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Sock and Glove: Creating Softy Friends!

I came across the cutest book last night, Sock and Glove by Miyako Kanamori, I have to share it with you! Part children’s story, part instructional guide for creating softies with personality, it’s great for all ages because it gives lone socks, gloves, and mittens purpose again and gets you back into sewing without a huge time commitment.

The book has 13 adorable friends to make, from fish to dogs, cats to mice, and the author encourages creativity by explaining that each doll can have a unique personality according to how you arrange the face and how much stuffing you use in the body. She encourages experimenting with different looks and not copying one for one what she shows in the book. In other words, live a little, it’s okay to go outside of the line. It’s simple format and darling photos lured me in at first, especially since I’ve had a thing for Japanese craft books since I first “discovered” them in San Francisco back in ’01, but find them hard to follow in Japanese and looking at pretty images only takes me so far when sewing… Sock and Glove released in Japan a few years ago, but was recently translated into English and released here in America just this month.

Simple Sparrow reviewed this book on her gorgeous blog, make sure you take a moment to read what she has to say about it, she wrote a nice review and has some great photos.

(image by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines, diy, shopping, travel on June 19, 2007

Cast Your Vote!

It’s time to select your four favorites out of our 30 finalists. If you’re new to reading this blog, Amy Butler is sponsoring a contest asking readers to submit a mood board and 30 were selected and displayed here on decor8 over the past week. It’s now time to vote for the final four – all of whom will be awarded with 5 patterns from Amy Butler valued at $65. To view all entries in detail, here’s a mini slideshow on flickr.

FOR MORE PHOTOS OF THESE MOOD BOARDS PLEASE VISIT THIS LINK.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE. :) Survey ends on Friday, June 22nd at noon EST. Our four winners will be announced here on decor8 at 4:00 p.m. EST on Friday, 6/22/07.

Click Here to vote for your FOUR faves!

Posted in contests on June 18, 2007

Ankasa: Bedding

I’m doing a lot of research around ethnic prints and patterns right now, so decor8 will reflect a lot of that this week. I love the work of Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia of Ankasa and just found out via blink decor that they’re soon to open their own store in NYC.

I like their modern take on traditional patterns, especially all of the embroidered work, and the strong colors against crisp white. Makes me appreciate why so many love to keep the foundation pieces in their space neutral, a great canvas for layering in colors and patterns, swapping them with each season, or as your design mood changes. For me, that’s monthly. :)

(images from ankasa)

Posted in bedroom, textiles on June 18, 2007

The Creative Bazaar – Get Involved!

Melba wrote to me about a craft fair that she is hosting on Cape Cod in October, The Creative Bazaar. She’s looking for vendors, so if you’re interested, applications are now being accepted through July 15th. The fair takes place on October 13th in Hyannis, further details can be found right here. Get involved!

This is Melba with her paintings, available on etsy.

(images from the creative bazaar)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets, shopping, travel on June 18, 2007

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