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Omiyage : Handmade Gifts from Fabric in the Japanese Tradition Paperback – December 11, 2000

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From Library Journal

"Omiyage" is the Japanese word for gift. Sudo, author of a number of books on Japanese quilting including Harmonies & Hurricanes: Color & Line in Japanese Quilts and Circles of the East, here turns her attention to small, handmade, fabric gifts requiring only simple hand sewing, colorful fabric scraps, and imagination. Forty-three original designs for gifts such as fabric Temari balls, boxes, pincushions, pockets, pouches, and evening bags are featured. The author also includes a teaching plan for instructors wishing to use the book as a textbook for sewing classes. Notes on techniques and background information on the place of personal gifts in the Japanese calendar throughout the year add to the appeal of this unique volume. Highly recommended for large public libraries and textile collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Before moving to the United States in 1985, Kumiko Sudo was known by quilters throughout Japan for her books and as a crafts expert on television. Sudo's work is in several prestigious public and private collections throughout the United States, including the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Contemporary Books; 1 edition (December 11, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809229099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809229093
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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87 of 87 people found the following review helpful By go2yourlibrary on August 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
Omiyage is one of the best books for small handcrafts I have ever seen. It uses my scrap material but the intricate patterns make every project look rich! My 16 year old daughter found the daffofil pocket and has made at least 5 in the last week! Although some of the more difficult patterns seem to leave out a step, the directions are clear, easy to read and easy to follow. The patterns in the back are easy to copy and use and I plan to use this book to make small, quick gifts for my friends' birthdays! I was also interested in the Japanese culture and there is great introductory information on the art of Omiyage in Japan, as well as information on holidays and some folktales. I requested that my library order a copy, but I bought a personal copy for myself! It is a WONDERFUL book!! Kumiko Sudo is a gifted artist.
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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By J.P. on March 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Kumiko's book is beautiully photographed, and well designed, it's a small treasure like crafts you'll find inside. I am a NOVICE sewer, and a very visual right-brained person. I find the instructions, simple and easy to follow, the addition of illustrations, photographs, sewing tips, and patterns (you can photocopy from the back of the book) are indeed helpfull.
At first I was looking for a book on sewing small handbags, like the Sakura or Conpaito. I was delighted to see that this book includes an assortment of ; good luck dolls, hai-hai dolls, oriental style pin cushions, Temari balls, sewing box & thimble, several flowers, butterflies and small animals. Ms. Sudo touches on the point that Omiyage is inspired by origami, and gives tips on the fabric folds, purse hems, making fabric beads, and tying decorative knots.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in making the jump from paper origami to fabric projects, also to those interested in sewing crafts wanting to branch out into small projects (other than stuffed animals), and of course to anyone who enjoys making and giving hand-made gifts.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
Ms. Sudo makes Exceptional gifts and notions, and this book is a Delight to read! Her thoughts on Seasons and Gifts are educational and inspiring, especially to one, such as myself, who has not been steeped in Japanese culture. As an Art book, I would have given it five (5) stars.

Having said that, I've made several of the projects (five to date) and found substantial errors in pattern measurements, inadequate or missing directions, and misleading diagrams. It's such a shame that Ms. Sudo's inspired artwork was giving shoddy treatment! I do agree with "A Reader"'s opinion that the directions must not have been proofread. I muttered more than once "The Editor should be Flogged!"
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is truly unique, and unbelievably special. The author mentions many traditions, legends, and childhood experiences which make certain projects all the more special. There are numerous types of dolls (many with legends behind them), many types of fabric containers, etc. -- all of which would make splendid gifts or favors. (There is even a fabric cicada with an inspiration legend behind it, a sparrow purse, etc.) Each of these projects is wholly unique and strikingly beautiful -- although the temari ball is of the type that children played with, rather than the intricate threaded sorts popular for Christmas tree ornaments. Although I have not yet had time to make any of the projects, the directions and diagrams appear very clear, and I can't wait to get rolling. These are definitely not "same old, same old" -- each is unique, and incredibly special.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Frost on February 25, 2001
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I found this book to be very inspiring, with its lovely photos that show off the projects, which are made of beautiful fabrics (I *want* those fabrics!). Ms. Sudo's instructions are very clearly written and illustrated, although I had a moment of confusion when she discussed the "hem" for the pouches (a lot of the projects in this book are cleverly designed pouches), then I realized she was referring to the casings for the drawstrings.
She also discusses, briefly, the custom of "omiyage", of gift-giving, in the Japanese culture, and shares some of her reminisces of her girlhood in Japan.
I have already made the "Chinese Bellflower" (shown on the cover of the book), it features a tiny pouch in the back of it. I ended up giving it to my best friend who admired it as I made it! Many of the projects take so little fabric, just scraps really, although she does give generous yardage suggestions. As I mentioned before, there are many clever little pouches, as well as some boxes and little fabric temari balls. She also covers instructions for teaching classes using her book. All the patterns needed for the projects are located at the back, where they can be traced off or photocopied, and there are some "general" instructions in the beginning of the book (for the pouch "hems" as well as fabric beads) that the reader is referred to instead of having to re-print them over and over for each project.
All in all, I really enjoy this book, and I'm looking forward to making the other projects featured in it.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Marcia R. Crew on May 11, 2001
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Don't hesitate to buy this book!! It is not only beautifully done, but all the projects can be hand sewn which may be very appealing to some who like take-along projects. I have looked through and read it several times before I could even begin to pick the first three projects I will be making. Can hardly wait to share it with my friends. I am a bead artist and these beautiful "presentation" masterpieces will be the perfect addition to giving a most special gift inside as well as out.
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