Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Mojo Shopping

I've lost my sewing mojo - it's probably somewhere under the overwhelming mass of patterns - so I've been stashing.  I think I'm hoping something will snag at me and I'll be a sewing fool again. 

This is Amy Butler's new Sophia carry-all and some of her heavier weight cotton.  I'm excited about the challenge of making a professional handbag.  So many handbag patterns are so very homemade and they have their place.  But I've always enjoyed the kind of patterns that Vogue puts out.

I've also been drooling over this Japanese quilt and craft book, featuring Kaffe Fassett's fabrics.  It has a few quilts, slippers, coasters, decorations and such, all delightfully Japanese.

Look at this piece of loveliness:

If you're familiar with the books by Kumiko Sudo, this has the same gentleness and fun to it.  If you're not familiar with Sudo, her "Omiyage" books is lovely, with lots of beautiful small pieces, like flower purses, little fabric boxes, decorations and such.  They require some skill to make well but are very eye-catching.

I buy my Japanese magazines from this ebay seller.  She's fast, packages beautifully and the prices are good.  The shipping is free too and it takes about 7-10 days to get to me in Colorado.  I bought the latest Mrs. Stylebook also, although more for inspiration.  I'm too tentative about my drafting skills.


  1. LOVE Amy Butler fabric!

  2. I think your sewing mojo ran off with my sewing mojo and they are living happily in the Caribbean somewhere!

    I too love Amy Butler fabrics. I recently purchased her gumdrop pillow pattern.

  3. I know how you feel - I probably wont be sewing - other than drapes - for the next few months... no time, no energy - and way too many ideas...
    But love the Amy Butler bag!

  4. Anonymous1:23 PM

    Alas, my sewjo is AWOL as well. Here's hoping we all find ourselves back in the groove very soon!
    Touran, could you share the name of the Japanese quilting and crafting book? I love the tea cozy and it would be the perfect gift for a friend of mine.
    I hope you're back to sewing soon, I miss your lovely creations!
    Tammy (izzie)