Capture the essence of Japanese style in your sewing with this collection of projects inspired by the wabi-sabi concept of 'perfect imperfection'. This collection of 20 sewing projects for home decor and accessories is based on the popular Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi which celebrates the beauty in the ordinary and imperfect.
The projects are grouped according to how we live, for example: living; sleeping; eating and exploring. Sewing and quilting expert and fabric designer, Karen Lewis, has used a limited palette of earthy tones and the best quality natural fabrics including linen, cotton, denim and wool to create a stunning collection of simple, sewn projects.
Try out some simple wabi-sabi style sewing techniques such as hand hand piecing, sashiko embroidery, big stitch quilting, and visible mending to create unique items for your home whether it's a full sized bed quilt, simple coasters for your favourite mug or a stunning scarf to wrap up in.
About the Author
- Wabi-sabi syle sewing techniques such as kantha, visible mending and sashiko are trending across social media and sales of the Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook continue to be strong.
- At quilt Con this year the daily workshop programme began with "Wabi-Sabi Yoga" and participants were encouraged to bring the qualities of simplicity and imperfection from their yoga practice into their sewing.
- The first book to bring the wabi-sabi concept - which is well known within the art and textiles communities - to the sewing community.
Karen Lewis is quilt designer and tutor, a fabric designer for Robert Kaufman and an author - her previous title, Screen Printing at Home
, was published in 2013. Karen travels widely to attend quilt shows and teach. She runs workshops at Quilt Con each year and regularly attends Quilt Market in the US and the Festival of Quilts in the UK. Karen is one of the founders of quilt retreat and pattern company, The Thread House
, which she set up with two other prominent British quilt designers in 2016.