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Sunday
May022010

isbn 9784579111183 nordic knitting-ten fabulous techniques, japanese craft book

this book is in japanese and english, and shows 10 knitting techniques from nordic countries: finland, denmark, sweden, estonia, and norway.

the techniques are: kornas tapestry crochet and fur tape from finalnd, domino knitting from denmark, i cord, naverstickning from sweden (which is similar to entrelac in europe and america, and ajiro ani in japan), estonia kihnu vits, estonian spiral, a crown from norway, tubular stitch, bead knitting.

the basic directions for each project are given in both japanese and english, as well as very clear step by step photos.

flickr set here

Tuesday
Mar032009

isbn 9784309281117 scandinavian felt

this book combines scandinavian style with japanese cuteness.

it has all kinds of projects from large to small, needle-felted to wetfelted to some that include sewing/embroidery.

there are functional bags, pouches, slippers, even a braided felted rug.

tea cozies, leaf coasters, pincushions, and wee potholder mittens with sheep.

also decorative figures, animals (elk, european red squirrel, polar bear, seagull, hedgehog, bear, seal), cell phone charms, egg ornaments, needlefelted santa, and a dalahast (red horse on the cover).

accessories too--corsages and felt jewelry.

some projects include a beautiful combination of a wetfelted item with needle felted pattern, like the scandinavian flag coin purses.

all written instructions are japanese, however there are many clear diagrams and step by step photos, and many projects use the same process.

67 pages.

flickr set here.