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New Craft Projects

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.

Yuzawaya purchases

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.

Mini pompom maker from Yuzawaya

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.

Stamp carving supplies from Yuzawaya

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.


Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

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