happy bookshelf

Linen, Wool, Cotton (Akiko Mano) and Patchwork Style (Suzuko Koseki) are new books published by Trumpeter as part of their Make Good: Crafts + Life series. What a nice surprise to find them in the mail yesterday.

Linen, Wool, Cotton - Just as the name of this book is simple and straightforward so are the 25 projects in its pages. It's perfect for someone that is new to sewing. The book is divided into three chapters, and you guessed it, they are: linen, wool and cotton. The photography of the book is wonderful (if I could I'd jump in and live there) and the projects are very simple and sweet. The three projects below are among some that I'd like to try.

Slouch bag

Mary Jane slippers

Hanging pockets

Patchwork Style - This book has 35 projects that are more advanced than the first book. It is divided into 5 chapters: log cabin, appliqué, patchwork squares, free stitching and square appilqué. I like that there are many versions of small bags and totes. Very tempting.

Pillow cover and quilt

Tote bag

Red and blue party bags

Both books give very simple instructions and clear diagrams to go by. I don't have any Japanese craft books but by what I've seen in online book reviews these have that same peaceful quality to them. Love that.

Felting for Baby - Is another book that makes up the series. It would surely be on my shelf if I were to have another baby (not in the plans at all).

Funny how I keep getting sewing books (not complaining). It's like someone is trying to tell me something.


  1. i have the patchwork style and love it. there are so many inspirational pictures.
    very good choices.

  2. ooh nice! I love to look at the linen book more closely, but the link does not work :(
    Thanks for the recommendations.

  3. Oops! Thanks Jenna. All fixed.

  4. These books look amazing. Love the hanging pockets. I agree - very similar style to Japanese craft books. xx

  5. Those look delicious! I miss my books quite a bit right now. :)

  6. How on earth did you get these lovelies before the release date?

  7. Excellent question Jill. To be perfectly honest I have no idea. They just showed up in my mail box. I've been getting books off and on for about a year or two from different publishers. I guess I'm on some sort of list somewhere. Lucky me!

  8. oh my. now i want the linen book even more! so beautiful inside! thanks for sharing :)

  9. These look wonderful! So many great projects and beautiful photos.

  10. I have ordered these books as well. Just got a message they are on their way... Even with all the sewing I do, I love new craft books like these can't wait. thanks for highlighting.

  11. Cute book!
    You'll show us the results of your crafts?