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japanese craft book

I have been coveting Japanese craft books for months, and trying to decide which of the books at Crafting Japanese. I like best. There’s something about the Japanese designs that really appeals to me. I finally saw the one craft book that I couldn’t resist – those ducks on the front cover are so cute! I bought it from a Japanese seller on eBay but found out later when I had the book and the ISBN that it’s also available (more cheaply) from

The book seems to be called “chirimen shugei” which I believe means “chirimen handicrafts”. Chirimen is the type of textured fabric that the patterns use – anyone know where I can find some? In Canada especially?

The patterns are a mix of lovely bags, Japanese dolls, and cute animals and fruit with little pouches inside. The book comes with a pullout of full-size paper patterns.

ISBN 4140311002

Front cover

Back cover

Sample page

It all looks so lovely! I can’t wait to get started making something from the book. I just need to find some suitable fabric.


  1. Dalia said

    Uau! What beautiful book! Love the ducks!!! I’m also a great fun of japanese craftbooks! A few months ago i went to France for a visit and i can’t resist to buy some in a japanese bookstore!!! The bookstore was amazing! Full of craft books!! My budget for the holidays was bye-bye! :o)

    I will put the covers in by blog soon…

    By the wey, great blog!

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