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Zakka Style: 24 Projects Stitched with Ease to Give, Use & Enjoy (Design Collective) Paperback – December 16, 2011
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Zakka, a Japanese term meaning 'many things' or 'miscellaneous goods,' has evolved into a universal design style that embodies simple charm and a homemade aesthetic. This book showcases projects by fiber artists from around the globe who share this zakka style. The 24 projects comprise bags and totes in a variety of shapes and sizes as well as simple and sweet items like a pencil case, sewing kit, pincushion, patchwork ribbon, and picture frames.
Coleman-Hale, who also writes the blog 'I Heart Linen,' demonstrates her affection for linen and the role it plays in Zakka Style: all the projects incorporate the natural fabric and exude an organic, homemade feel true to zakka.
(Christine French International Quilt Festival - Quilt Scene, Winter 2012/2013)
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In Zakka Style, Coleman-Hale showcases 24 projects from as many designers. Despite the many hands that worked on the book, the overall look of the collection is coherent and visually pleasing. There is a consistency of fabric choice and design aesthetic that flows from one page to the next.
This book is built for browsing. There is no index and the table of contents is spartan--just each project title and the name of the designer.
The projects seem easy enough for anyone with basic sewing skills, although I may not be the best judge of this as I have been sewing since Nixon was in the Oval Office! My personal favorites are those that incorporated patchwork. I especially love the Itty Bitty Quilt Block Magnets, Sweet Memories Picture Frame and oh, those fabric Nesting Boxes!
Many could be completed in a short block of time. All are attractive enough to give as a little (or not so little) present. Instructions are clear and well organized with supply list, cutting directions and assembly directions. Photographs and illustrations are numerous and well chosen. Full size patterns are at the back of the book.
So when her new book came out I was hitting refresh four times a day at the library website hoping to see it arrive. Well, it never did so I bought it, sight unseen, brewed myself a cup of tea and settled in to devour it thoroughly. My first reaction was shock and disappointment as the book is compiled by Rashida, the projects are not hers. Once I stopped freaking out I calmed down enough to realize that this is a GREAT book full of the sort of things you would expect this author to associate her name and reputation with.
The projects all have an abundance of zakka style and pair natural linen with funky modern, bright fabrics. They run the gamut from coasters to quilts with a lot of interesting additions like a bread carrying bag and hand warmers. While none of the projects vary too much from things I've seen before - I read a lot of books featuring this style - I love having so many high-quality instructions in one place and I can easily image making several of the patterns this spring. For me, that's the sign of a very good book.
I'd class this intermediate or very motivated beginner level. I know several of the projects look a little daunting for me to try with my current skill set.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Project are great and directions easy to follow. I have made a couple of gifts from it and have made an impression.Published 3 days ago by Eva E. Fruhwald
Only a few projects with practical use for me but I fell in love with the pencil case so I bought the whole book for that. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Scarlett
Photos and step by step are missing in this book.
The ideas are great, but many of them are impossible to follow with only text and no images of the process. Read more
Love this book! I have made a couple of items and they turned out great!Published 4 months ago by connie raven