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Title: Amigurumi
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on March 31, 2005 03:44:15 AM
Anyone out there have Amigurumi books?  I am trying to see which ones are the best ones to order.  I have found a few bookstores in the states that can order them - in my area they are in New York city and there is one in the chicago area.  I have a friend going to Chicago so I was hoping she could pick them up for me while she is out there. - if they can get them in stock fast enough!  Time is clicking on this one...

For the people that have these Amigurmi books can you suggest which ones you like and/or don't like so that I don't end up ordering a total dud!?  I will probably end up ordering them from somewhere and having them shipped within the states.  I doubt if I will be able to get them ordered in time for my friend to pick them up.

Deb


Title: Re: Amigurumi
Post by: selenium on March 31, 2005 06:37:19 AM
I have this (http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4309267610/qid=1112279797/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl/250-3497845-6557021) one.  I like it a lot, but some of the coolest things in the book don't have patterns in the back.  The patterns that are there, however, are very cute.


Title: Re: Amigurumi
Post by: Kuruku on March 31, 2005 10:54:25 AM
What is Amigurumi?


Title: Re: Amigurumi
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on March 31, 2005 11:46:36 AM
Amigurumi - ahhh. my new infatuation - that and making baskets.  Beats me.  I love the 3d of it all I suppose.  In a nutshell - big headed animals and dolls.

The collection 3 is one of the ones I was thinking of getting.  Do you have any others?  You said that there were few patterns in there... I hate asking but which ones are in there?  Do they show things that just aren't in the book?  How frustrating is that???!!!
Is the giraffe in there?  That one looks sooo adorable!

I thought I would be looking for vol 2 especially and maybe the first one.  I have 7 in my wishlist.
I was sooo happy to find some bookstores that actually carry the books or are willing to order them.  I would have been happier to find a copy in the library but we don't have a big enough Japanese population here I suppose.

Oh well.  At least I will find a place that will order them.
Well back to my baskets...


Title: Re: Amigurumi
Post by: MisfitRed on April 01, 2005 11:49:09 AM
A more specific question:  are there any good amigurumi patterns or books out there in English?  I don't know Japanese beyond "arigoto," "sushi," and "Battousai the Manslayer."  I know, so very un-American of me, but I'm a Europhile... lol.  Japanese items have been growing on me, though, particularly textiles and such.  And the amigurumi are so cute! 

Anyway, thanks for any help...


Title: Re: Amigurumi
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 01, 2005 12:55:24 PM
Some wonderful soul(Miss Cross) had posted up a few links to some amigurumi sites that were Japanese.  I had to install the Asian fonts which was no big deal at all.
At that point, there are free website translators that you can use - as I did and I was able to fully understand what I needed to do.
The Japanese patterns from what I have seen are pretty much written using graphs and charts which are soooooo easy to follow.
I did finish all the parts to my sheep - which I have yet to sew together since I haven't gotten my eyes yet and if I get shank eyes I will need to put them in before I sew it all together...

I don't think you will need to really speak or read Japanese to understand them.
I have given up trying to find free patterns for them online.  I wish I was able to.  The only patterns I was able to locate and translate were the ones that Miss Cross posted (thank you thank you thank you!  Wish I was able to locate things like that online!  I spent two days searching and gave up!)

Everyone here has been pretty helpful - those links being the best help I have come across.  I would love to just borrow one from someone but we dont' personally know anyone who has any of these books.  I have a very far stretch of a possibility of borrowing one from one of my husbands coworkers - that is if indeed his daughter crochets and if she even has any of these books.  He didn't know what type of needlecraft she was doing lately just that she was doing something and does Japanese patterns - am also loving the Chinese knotting right now and am going to hit the local library for that one.  I think macrame is a big section there.  One can only hope!

I would give up just about anything in my collection right now (and boy do I have some really cool stuff here) to browse through one of those books before having to take the blind plunge.
I keep searching in Ebay to see what books who has up so I can write down which ones I might possibly want from looking at the pictures... it is a slow process.  I don't remember which ones I want and which ones I dont' want.

I can tell you that buying them on Ebay is expensive... just as expensive as buying them through Amazon japan.  As soon as I get a good grip on which bookstores will order them and for how much I will let you all know.  I am hoping to know in the next week or two.  I have two different bookstores working on the list.  One in New York and one in Boston.
I will keep you all up on it.

Until then.. making baskets the past few days.  I will post up pics once I get my set done. I only have 4 and I really wanted  a good dozen to do.
They are great.  I am really really pleased with the ones I have turned out already (and yes, writing down the directions to the - the only way to mass produce them for the next craft show that I am going to attemt doing!!)




Title: Re: Amigurumi
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 01, 2005 02:27:42 PM
I have found a few more free patterns online that are pretty cute. I will try and make some over the weekend (when I am not making baskets!) and write down translations for everyone.
Hopefully I will get to them this weekend.  The ones I have found are really adorable.  I dont' know what I did to get to these.  But I am glad I pushed a little further.


Title: Re: Amigurumi
Post by: selenium on April 01, 2005 05:43:56 PM
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The collection 3 is one of the ones I was thinking of getting.  Do you have any others?  You said that there were few patterns in there... I hate asking but which ones are in there?  Do they show things that just aren't in the book?  How frustrating is that???!!!
Is the giraffe in there?  That one looks sooo adorable!

Yes, the giraffe is in there.

