Friday, 1 October 2010

I ♥ Suzuko Koseki

I had such a lovely day yesterday, thank you for  all the good wishes and some great comments on the giveaway-click here if you want to enter.  One of my best presents was from Damian a great big pile of fabric, from Japan and most of it designed by Suzuko Koseki.  First peak...


A little mini pack of red prints, I can't quite put into words how much I like these fabrics.  I bought Machine Made Patchworks- also known as Patchwork Style a couple of years ago, the original non translation version and I was enraptured by it.  I had never seen fabrics with text, I had no idea where to get them or who had designed them, I didn't even know the book and the fabrics were by the Suzuko Koseki as all the text was in Japanese.  I had just got into sewing again with Clothkits and Gossypium and any text I found on fabric kits or labels I saved so I could create my own text fabric.  I searched ebay and found a few odd fabric panels from America of repro food packages and signs but not the real thing.  I knew there was more out there but I didn't know where to look... break for another set of pictures.



Close up on a fav...


Gradually on blogs like True Up I picked up more info, the name Suzuko Koseki and recognised the prints but only found the odd one at Sew mama Sew or Purl Soho and never what I really wanted.  Eventually, through Ayumi at Pink Penguin I found a Japanese shop with a fantastic range, Cotton Garden and with translation tools, the patience of the shop owner and Ayumi checking my email translations, plus a tortuous set of attempts paying by credit card and my bank getting all worried about Japanese transactions in the middle of the night- we succeeded.  I have had to wait a few months to see them, but wow, they were worth it.   Text, labels, kitchen images, squares, grids, lines,vintage style prints- my mum was perplexed by the misspelt words- these are the fabrics of my dreams!  If I could have fabric shop stocking these prints, I would be utterly content.



I felt I hadn't spent enough time with these fabrics yesterday- it was a hectic day.  I wanted to sit, look and touch them in their neat folded piles.  I would have quite happily laid down naked and covered my body in the little folded stacks whilst Damian took pictures- he was game- but do you know there wasn't time!
I have been trying out some print combos together as you can see in the pics, but all in all they render me speechless x

I have just added a flickr group I ♥ Suzuko Koseki- are you a fan?  Come and join...

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8 comments:

  1. Awww I love every single fabric you got in the package!! I am almost drooling over here because those fabrics are just so perfect! I know how hard it is to find cute fabric with text! I wish Suzuko would design more fabric like this - vintage kitchen theme and lots of words ;)
    Oh I found a few more shops that I know you'll like. Let me know when you want to get more fabrics! Let's shop together again :)

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  2. My gosh those are totally awesome!!! I would have to take them to bed with me.hah.ah.ah..a
    I know you will do something very cool with those!!

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  3. oh these are amazing amazing amazing! can't wait to see what you'll be making with them! {i might just stare at them all day! *sigh*!}

    + thanks for being part of the blog-a-thon, nicey!
    http://rikrakstudio.blogspot.com/2010/09/blog-thon.html

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  4. Lovely fabrics! I'm a new Follower and look forward to the unique (often vintage) "feel" of your blog in the future. It's great!

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  5. Absolutely love every single one of your fabrics. I am enraptured by Suzuko Koseki too :) And thanks for starting a flickr group- Amy Badskirt let me know!

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  6. I just saw the fabric that you liked for the DQS10... and I thought... gotta check her out!! LOVE what you have here. I have been collecting all the text fabric I can find too. I don't know why I like it so much, but it is wonderful! Thanks for all the new ideas!

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  7. Just stumbled onto this, Kerry. Have only learned about Japanese fabrics in the past few months, and I love them, too! You've given me a lot of inspiration by how you use these fabrics. Thank you!

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