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Zakka Style: 24 Projects Stitched with Ease to Give, Use & Enjoy [Paperback]

Rashida Coleman-Hale
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Dec 16 2011 Design Collective
Rashida Coleman-Hale has gathered talented designers from around the world to bring you 24 delightful Zakka projects. Zakka, a Japanese term meaning “many things,” is all about all the little things that improve your home and appearance. Create a one-of-a-kind picture frame, a stylish bread bag, a whimsical bookmark, a chic tote, and so much more. You’ll love these bright, imaginative designs—make them for yourself and everyone you know!

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If Scandinavian design doesn't appeal, perhaps you'll find this collection of projects in Japanese style more enticing. he term "zakka" has been loosely translated to mean "miscellaneous goods" or "sundries", but in the craft world it has become synonymous with a kind of simle charm and uniqueness - somethng handmade that is useful and pleasing. 24 designers have each contributed a project, and they include a pincushion, pencil case, mug rug, messenger bag, pot holder, bookmark, coin purse and pillowcase. The instructions seem quite detailed and they're illustrated with diagrams and close-up photographs, as required. This book is another wonderul source for gift ideas and sweet little kinck-knacks to make "just because".
--Australian Homespun Magazine; 09/20/12



Zakka, a Japanese term meaning "many things" or "miscellaneous goods," has evolved into a universal design style that embodies simple charm and a homemade aesthetic. This book showcases projects by fiber artists from around the globe who share this zakka style. The 24 projects comprise bags and totes in a variety of shapes and sizes as well as simple and sweet items like a pencil case, sewing kit, pincushion, patchwork ribbon, and picture frames.
Coleman-Hale, who also writes the blog "I Heart Linen," demonstrates her affection for linen and the role it plays in Zakka Style: all the projects incorporate the natural fabric and exude an organic, homemade feel true to zakka
--Christine French, International Quilt Festival Magazine - Quilt Scene, Winter 2012/2013

About the Author

Rashida Coleman-Hale studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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My friend purchased this book and brought it over to me for a peek - even though she's only a few blocks away, I put this on my wish list so I can have my own copy :)

I've sewn for a long time so I didn't study the actual instructions provided. I was mainly interested in what kind of projects were presented, and whether they appeared to be simple enough for the average everyday sewist - i.e. - me :) I didn't see anything that made me think ... hmmmmmm "I" couldn't do THAT! I did see a few that had me antsy to try learning a new technique (the Zip Organizer with it's new-to-me zipper installation, and the Sugar Cookie Sack with it's felt cookies) and one project (the House Pouch) that made me run to my email to tell my friend that we have to get together to make one PRONTO, lol. The Elephant Bookmarks are REALLY creative, and the linen bags are seriously cute.

Most of the projects are made with linen and other fabrics and embellishments - very simple and elegant, and could easily be personalized with your own favourite techniques (i.e. crochet, cross-stitch, lace, stamping, weaving etc.). Most, if not all, would make lovely gifts for friends and family. The projects are well photographed - that's always a big help for people who are visual crafters :) Most of projects require only basic supplies, although the Messenger Bag does need some specific hardware that might not be in everybody's sewing basket. Some of the patterns need to be enlarged, which can be a problem if you don't have easy access to a photocopier or copy store.

