Books. I love ’em. For me, the glow of words on a screen are never as appealing as paper and ink.
Craft books are especially appealing because they can be annotated and introduce me to new ideas. And two craft related books have recently joined my bookshelf: The Illustrated Guide To Home Needlecrafts (a charity shop purchase) and Tomoko Nakamichi’s Pattern Magic 2.
The former is an indepth guide to knitting, crochet, dressmaking and homeware sewing. Published in the 80s, there’s much more detail than contemporary craft books. If I ever have the urge to make an accordion-pleated lampshade this is the book I’ll refer to.
The latter is where dressmaking crosses over into wearable art. A lot of the structural forms might not translate into everyday wear – could you imagine running for the bus while wearing an oval cocoon? – but I’m excited to discover my ability to transform a flat piece of a fabric into a 3D form. I first read about the Japanese version of these books on sewing blog Iro Iro, but they’re now available in English translation from Laurence King Publishing.
Hopefully I’ll soon have some completed projects, inspired by both books, to show you.