Maitreya at Craftlog has created a very cool site, she’s kindly offered to catalogue Japanese craft books and finished projects from them! I’ve recently completed a couple of projects from a couple of books. The first was part of my back-tack ensemble.
Book is called Tiny Patchworks, ISBN 4529040178, great book.
This softie is actually the design from the cover of an Aranzi book (ISBN 4579109783), if you can believe it! Something’s not quite right with the head I ended up with square edges. However, I made this in just under an hour on Saturday, when I remembered I was off to a baby bath (shower) and had nothing organised! (I should have listened to the nagging voice in my head last week). It was very easy to make if a little fiddly and using flannel made it a little trickier, next time I’d use iron on interfacing to help with fraying edges. The eyes are vintage buttons, with hindsight maybe not the wisest choice for a little person. I reckon he was a success as most of the people there were saying how unusual and scary he was! Funny. Compared to the store bought softies I think he held his own well. The flannel is from one of Amy Butler’s range and is lovely and soft.