Carry Me (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/11/1
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Highlighting the extraordinary influence Japanese craft has imparted on the world of fiber arts, this brilliantly illustrated manual showcases the stylish sensibilities of eastern expertise in creating gorgeously sophisticated handbags. Revealing a balanced selection of cleverly constructed handbags, exclusive pull-out pattern templates, intricate details and instructions, and simple sewing techniques, sewers are shown how to create distinct and fashionable works of functional art, such as a wool tweed travel bag, a stylish denim bag with grommet and zipper details, a roomy tote with contrast lining and inside pockets, a handy laptop bag, a wool messenger bag with flower detail, and a soft luggage tote. With several concepts offering matching companion projects--such as change purses, drawstring bags, and wristlets--and accessible advice and information, this lively guide will inspire sewers of all experience levels.
I love the Japanese style, so this is a favourite book for me. The bags are contemporary with some designs and ideas I have not seen elsewhere. If you did not know, you would not immediately think Japanese, there is no sashiko, Japanese fabrics or style in much evidence, yet this is a classic book. Some patterns are included, the other bags are made by measurement alone. You might need to read the instructions more than once. Highly finished techniques for the dedicated bag maker.-KarenPlatt.co.uk商品の説明をすべて表示する
1) It is a Japanese translation, and I am always thrilled to have the chance to be exposed to eastern craft books
2) The wide range of fabrics uses: Tweed, denim, linen, flannel, even Kimono silks
3) The pleasing array of unstructured and structured bags
One bag in particular (the #06 Business Class Laptop Bag) turned this book into a must-have for me. Its exterior is made smoothly elegant and sleekly chic by a humble patchwork reminiscent of basket weaving. While basic in construction, it is by no means basic in impact.
Although not a beginner-book on bags, this book should still appeal to all levels of bag makers. You will appreciate how simple details like rivets and studs, a single perfect pleat, or a tweed-covered button can add big style. Ample pattern illustrations, while rather small, provide sufficient information for each bag. You can learn how seemingly unstructured bags have their own unique architecture. From bag lining to zipper-pulls, every detail can make your own bag extraordinary.
Also, Ms. Koshizen supplies very helpful "About The Fabric" notes for each project, so even novice sewers can begin to appreciate clever applications for different types of fabric. The #01 Winter Tweed Boston Bag made me think of recycling material from some old winter coats I have in the attic.
The author writes that "Meeting a fabric is fate". It is a treat to have her book show us how the perfect fabric can speak a universal language to a crafter. She sells her bags professionally in Japan, and has a website which, though not in English, provides that "something more" the reader will be craving. And I do hope we will be treated to more books in the near future.
This book is not for the faint of heart and only for an experienced sewist. The first half of the book is set up to feature pairs of matching handmade handbags and their unique features. They are, in my opinion, truly beautiful and very eye-catching with beautiful lines. The author has a very artful approach and a very professional and clean hand. It left me thinking that I could never buy anything like it -- which to me is the whole point of why I like making my own!
The second half then presents the patterns and the directions, which are not particularly detailed, in my opinion. But this book does not pretend to be for novice bag makers and no book can be for everybody. The book uses some interesting and beautiful fabrics, which the photography manages to capture nicely.
The instructions are not very detailed, and although the techniques are fairly simple, I would not recommend this to someone with little sewing experience. Much of the instructions are explained through line drawings instead of text (the text of the book is *very* sparse), and these drawings seem to assume that you know the basics of how a bag goes together. The introduction walks you through this, briefly, and it is sufficient for someone who has experience with sewing.