Actually, there is a pattern for everything on the cover.  It's not that there are too few patterns; it's that they include pictures of things that don't have patterns.  There is a platypus that I plan on figuring out.

I looked at all of the amigurumi books in Kinokuniya and Super Books in Utsunomiya, and this one was by far the best.  The patterns weren’t just cute teddy bears and kittens; I liked the quirky patterns.



Title: Re: Amigurumi
Post by: mikan on April 02, 2005 05:01:22 PM
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=24756.0

you might be interested in this thread... people are discussing the 'translation' issue and how to order the japanese books, and sites of amigurumi designers... 
amigurumi roughly means needlework stuffed animal. it is the combination of two japanese words for the above.


Title: Re: Amigurumi
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 03, 2005 04:20:55 AM
Right.
I appreciate that link to the thread. That is where I got the links for the animals that I do have already - and have made.

I haven't had a problem with the translation.
My question is if anyone has any of these books - which one(s) do they like. Some are better than others.  Would they recommend one over the other... that's all.

Locating the books - I have located where I can order them in the states for a lot less than Ebay or Amazon.jp.  I know the best way is to know someone going over there but Japan is out of my travelling reaches - I have friends that go to the Virgin Islands(great place for pearls and for perfume and liquor) and England and also Sweden but the far east is out of my friend and family travelling.

I think I have my answer - definitely get vol 3 ... it has been recommended.  I guess go with my gut on the other 6 that I have picked out - probably stay with the volumes and not the others although the one named groovy world looks pretty cool as well. Oh I don't know.  I will wing it.

Thank you all for your help - especially selenuim.


Title: Re: Amigurumi
Post by: mikan on April 04, 2005 10:58:36 PM
my favorite book is published by gakken hit mook and is called chibiru amigurumi. it has some more doll like characters with accessories.  i have most of the books that are out there if you have any more specific questions i can look through them.  alot of them are similar and those collection ones are good because they show everything on the cover. 

the gallery pages (that you don't get instructions for) are often amigurumi for sale by the author or other designers. 

i personally think the websites are the best thing if you understand the concept because you can design your own or copy by looking.  maybe it's worth having some to learn how and meet the designers at first, but i guess i mean there is alot out there without spending alot.


Title: Re: Amigurumi
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 06, 2005 04:24:42 AM
Do you have an ASIN  number for the Chibiru book?  I tried to look for it unsucessfully.  It sounds like something I might like!

Thank you you have been a great help!


Title: Re: Amigurumi
Post by: gaelle on April 18, 2005 05:49:22 AM
Hey,

My brother brought back the 3 volumes and they are all 3 very very good!!  But I think if you have one, you can make all what you want, because it's always the same way of working.  Maybe you can start with buying one (volume 3 is indeed with the girafe) and then see if you need other ones...


Title: Re: Amigurumi
Post by: gaelle on April 18, 2005 05:52:00 AM
Oh, I forgot to say that making these things is very, very addictive!!


Title: Re: Amigurumi
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 19, 2005 03:53:32 AM
Nearly all crocheted animals/dolls follow the same rule of thumb.  I like the simplicity of these.  They just look so.. pure... I don't know how else to put it. So clean.  I have hundreds and hundreds of doll and animal patterns but these guys just really spark my interest.
I am still searching for info on that Chirbiru Amigurumi book.   I can't seem to navigate amazon japan successfully enough to find it.  I would love to see that book.  I really wish that I had a reason to go to Japan... or knew someone that knew me well enough to pick them up for me.  I guess what I really need is someone in Japan who wants to swap American patterns and Japanese patterns - that would be awesome.  Then I could see all there was to see and figure it all out.
I know that there are Amigurumi magazines from what it looks like as well.  If only magazines were offered electronically I would totally subscribe!  I wish magazines did that - then I could get patterns from all over the world!  Maybe it would make me want to learn a new language or two!

Well.  Make due with what you have...then look for more!


Title: Re: Amigurumi
Post by: mikan on April 19, 2005 04:26:05 AM
isbn4-05-602087-6
is the number for chibiru amigurumi, sorry it took so long to dig it out! it has animals and dolls, but most of the animals are upright so they are doll like too.  on the front there are two lambs, inside there are ladybugs and butterflies, a poodle, bears, a lion, a clown, a pig and rabbit, a chick in an egg, a turtle, a frog pubbet, two cute dolls (boy and girl), 'nature' colored creatures, dog, cat and another bear, and some fruits.  It's all by one designer who has a couple notes in it about her inspiration, etc.  all in all i think it is more visually creative and consistant in quality compared to some of the others.   i haven't tried to buy it online, so i hope that isbn helps. :)


Title: Re: Amigurumi
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 19, 2005 05:34:05 AM
it came right up for me on Amazon!  Thank you sooo much.. no pic but I am going to totally trust you on this one.  It really sounds like one that I would adore to all ends!  Unfortunately it looks like it is out of print - or horribly out of stock.  I will try a few places here stateside and see if they are able to import it.
The great news is that it finally brought me to a page to get to the handicrafts section of amazon!  And.. I was able to find that awesome cat book that I have been drooling over!   I might need to indulge and get that one - now that I have its isbn I should be able to locate that one as well!

Thank you Mikan.  If there is ever anything I can do for you, just drop me a line!


oh... just found it on fujisan.com and it looks like it is in stock!!!  yippie!  Hopefully this will be one stop shopping.. breaking out the credit card.  thanks again for the tip on the book!