I may not have made much progress with my 2016 Craft Plans yet but that didn’t stop me picking up some new projects at Yuzawaya while I was in Japan.
I don’t feel bad about it since on previous trips I would come home with a big stack of fabric. I was incredibly restrained this time and only bought one remnant piece (the green flowers). There was a tons of adorable kawaii fabric that I somehow resisted, probably because I know my fabric drawer only just closes and I should use some of that first. Anyway, here’s what I did buy.
How cute is this? I’ve lost my pincushion somewhere so I was on the lookout for a cute one and found an adorable bunny-themed cross stitch kit. I’ve already been working on it and enjoying it a lot – I should have some finished photos to show you in the next couple of weeks. I thought these would be easy to find online, but no-one seems to be selling them. Anyone living in Japan – here is a gap in the market for you.
Sashiko has been top of my crafts to try list for a while now so I was pleased to find lots of patterns and kits. I liked this bird design best and I’ve also just ordered the bunny kit from TaDaa Studio on Etsy, which I’ll make first.
I’ve enjoyed making pompoms but they use up a lot of yarn. Not so with a tiny pompom maker! I am definitely making a garland with this.
And I’ve been meaning to try carving some stamps and the supplies were on offer so I picked up a carving tool and stamp blocks. I don’t have any specific ideas for a design yet, but I’m sure I’ll think of something.
I’ll be adding a post about Yuzawaya to my Tokyo Shopping Guide, but if you’re visiting soon it’s in a department store attached to Kichijoji station. There are smaller branches in central Tokyo but this one is definitely worth the extra travel with two massive floors.