Gorgeous Japanese Textile Projects

Look what was in my mailbox today! (This is why I love http://Paperbackswap.com…little treats mixed in with the bills and the ads.) The book that came today is Kokoro no Te: Handmade Treasures from the HeartThe author, Kumiko Sudo, never disappoints. Unlike her other books about large quilts, this title features smaller projects like bags and pincushions.

Even the end papers of the book are gorgeous:

The photography really brings out the delicate details of the projects.

Here’s the back of the book for the summary:


A Dazzling Collection of 30 Projects, Handmade from the Heart

  • Saifu -Purses, Totes, and Keepsakes
  • Mune-Kazari -Japan-Chic Fashion Pins
  • Saihoh-Yohgu -Sewing Kits, Thimbles, and More
  • Temari Nado -Pretty, Playful, and Fun

Inside Cover Information

Do you love the simple elegance of Japanese fashions and accessories crafted from fabric? Kokoro no Te -translated from Japanese to mean Handmade from the Heart- invites you to create an exquisite collection of totes, fashion pins, party tokens, and other delightful small crafts. Kimiko Sudo combines surprisingly simple sewing techniques with gorgeous color and fabrics. There are beautiful purses and keepsake pouches made from silks, cottons, and soft felts, and decorated with pretty beading or Japanese-style embroidery. Or make one of Sudo’s irresistible sewing accessories -thimbles, needle caches, and pincushions with a difference. There are even intricately designed Japanese temari balls and a pretty, doll-size kimono.

  • All projects showcased in gorgeous color photos
  • Hundreds of step-by-step drawings
  • Accurate instructions and easy-cut templates

Beautifully photographed with new treasures on every page. Kokoro no Te will give you endless ideas of projects to make as gifts – or for your own pleasure.

About the Author: Kumiko Sudo is an internationally acclaimed quilt and fiber artist. Before moving to the United States in 1985, she was known by quilters and fiber artists throughout Japan for her books and was a popular presenter on Japanese national television. Today Ms. 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. Her books, including Flower Origami, Folded Flowers, Omiyage, Fabled Flowers, and East Quilts West, have inspired quilters and artist around the world. Ms. Sudo lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Makoki: Preface
1 Tidy Tote 75
Shuhoh-No-Shokai: A Guide to Technique 3 Ivy Pocket 79
Saifu: Purses, Totes, and Keepsakes Persimmon Pincushion 82
Bird of Paradise 17 Heian Pin-Pin 85
Tomato Cache 23 Thimbles! 89
Camellia Cozy 27 Mallow Rose 93
Posy Wristlet 31 Cherry Booklet 97
Evening Elegance 35 Temari-Iroiro: Pretty, Playful, and Fun
Wisteria Pochette 39 Sakura 104
Kara Lily Caddy 43 Rose 108
Apple Pocket 47 Kiku 110
Mune-Kazari: Japan-Chic Fashion Pins Miniature Kimono 113
Honeysuckle 53 Otedama 119
Brilliance 57 Fishie Pouch 121
Acorn 61 Dragonfly Cache 125
Pansy 65 Aloha 129
Windmill 69 Cicada 133
Saihoh-Yohgu: Sewing Kits, Pin Totes, Thimbles and More Kata-Ita: Templates 136


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