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Embrace a simpler approach to stitching with bold one- and two-color embroidery motifs Zakka Embroidery presents designs that are an elegant blend of Japanese and Scandinavian style. The motifs and patterns are spare and graphic, yet softened with organic shapes and imagery drawn from nature. The result is embroidery that evokes a personal feel and conjures a sense of nosEmbrace a simpler approach to stitching with bold one- and two-color embroidery motifs Zakka Embroidery presents designs that are an elegant blend of Japanese and Scandinavian style. The motifs and patterns are spare and graphic, yet softened with organic shapes and imagery drawn from nature. The result is embroidery that evokes a personal feel and conjures a sense of nostalgia. The task of picking just the right palette for an embroidery project can be overwhelming to beginners and experienced stitchers alike. But when you take away that challenge, a whole world of texture and style becomes available. Here Japanese designer Yumiko Higuchi presents embroidery motifs to be stitched using just one or two colors--creating patterns and designs that are more evocative for their form than for a play of colors. Each embroidery design is paired with a simple craft project, transforming the stitched fabric into a functional object, including pouches, pillows, aprons, and more. With beautiful photographs, clear step-by-step instructions, and detailed diagrams, Zakka Embroidery will be an inspiring guide for those new to embroidery and a delightful experience for those experienced with needle and thread....

Title : Zakka Embroidery: Simple One- and Two-Color Embroidery Motifs and Small Crafts
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ISBN : 9781611803105
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Zakka Embroidery: Simple One- and Two-Color Embroidery Motifs and Small Crafts Reviews

  • Scrapsandsass
    2018-12-28 18:39

    This is a book filled with designs that are examples of stunning simplicity. The first section is filled with monochrome projects. The line design is creative and filled with so much style. The second part of the book is multi-colored designs. Again, the combination of design and color is really stunning and eye-catching. There is really something for everyone. The rest of the book is filled with templates, instructions, and patterns that make it look easy enough for beginning embroiderers, but still creative enough for the more-skilled makers. As I flipped through the projects, I found myself flipping faster and faster to see all of the wonderful designs/projects. I was torn because I wanted to savor every image and plan how I'd tackle each project (and who I'd give the gifts to), but on the other hand, I wanted to get to the end of the book so I could drop everything and immediately start.This is a book I will use over and over. I can already imagine so many projects coming from between these pages.

  • Nissa
    2019-01-04 14:42

    This book is just truly inspiring and incredible. The instant I opened it, I fell in love. She features her lovely and elegant embroidery patterns in projects that are both contemporary and classic, and I marveled at the perfect pairings throughout. Yumiko Higuchi's gorgeously photographed collection features a variety of patterns for the home, kitchen, handbags, and clothing, for both children and adults. Definitely makes me want to pick up a needle and get started. For the novice embroiderer, there are excellent and detailed instructions included for how to embroider, how to create all the stitches, how to keep your work neat, and how to prepare fabric. The expert embroiderer is sure to find inspiration in both the embroidery patterns and the ideas for their use. Highly recommended!!

  • Rachel
    2019-01-18 12:40

    An advanced copy of this book was provided to me through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This gorgeous book is right up my alley. As a knitter, spinner, dyer, and formerly an avid sewist, I am always interested in other fiber and needle crafts. I've been drawn to single color embroidery lately and Yumiko Higuchi's designs and inspirational pictures make it easy to find a jumping in point. I can easily see myself using some of these designs on future knitting projects or to embellish kitchen towels, headbands, etc. The instructions are fairly straightforward, especially if you've done any kind of sewing. The thicker lines of the designs make it easy to trace the pattern using a thin paper and then use transfer paper (aka chalk paper) on to your fabric.

  • Denise
    2018-12-23 10:17

    Zakka Embroidery shares simple one-and-two color embroidery Motifs that are simply elegant! Taking the patterns from nature, the author provides instructions to craft easy-to-make gifts for adults and children that should please everyone. I hope to be one of the first to purchase a personal copy and then, maybe one for the library, too. Thanks to Netgalley and Roost Books for providing this proof.

