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I Love Patchwork: 21 Irresistible Zakka Projects to Sew Paperback – December 1, 2009
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"A beautiful new book." - Cate Prato, editor, Studios magazine
"[Coleman-Hale] has an amazing eye for color and combining fabrics, and is able to infuse a ton of impact into unfussy, beautiful sewn objects...we can all try our hands at these Japanese-inspired, happiness-inducing projects." - TrueUp.net
"A modern approach to this sewing technique that will appeal to beginning to intermediate sewers and quilters." - FabTalk
"If you're a fan of the handmade aesthetic with a clean simplistic look, this is a must-read." - CraftCritique.com
"The author grew up in Japan and her first-hand experience with zakka style shines through in this collection of functional and beautiful designs." - Grand Rapids Press
"Unique ways to combine simple sewing with various applique techniques, fabric ties and buttons." - The Detroit News
"A great introductory book... Love it for anywhere from a kitchen to a kid's room." - McClatchy-Tribune News Services
"Coleman-Hale's created a fellow linen-lover. I just droooool over I Love Patchwork." - Euphoria Blog
About the Author
Rashida Coleman-Hale studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, sells her designs on Etsy.com, and has contributed to Stitch magazine. She lives in New York City.
Top Customer Reviews
Ah, the button calendar. Let's talk about that. It was the project that made me buy the book; I was so excited and ran right out to buy the supplies. Ouch. Anyone know just how much self-covering buttons and velcro circles cost? But I went with it... you know, sometimes things you love cost a little more. (But seriously, if you're making a re-usable calendar to save money, you'd better plan to pass it down to your kids if you want to break even). The calendar was fun to make, good instructions, nice photos, clear diagram. I finished it up over several evenings, and then stood back proudly. But... oh, wait a second... if a month starts on a Friday or Saturday, there aren't enough spaces for all the buttons!!!! So, all that money on supplies, all that time, and it turns out the silly thing wasn't even designed properly, which was a little frustrating.
So far, the calendar is the only thing I've made, and though it was a little disappointing, I will definitely give the book another shot by trying out the sewing machine cover.
This is a good book for beginners of any age with all of the easy step by step directions in English and lovely illustrations. It's a nice introduction to sewing. For the advanced or intermediate sewer (I consider myself an 'intermediate' sewer), I think it is always fun to try a new book and possibly see ideas and projects you haven't seen before. Want to give someone a quick, handmade gift? There are projects in here for everyone, and everyone will be amazed that YOU made it JUST for them!
Basically, if you are interested in Zakka crafting but have been afraid to try because most of the books out there are written in Japanese, this is a great book to begin with. Or, if you are just looking for quick and easy sewing projects, it's great for that, too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book for the pattern of the lamb Made it the instructions for complete well written and easy to understand my Little Lamb turned out great.Published 6 months ago by bev
Good ideas! Getting ready for Christmas with these ideas and some of my own!Published 22 months ago by Katharine Duncan
Loved this book! It has everything I could have wanted in a quilting book.Published 23 months ago by suse
So many scraps--so little time! Potholders (hotpads) are such fun and always useful. Instructions are thorough and precise. Great for a beginner.Published on February 21, 2014 by Carolyn Marsh
Lots of really cute patterns. I like the patterns at the back of the book and the clear directions. I will definitely make several of the patternsPublished on November 22, 2013 by Artist