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If Scandinavian design doesn't appeal, perhaps you'll find this collection of projects in Japanese style more enticing. The term 'zakka' has been loosely translated to mean 'miscellaneous goods' or sundries.' but in the craft world it has become synonymous with a kind of simple charm and uniqueness—something handmade that is useful and pleasing. 24 designers have each contributed a project, and they include a pincushion, pencil case, mug rug, messenger bag, pot holder, bookmark, coin purse and pillowcase. The instructions seem quite detailed and they're illustrated with diagrams and close-up photographs, as required. This book is another wonderful source for gift ideas and sweet little kinck-knacks to make 'just because.'

(Australian Homespun Magazine, 09/20/12)

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)

About the Author

Rashida Coleman-Hale studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
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Product Details

  • Series: Design Collective
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (December 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607054167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607054160
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stacey M Smith VINE VOICE on December 19, 2011
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Big style in a small package! 24 projects fill the pages -- from totes to potholders, quilts to coasters, sewing cases to frames -- you'll find a ton of inspirtion. Common items are elevated to art form! My favorite project is the nesting boxes: cute storage plus this one would make a great gift. The projects are adaptable and fun. As a bonus, there lots of stash-busting projects. Lots of bang for the buck!
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By cpeep on January 13, 2012
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Author Rashida Coleman-Hale explains that the Japanese term zakka has been loosely translated to mean "miscellaneous goods," "many things," or "sundries." Something with simple charm. Something handmade that is useful yet pleasing.

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.
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A fabulous book! I pre ordered and was not expecting to receive it until February (living down under has drawbacks)however it arrived in time to bring on holiday, the time I get to sew the most. I am keen to try many of the projects, though I may not always include linen in them. The book is beautifully illustrated with lots of diagrams. I have started to make the tote, and whilst triangles are not my favourite patchwork pursuit, the instructions and digrams are a huge help. I have lots of craft books and I may not make all the items but it is a book that I will enjoy browsing for many years to come and a book I will gain inspiration from.
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Rashida Coleman-Hale's first book, I Love Patchwork: 21 Irresistible Zakka Projects to Sew is a favorite of mine and her palette pin cushion is one of my most used and prized sewing items.

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.
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At first I was disappointed that not all the projects were by Rashida as she is one of my favourite designers in the industry and I loved her first book 'I Love Patchwork'. However, this book brings together many artists and projects with a common theme of 'Zakka' style, that touch of Japanese flair. I'm sure you'll find lots of things you want to make or adapt. There are lots of possibilities here. I love all the projects on the cover and that mix of linen and patterned fabric is just adorable and makes me think of so many possibilities. You'll learn about each of the artists and discover some great blogs to follow on the way. Projects include quilted magnets, a pretty linen bag, a house pouch and great ideas for the kitchen and home. Great photos, great instructions and inspirational are words I would use to describe this book. This review first appeared on yarnsnadfabrics website.
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Zakka Style is really one of the best project books in a long time. I have made 2 of the projects so far and have had great success. Her inspirational pictures are so current - and the projects are great sizes and leave room for your own creativity. Most of the projects give you a great jumping off place to go ahead and make more with your own twist on them. I just finished my first Tweed Pouch with a zipper installed between the outer fabric and the lining. It is great! I can't wait to make more.
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