英文版 ふろしきラッピング - Gift Wrapping with Textiles (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/2/17
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In Japanese culture, it is customary to put as much care into the wrapping of a gift as into choosing the gift itself. The way a gift is wrapped and the material in which it is presented are considered expressions of the giver’s feeling toward the recipient. Now, using techniques that have been part of Japanese tradition for generations, Chizuko Morita offers readers innovative and unique ideas for using the Japanese art of wrapping with cloth in very contemporary ways. In a matter of minutes, a swatch of cloth known as a furoshiki can be fashioned into an elegant wrapping for a CD, a book, a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates, even a soccer ball. And unlike paper gift wrap, if you get it wrong the first time, you can just undo the knots and start again.
Not only are the wraps fool-proof, they rely on only three basic knots.
• Stunningly original wrapping ideas
• Gift-wraps for wine, books, CDs, pictures, posters, balls, and boxed items of all sizes
• Based on techniques that have their roots in centuries-old Japanese traditions of wrapping for gift-giving
• Additional ideas to freshen up everyday items such as pillows, baskets, and more
• New thoughts for decorating the breakfast and dinner table
• Add an elegant touch to flowerpots, planters, or a bouquet of flowers
• Make an instant magazine "rack" or knapsack
I compared this book to "Wrapagami: The Art of Fabric Gift Wraps" by Jennifer Playford. I picked these two books to compare based on the current reviews. In comparison:
-Both books have a lot of ideas for wrapping different packages. Aside from wrapping standard packages, this book has more ideas on different types of knots to tie, as well as wrapping cloth around packages to look like animals. ...this wasn't for me. Wrapagami seemed to have more sophisticated wrapping ideas. I could care less about tying a faux rose or to make a wrap look like a goose or puppy. Not my style. But, maybe that's for you?
-Someone mentioned that the images in this book are small and printed in black and white. Yes, they are...my 24-year old eyes were squinting and unhappy. Wrapagami, on the other hand, had larger images printed in color. I also think the directions given in Wrapagami are clearer -- even though they are much more succinct.
-Wrapagami also gave ideas of what to wrap what way, and what type of fabric to use based on the object and the occasion. I consider myself to be a fairly creative person but since I'm just learning furoshiki I like the fact that these ideas are presented -- it might help make learning the craft easier and more enjoyable, as I will be making fewer "beginner blunders." This book did not have those ideas -- or if it did, it wasn't obvious where they were!
Thus, my final conclusion: This book isn't bad by any means, but I think Wrapagami is far superior. Wrapagami has clearer, succinct directions, more modern, sophisticated wrapping designs (which better suits my tastes), and helpful hints that aren't included in this book. It is for that reason that I'm returning this book to Amazon -- I feel like I simply found something better.
Happy shopping! Happy furoshiki!
And I confess that even if I don't actually use this book to wrap gifts (tho darnit I intend to!) it's a fun and different way to use the unusual fabric in my quilting stash. The 30-40 wrapping designs illustrated made me say, "Oh COOL!" several times. Traditionally, however, the Japanese wrapping is done using furoshiki "bundling cloth" which appears to be a heavier-weight cotton that doesn't have an obvious "right side" and "wrong side," or sometimes lightweight rayon or silk. That's fine, but I don't have those on-hand, which means my bright idea of using fat quarters from my quilting stash won't always work. I'm not troubled by this -- in fact, I'm planning a trip to the closeout counter at the local craft-and-sewing store just to get "try it out" pieces -- but you might want to know about the fabric requirements ahead of time.
As you can tell, I'm cheerfully impressed by this book. The results are so pretty! And the instructions are straightforward and easy-to-follow, even for me (I am easily confused by such things). Most of the how-to illustrations show 4-6 steps, and they cover everything from wrapping a CD (you'll need a 20" square of fabric) to a "carnation wrap" for a small book (that requires two pieces of rayon crepe, 18" square) to wine-bottle covers to the adorable "perky puppy dog wrap" suitable for a coffee mug. Nor is this only for giving stuff away; the author includes instructions for such prosaic items as a tissue-box cover or a trash basket cover.
What a fun, creative book. Recommended.
I use this book and others when I present to retirement and women's groups about the Green Life. The pictures invite perusal, but i find i must still teach with hands-on practice.