June 2, 2009

Free Stuff I love: Help with Japanese Crafting

So, you love Japanese craft books too?  When you see a page like this, it can be a little daunting (although with such great pictures there is really no need to fear):

I've recently stumbled upon some great advice and helpful websites that might make crafting in Japanese just a little bit easier:

  • First up Kuky from label free has a lovely series on working with Japanese sewing patterns, including posts on where to start, commonly used words, understanding patterns, sewing, cutting and sizing info.

  • And also a lovely list of Japanese sewing terms from Moving Hands

  • Sarai from Sweet Sassafras has a post about how to buy Japanese Craft Books.  Have a read for some useful links there.

  • And if you're stuck on a website, there are always Google Language Tools to help you on your way (although didn't do me much good on Monday!)

Once you've made your lovely Japanese item, upload it to the Japanese crafting pool on flickr or be inspired by others there!

And this help is all for free, so thank you to these sites for helping us on our crafting way!

[all images from original linked sources except first image]


  1. What an extremely useful post! Thank you so much for this!

  2. What a fantastic post! Thanks Gret!!

  3. NIce post about using Japanese patterns. Glad my page could be of some help. There can be trial and error, but it does get easier. Have fun sewing!


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