  • Amanda Rogozinski
    2018-12-31 18:26

    Like others have already said, this book is a keeper for its beautifully artistic designs. As I easily feel cluttered, designs that use simplicity to showcase color combinations and subtleties of shape are a breath of fresh air. Higuchi's style allows one design to be the center point so that it can be fully appreciated, which is a nice contrast to the type of embroidery designs I usually see in craft stores. I found these patterns easy to replicate (and cheap!) despite being a beginner. It was also obvious that my first attempt did not live up to the pictures, but they were inspiring enough to keep me going and I quickly noticed improvement. There are only 8 types of stitches used in this book, which contributed to ease of learning. I thought the repetition of the same stitch over and over in a pattern quite lovely.All of the small sewing projects that showcase these patterns were things I would make to gift or use. One thing I greatly appreciate is that each pattern is made up of several smaller pieces. That way you can choose how much time you want to spend embroidering and do, say, one flower or a whole collection. They are also easily replicated on household items you would like to personalize (tea towel, canvas shoes, tote ect.), even if you don't want to do the small sewing projects.For a full review and pictures visit The Willow Nook!*Review copy courtesy of Roost Books*

  • Tracy Shephard
    2018-12-30 16:37

    I love how serenity just leaps from the pages of this wonderful book.Set in two parts, the first for one color embroidery and the second for two color embroidery, the projects are far from what you might think boring.These rather effective and beautiful projects from flowers and insects to sailboats and birds, brighten up any garment or bag.Yumiko is amazing at what she does and her book is filled with ideas. Along with a stitch guide, patterns and templates, this is a book that I think every stitcher will love.It will be inspirational for beginners and a perfect gift for advanced level sewists.It is a cute size book with 191 pages of color pictures just crying out to be brought to life. These simple and gorgeous designs will keep me a happy crafter for a long time.

  • Richelle
    2019-01-12 12:31

    An adorable little book, and I do mean literally, it's a pleasure to hold and skim through. I loved the idea of single and two color embroidery but I felt like the book is too rooted in the zakka, cute Japanese aesthetic. Single color embroidery could be very impactful and I suppose I was missing what could be done in arenas other than collars and pinafores, projects I'll never replicate. While I appreciate the projects and patterns found here, none of them were something I'd ever try or use.

  • Natalia h
    2019-01-20 18:43

    I loved this book. Not only are the designs very appealing, they're also easy to do, simply explained and wonderfully created. I cannot wait to try a few.

  • Yofi Abu
    2019-01-06 10:27

    Lovely little book. Has the how-to info, but focuses on the inspirational pictures.

  • Lafrog8
    2019-01-02 14:42

    Loved that book - the design looks cute and modern and not impossible to achieve - definitely need to borrow again so that I can have a go at some of the motifs.

  • Cyndi
    2019-01-10 17:45

    I was afraid this book was going to be all "Japanese cute" but many of the designs are taken from nature and they are all rather wonderful in their simplicity.

  • Jo
    2019-01-01 18:45

    Fantastic resource with gorgeous designs and thorough, easy to follow instructions.

  • Nezka
    2019-01-06 12:21

    Simple and beautifully designed motifs

  • Elizabeth Grieve
    2018-12-21 10:37

    A lovely book of designs which are simple, modern and stylish. There are many projects, showing the use of embroidered motifs on different types of crafts such as clothing, bags, homewares and much more. I must say I had never heard the term 'Zakka' before, but nevertheless this book is well worth a look for anyone interested in textile and needlecrafts. Ideal for both beginner and more advanced stitchers, there are easy step by step instructions and templates to follow.An advance copy was provided by the publisher in return for a review.

  • Selby Gunter
    2018-12-25 16:27

    Zakka Embroidery is a great little book absolutely bursting with cute yet fairly easy designs. This is a great book for beginner embroidery enthusiasts. See my complete review, including photos and a sample project on my craft blog Wavoki Crafts.

  • ❇Critterbee
    2019-01-16 16:38

    Extensive collection of adorable, elegant patterns for flowers, snowflakes, trees, animals and other designs. The work is beautiful, and the patterns (at the back of the book) are complete and very well written. A section explaining how to do other stitches is included as well. This is a inspirational book for any level of embroiderer, and compares favorably to other embroidery how to books that I have read. **eARC Netgalley**

  • Amber
    2018-12-23 10:38

    This was lovely.