthusiast.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lucky parents on May 26, 2008
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Each of the projects is so beautiful in its own right. I truly love planning to make the items in this book. I can spend hours thinking over what to make until I decide, because they are all so interesting and each has a way of lending itself to what you are looking for. The author truly has a talent.
That said I was disappointed by a couple of things. This being a "craft" book the instructions/patterns were lacking in some places. This is especially important because the projects are so detailed and time consuming. Missing a step here or there means tearing out hand stiching and possibly beading. Not fun. I agree with the other poster about the fish. The first time I made it I was about the start sewing step 3 when I realized that I should have turned the template backwards for the fabric template A so that when I tried to put them together the fabric would be on the outside (and also not inside out). Because I hadn't I was forced to rip out hand sewing and recut. I also missed template C, because it just isn't there.
As an experienced sewer I can muddle through. I would worry though if I had less experience. For almost $20 I expected more.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carol Ferguson on May 14, 2007
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Kumiko is a master of her craft and her book shows some of her cutest work. While the patterns are fairly simple. she leaves out important hints that make recreating her projects difficult if you aren't paying attention. Pay close attention to the weight and type of fabric that she uses but does not mention in her directions. If you use a heavier fabric than what she used, you may need to adjust the pattern to make it work. I wouldn't recommend this for a complete beginning sewer. Otherwise this is a great book full of fun projects.
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