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felt cafe japan benefit

i'm still feeling a bit overwelmed. by the situation in japan. and a bit helpless right now, but with a desire to help. i am sure that these feelings are shared by many. 

one thing that has happened and will continue to happen is that i won't be posting here quite as often. i will get back to writing about other crafty japanese things, i promise. just not right away. thanks for understanding.

for now, i've but a few things in my etsy shop, and 100% of the sale will be donated.

including the red felt ninja above,

i more simple felt ball charm,


and some fabric with traditional japanese family crests.


i feels good to go back to making felt with my own hands, in support of something i care so much about.

please stop by, you might need a wee felt ninja of your own....



isbn 4579111834 nani iro sewing book 2009

this lovely book is full of sewing projects that use fabrics from the nani iro spring 09 collection.  nani iro fabrics are designed by naomi iro and produced by kokka.

the projects are mainly dresses and shirts, with a few bags and purses. there are patterns for women and girls, with cute coordinating fabric.

there's a flickr set here.


esaka 江坂

esaka 江坂 (えさか) is in area north of umeda, on the midosuji subway line. esaka is home to perhaps the best fabric store in osaka (that i know of) otsukaya. there is also a small tokyu hands, a kawachi stationary/ art supply shop, and uniqlo nearby, so it's a convenient area for shopping for fabric and crafts.


〒564-0051 大阪府吹田市豊津町13−38

closed on wednesdays (except if it's a holiday, generally). cash only.

otsukaya website (in japanese):

the 3rd picture from the top on the right side is the osaka, esaka store 大阪江坂

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directions for how to get there:

take exit #4 from esaka subway station on the midosuji line.

after walking down these stairs, turn right and cross the brick paved plaza.


continue walking basically foward, across the street and down this street between the pachinko parlour and the shabu shabu restaurant.

it's several blocks.

on the left side of the street.

with a red awning.


tokyu hands/kawachi

the tokyu hands is very close to the station as well. to get there, just leave the same exit, and walk down the stairs and walk straight ahead. it's in a building on the right. the kawachi art supply is also in the same building on the ground floor.

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isbn 4309280110 tenugui guide 手ぬぐい案内

tenugui guide: cute, fun, new, welcome to 'the world of tenugui'

this is a sweet little guide to tenugi towels made by many differnent designers and companie. it includes photos of the towel's designs, as well as projects you can make using the towels, and ingenious ways to use and fold them. there is also a guide to shops the sell tenugui towels, with their address and websites. all text is in japanese, but you can thuroughly enjoy this book through the pictures.

pages with designs grouped by color.

a map showing the famous tenugui shop kamawanu in daikanyama, tokyo, and other shops nearby.

projects using tenugui

index of tenugui shops

index of tenugui shops


isbn 9784309280530 tenugui towels of kamawanu かまわぬの手ぬぐい使い方手帖 

kamawanu no tenugui tsukaikata techo かまわぬの手ぬぐい使い方手帖  'tenugui towels of kamawanu, how to use them, a pocket guide'

kamawanu is a very popular company that makes tenugui towels using the traditional pattern from the edo period. their main store is in the daikanyama area of tokyo, and well worth a visit if you ever have the chance.

this book showcases the edo-era designs and patterns that kamawanu prints on their tenugui. it also has ways of using and folding the tenugui, and craft projects you can make from tenugui.