This is the kind of book I like - full of photographs and pretty new-to-me designs that would be fairly simple and fun to make, and for which I wouldn't have to spend an arm and a leg on supplies. Now - where did I put my stash of linen and rick rack? :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trendy Jan. 11 2013
By Tabatha
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This book went viral in the quilting community with sew-alongs but it was soon discovered that some of the directions and measurements in the book were incorrect and some of the projects weren't so easy to make.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! And this lady! Dec 29 2012
By tara
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Simple, lovely and functional projects that are Zakka style inspired. The photos are great, the projects are simple and fun. The mix of plain linen fabrics and bright fun prints make these projects great. I've made many of the projects and hope to work my way through the whole book.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Style Dec 19 2011
By Stacey M Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Big style in a small package! 24 projects fill the pages -- from totes to potholders, quilts to coasters, sewing cases to frames -- you'll find a ton of inspirtion. Common items are elevated to art form! My favorite project is the nesting boxes: cute storage plus this one would make a great gift. The projects are adaptable and fun. As a bonus, there lots of stash-busting projects. Lots of bang for the buck!
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and Easy Jan. 13 2012
By cpeep - Published on Amazon.com
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Author Rashida Coleman-Hale explains that the Japanese term zakka has been loosely translated to mean "miscellaneous goods," "many things," or "sundries." Something with simple charm. Something handmade that is useful yet pleasing.

In Zakka Style, Coleman-Hale showcases 24 projects from as many designers. Despite the many hands that worked on the book, the overall look of the collection is coherent and visually pleasing. There is a consistency of fabric choice and design aesthetic that flows from one page to the next.

This book is built for browsing. There is no index and the table of contents is spartan--just each project title and the name of the designer.

The projects seem easy enough for anyone with basic sewing skills, although I may not be the best judge of this as I have been sewing since Nixon was in the Oval Office! My personal favorites are those that incorporated patchwork. I especially love the Itty Bitty Quilt Block Magnets, Sweet Memories Picture Frame and oh, those fabric Nesting Boxes!

Many could be completed in a short block of time. All are attractive enough to give as a little (or not so little) present. Instructions are clear and well organized with supply list, cutting directions and assembly directions. Photographs and illustrations are numerous and well chosen. Full size patterns are at the back of the book.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book Dec 25 2011
By Sue M. Isaacs - Published on Amazon.com
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A fabulous book! I pre ordered and was not expecting to receive it until February (living down under has drawbacks)however it arrived in time to bring on holiday, the time I get to sew the most. I am keen to try many of the projects, though I may not always include linen in them. The book is beautifully illustrated with lots of diagrams. I have started to make the tote, and whilst triangles are not my favourite patchwork pursuit, the instructions and digrams are a huge help. I have lots of craft books and I may not make all the items but it is a book that I will enjoy browsing for many years to come and a book I will gain inspiration from.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute little book for moderate level sewing March 6 2012
By T. Janellee Etheridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is very modern and the projects are cute and fun. While most of the projects are good for beginners there are a few that would require advanced sewing skills. If you buy this book be ready to look a few things up on the computer to understand what they mean. I am a beginner and I found the directions lacking in a few areas. Even so....I love beautiful books and I love crafts so, it was well worth the challenge. LOVE the pocket hand warmers with the little faces...that one is easy too!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sewing book COMPILED BY Rashida Coleman Feb. 29 2012
By Nicole Maki - Published on Amazon.com
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Rashida Coleman-Hale's first book, I Love Patchwork: 21 Irresistible Zakka Projects to Sew is a favorite of mine and her palette pin cushion is one of my most used and prized sewing items.

So when her new book came out I was hitting refresh four times a day at the library website hoping to see it arrive. Well, it never did so I bought it, sight unseen, brewed myself a cup of tea and settled in to devour it thoroughly. My first reaction was shock and disappointment as the book is compiled by Rashida, the projects are not hers. Once I stopped freaking out I calmed down enough to realize that this is a GREAT book full of the sort of things you would expect this author to associate her name and reputation with.

The projects all have an abundance of zakka style and pair natural linen with funky modern, bright fabrics. They run the gamut from coasters to quilts with a lot of interesting additions like a bread carrying bag and hand warmers. While none of the projects vary too much from things I've seen before - I read a lot of books featuring this style - I love having so many high-quality instructions in one place and I can easily image making several of the patterns this spring. For me, that's the sign of a very good book.

I'd class this intermediate or very motivated beginner level. I know several of the projects look a little daunting for me to try with my current skill set.
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