Japanese Sewing Books.com is turning 2! Sometimes I can’t believe I lasted for so long.
I started this blog as a way to document my efforts in translating Japanese sewing book instructions, and at the same time pick up some Japanese along the way. Two years down and thanks to all your support, encouraging comments, emails and Likes, I have found many reasons to keep blogging (and buying more books!)
Those of you who have been following my blog since the early days may have seen some changes over the years. I started out simply reviewing books, then I added fabrics, free pattern links, and even had started drafting my own patterns. I even tried having themes for each month early this year, but as you can see I have scrapped the idea because sometimes I stumble upon a great new book and I just wanted to share it first but couldn’t do so as it was not “in line” with the month’s theme. So I’ve reverted to a more free and easy style, blogging about whatever comes my way and is interesting enough to share.
Some grand plans and ideas I have for the coming year. I would like to actually do a lot more sewing from the books that I already have. I will still be buying and reviewing books of course, but I am feeling guilty for buying books faster than I am using them! 😛 So I do want to spend more time sewing next year and while I am doing that, I hope to share with you some pictures and videos of the process, and hopefully it will help those of you who have the same books+patterns. Maybe you, my readers, can even suggest patterns or books that you want to see sew-alongs of. Translation requests will still be entertained of course, so keep your emails coming to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now for the event you have been waiting for!
The Japanese Sewing Books 2nd Happy Birthday Giveaway!
Last year I gave away a set of fabric+pattern+notions that I bought in Japan. The good news is that I am heading up to Japan again this year so I will be shopping for the giveaway there! I have also decided that this year there will be 2 winners!
1 winner will walk away with a book and the other winner will win 1 meter of Japanese designer fabric!
This is how it is going to work.
To enter the giveaway
Simply leave a comment below, leave a suggestion for what you would like to see on my blog next year, and state your choice of category for books / fabric. I will pick one random number for each winner, so do remember to state your preferred option for both categories as you never know if you might be walking away with a book or a beautiful piece of fabric.
Japanese Sewing Books (choose 1 option)
C. Bags/small goods/zakka
Japanese Designer Fabrics (choose 1 option)
A. Nani Iro by Naomi Ito
B. Kayo Horaguchi
C. Echino by Etsuko Furuya
An example of how you should comment is like this
I would like to see more sew-alongs on the blog in the coming year. Choice of giveaway – Books A. Women / Fabrics by B. Kayo Horaguchi.
Contest closes on 14th December, Saturday 00:00 GMT Check your corresponding using the time convertor
(which is 14th December, Saturday 09:00 in Sapporo and 13th December, Friday 19:00 Eastern Standard Time EST)
I will announce the winner on the blog as well as on Facebook. However, I will only be sending out the prizes after I get back to Singapore (which will be just before Christmas)
Look out for some changes to the blog as well as a long awaited update to the Dictionary of Japanese sewing terms this coming Wednesday. I won’t be blogging much next week since I will be away, but I will only be posting updates on Instagram so do follow me on Instagram if you want to see what I’m up to in Japan 😛
That’s it! Good luck everyone! and Merry Christmas in advance!