First off, I should have shared a picture of the back cover to Zakka Style. There are more lovely pictures of what’s inside!
I personally can.not.wait. to make the leaf bag at the top. Love it!
Several of you are new to Zakka too, so I thought I’d share what I know about it.
Zakka means “many things” in Japanese and refers to the everyday things in your home. Towels, bags, slippers, baskets, potholders, etc.
The concept is taking the everyday functional items and making them special. Most of what I’m familiar with takes linen (or a neutral fabric) and kicks it up a notch, though never overly done. Keeping it simple with just a pop of color, an applique or some handstitching.
Duff had a brilliant idea to do a sew-along using this book. I am definitely going to sew through it myself and maybe you want to join me? Most of the projects are simple enough that we could tackle one a week, but could always give extra time for those that require a bit more work. I figure we could meet back each week and link up our projects so that we can share and encourage each other!
The only catch is that you would need your own book. I wouldn’t be sharing instructions. What do you think, would anyone be interested?
No worries if you’re not! I know I’m more motivated when I have others to share the journey and maybe you are too! I will also need to check with Rashida to make sure it would be okay with her. I just wanted to gauge interest.
So, on the school note, Rachel’s Curves Class started on Monday.
The 1st project this week was a scalloped bunting. It adds a little fun to my sewing room! I am most looking forward to improv curves. I’m excited about adding that technique to my quilting!
I also started an Upholstery Class with my friend Nicole last week. Today was my second class and my arms are so sore! Stripping the chairs down is a heck of a lotta work! I have never seen so many staples in my life.
I should have taken a before picture (imagine 1970s harvest gold velvet damask fabric!), but here is my chair in her naked glory. There are 2 of them.
My teacher was not very happy when I informed her that I would be painting the chairs aqua. I am planning to piece a quilt top to reupholster the chairs with and I want them to be funky and fun. I have a feeling she will be giving me a hard time about ruining the wood each class!
I actually need to go work on sanding, so I will see you here tomorrow for Day 4 of the birthday celebration!