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Zakka Sewing: 25 Japanese Projects for the Household

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The phrase “Made in Japan” once conjured images of assembly-line production, but now it connotes well-made products that are unique and ingeniously designed—sometimes elegant, sometimes cute, always charming. And none are more charming than the graceful, functional, sewn objects called zakka.

In Japanese, zakka means “household goods,” referring specifically to hand-sewn items for domestic use—tableware, kitchenware, containers of various kinds, even simple clothing. Therese Laskey and Chika Mori were enchanted by the many clever pieces they saw online but disappointed that directions and patterns were solely in Japanese. They knew they had to put together an authentic zakka book for English-speaking crafters.

To do so, the authors enlisted the help of some of the best zakka makers in Japan to create 25 projects ranging from utterly simple (an appliquéd pot holder, flower-shaped coasters) to ambitious (a house-shaped camera cozy, an adorable pair of comfy padded slippers). Each project includes easy-to-follow instructions and how-to illustrations. The lovely photos of finished pieces were taken by New York–based Japanese photographer Yoko Inoue.

About the Author

Therese Laskey, a marketing consultant for such companies as Disney, Scholastic, and Nickelodeon, is author of Softies and the upcoming Softies Kit. See

Chika Mori is an illustrator/designer for Warner Bros. and creates original softies sold at Anthropologie, museum stores, and online retailers. (See

Yoko Inoue is a New York–based photographer whose clients include Domino, Readymade, and Martha Stewart Living magazines.

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cherylsedlar, October 31, 2008 (view all comments by cherylsedlar)
I enjoy crafting. I find family and friends especially enjoy receiving a gift they know I have made since they know I have them in mind when I am making their "something special/useful" item. I book like this will definitely help me get ideas and create unique items, while making others happy. Looks like a "win/win" situation to me!
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25 Japanese Projects for the Household
Therese Laskey and Chika Mori
Inoue, Yoko
Mori, Chika
Laskey, Therese
Inoue, Yoko
Stewart, Tabori and Chang
Decoration and ornament
Decorating - General
Decoration and ornament -- Japan.
Sewing - Japan
Crafts - Sewing
Edition Description:
Trade Paper with Dust Jacket
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
50 color photos
9.20x7.82x.59 in. 1.36 lbs.
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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