For as long as I have been sewing I have been a HUGE fan of Atsuko Matsuyama, both her fabrics and her books. So when I heard she was releasing a new book that had been translated into English I couldn’t wait to order it. I did feel a little naughty ordering myself a treat so close to Christmas but I honestly could not wait! I figured there maybe some Christmas gift ideas in it that I could make to gift and therefore technically it counted towards my own Christmas shopping, do you like my reasoning!? ;)
I ordered my book from Rose Garden Patchwork which is my go to place for cute Japanese fabrics, zips and notions. It is so hard to find cute Japanese prints from the likes of Kokka and Atsuko in the UK so I am so happy we have Lisa!
Somehow rather than ripping it open the moment it hit the doormat I waited until everyone was out at pre-school and work before I opened it, I wanted to savour it in peace! I made myself a cup of tea and sat in glorious silence while I opened it. Oh what a treat for the eyes it was! The beautiful projects just kept coming and coming, each page I oohed and aahed and mentally added each one to my “I must make this” list.
I’d thought I’d share a few pages with you if you’re undecided, I’m pretty certain after you see this preview you’ll be wanting one for yourself!
This floral bag is my favourite in the book! It is absolutely gorgeous and my terrible photo of this beautiful photo does not do it justice!! I really need to practice my needle-turn applique though!
I love these pouches and they have Atsuko’s stamp all over it. Perfectly pretty Japanese!
I’ve been pondering making some round pouches, I love how fun they look although I can imagine a little tricky. Needless to say these are definitely on my to make list!
There is something so iconically sweet about Sun Bonnet Sue and this sweet mini depicts it perfectly. I am definitely going to have to do this one, although again I will need to brush up on my needle-turn! You could even do just one Sue and turn it into a little pouch or something – that’s what I am thinking anyway!
So that is all the preivew I will share, purely because I don’t want to spoil it for you. Flipping through this book for the first time is a real treat and one that shouldn’t be done with too many spoilers!
I’m off to practice some more needle-turn and Yo-yos, why are my seams not folding in!?? Any tips please let me know!