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When people think of Japanese craft- they often think of zakka-cute- whimsical sewing projects. But Japan has a long history of traditional quilting as well. Yoko Saito- a quilt artist for more than thirty years- explores traditional folk themes in her work and interprets them with a vintage- yet modern feel. The projects in this book use traditional patchwork techniques such as log cabin- hexagons- baskets- and stars- sewn in soft sepia and taupe fabrics. Featuring piecework- applique- machine stitching- handstitching- and embroidery- these projects are a delight for anyone who loves doing needlework. Nostalgic yet modern- in soft monochromatic fabrics- the projects can be described as Japanese-style Americana- modern country style thats also at home in chic urban settings. A subtle- detailed- exquisitely crafted beauty characterizes these lovely projects. While the book features a few large wall quilts- most of the projects are small (albeit detailed)- with appeal for quilters who want a taste of traditional quilting without the investment of time and labor that bed-size projects require. Many of the projects are variations on Yokos popular signature fabric baskets/containers/handbags- and there are also cushions- an apron- sewing kit- and notions box. Paper patterns for all projects are in an enclosed envelope in the book.While Yoko Saitos stitching is beautiful and meticulous- she embraces the wabisabi concept of imperfection- using odd-shaped pieces and quilting with a free mind- as she says- that is not bound by conventional designs. Her respect for the legacy of... Please click here to ask a question
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