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Jan 13, 2012

Zakka Style (Book Review)

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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!
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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.
Zakka Style: 24 Projects Stitched with Ease to Give, Use & Enjoy by Rashida Coleman-Hale. C&T Publishing. 128 pages. ISBN:1607054167
Disclosure: I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book from the publisher.
Project image courtesy of i heart linen.
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