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« on: March 18, 2011 07:10:09 AM »



The terrible news from the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear emergency in Japan has made me want to do lots of Japan inspired crafts, to balance the pictures by something beautiful, and I'd love to have some people here to craft along with.

As you may be aware, we currently discuss to organize a crafty charitable action for Japan, although it isn't fully formed yet.
Whatever the outcome there, I'll be crocheting flowers and amigurumi non stop for my nerves, and started this thread independently of the charity discussion.
So, this could be a place for sending good thoughts to Japan, for appreciating Japanese crafting, or for inspiration... whatever we make of it...

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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2011 07:10:41 AM »

News:

March 18
We have official word from the mod squad about the fundraising idea - we can't do that on craftster, but we can craft-a-long here for it, and link to a site where we do the actual fundraising too.
That's great news! So, soon we can tell you more about it - volunteers for organizing-a-long welcome!

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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2011 07:55:26 AM »

Links and Resources:

There is such a mass of great Japanese craft resources... I feel overwhelmed already, and I'll start slowly and expand over time.
If you make something from a pattern, please link to the pattern.
If you have a great resource, please post it.


Projects on craftster:

For Japanese inspired project on craftster, try the tag cloud, or search.
Here is a collection of amigurumi patterns on craftster:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284386.0

Projects in this craftalong:

Monokuro boo
Sakura
Kokeshi doll pattern
Kodama patterns
Luna Lovegood scarf

Internet and other resources:

Japanese crochet

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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2011 02:10:50 PM »

To get things started, these are Japanese crafts I've done in the last two weeks:

The little Monokuro Boo in the picture in the first post

lots and lots of big and small flowers, about half of them for the Sweat Shoppe Swap:


And I've started making crochet kokeshi dolls - I liked them already, and then I read that they originally come from the region of Sendai which has been so terribly destroyed by the tsunami, so I'll make them in different sizes and colors.
For now, only a progress pic in bad quality, sorry...
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2011 02:24:10 PM »

what kind of yarn did you use on the  kokeshi dolls? 

I think this idea is brilliant!  I've thought about people of Japan since the early morning (for me) that I heard about it.  I've not made Japanese crafts in the past.  I do make granny squares tho and like very much the flowers you have posted.   
I'm keeping an eye on the thread tho and will definitly look at the pattern sources, too.  =]
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2011 04:31:20 AM »

I used cotton because that's my favourite yarn, but I have some shining polyamid blends that I'll try too, to get a silky look for the kimono. And I'm thinking of a Sailor Moon set... there's a New Year's episode in PGSM where they wear beautiful kimonos, and there was a festival episode in the anime where they wore one too...
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2011 10:09:47 AM »

Perhaps some of these tutes could be used to make doll clothes or modified everyday clothes:

http://thecosplaychronicles.blogspot.com/p/tutorials.html for how-to make sailor-fuku

http://fibers.destinyslobster.com/Japanese/japindex.htm Japanese Food and Garb

http://ecosamurai.blogspot.com/2008/03/how-to-make-nuno-zori-cloth-sandal-step_4875.html make a Nuno-zori

http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=272611 Shinsengumi Haori

http://www.immortalgeisha.com/ig_bb/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=12601 how to make a michiyuki (scroll down)

And for fun:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252761.0%3Ball hello
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For myself I think I will make something using Japanese dyeing techniques there was an articles in Threads....And here:http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/dyeing-fabric-shibori-techniques   Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2011 04:37:55 PM »

Thanks for the links! Wow, that food and garb page!

It's nothing new, but I'm still making tons of these in all colors:

I'm also still making kokeshi dolls, and some Sailor Moon inspired flowers. Will have a long wait tomorrow, and I'll bring a lot of yarn with me! Shouldn't even mention it, as it goes without saying.
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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2011 07:00:56 PM »

Well, it's not very Japanese, but here is my dragon tin.

Polymer clay on, well, tin.
The bright blue wasn't very well thought out, but I was extremely happy with the dragon.
It looks huge there, but it's about the size of a CD and a couple of inches high.
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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2011 04:23:34 AM »

Love the scales, and his posture, he's really gorgeous.
Nothing wrong with the blue tin. Dragon against sky. Sky on top of high mountains is very blue.
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