New designs of popular characters are here!
A new collection for the PUSH PIN* × KOKKA is here! This collaborative project is developed with PUSH PIN, a manufacturer of the original general goods. The design features a variety of unique characters such as Lolo, a mischievous black cat, Kurokof, a black bear looking as if he were coming straight out of a picture book, Ryuka, a piggy and an old-man wrestler that brings a smile to your face.
“Every year, a new collection for PUSH PIN* × KOKKA is introduced. At the request of Kokka,
the artwork is redesigned and rearranged to suit the fabric using select motifs out of many PUSH PIN original characters. For Kokka’s fabric, two designs are particularly popular and we come up with new designs yearly. One is a fabric for boys called, “Hello My Friend!” and the other is the “November Books” series which is based on a wide range of stories from all over the world. Lately, you see a lot of items featuring cats, and we incorporated “Lolo, the Black Cat” for the first time in a long time. Lolo, the Black Cat was inspired by a vintage stuffed animal, and it was one of many characters that were created at the time. Since it got to be popular, we named the cat Lolo and created a story. It is a house cat living in Germany and is a little mischievous. It has been over 10 years since it was first introduced and is still being loved by many.” says Hamada, a PUSH PIN* designer.
Lolo, the Black Cat “Going for a walk” HG2303-1 Oxford (Ox)
The design features mischievous Lolo – such scenes as Lolo giving trouble when the owner is getting ready for a Paris vacation or Lolo wandering out into town.
Today’s project is a raglan sleeved blouse, made with a delicate cotton sateen fabric, echino’s Huedrawer. A loose fitting blouse is very comfortable to wear. When the weather gets colder, the layering look with a long-sleeved turtle neck will be stylish.
Design & Work:
Fabric shown for this sample: echino Huedrawer JG96300-300 (C)
□ Fabric: 110cm wide × 170cm
□ Fusible interfacing: 90cm wide x 40cm
Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)
Beautiful designs from a Seaside town
This November, we feature “Obiko” in our Textile Story column. Here is an interview from Linda Williams, Obiko’s designer. Kokka-fabric digs into the story behind her creative work.
Kokka-fabric.com (KF): You now live in Hastings, a seaside town on the South East Coast of England. Is it a place where you grew up or did you move there with positive intent?
I was born in the City of Oxford and over the years have moved around the UK. I have also lived and worked both in Portugal and Switzerland.
I moved from London to Hastings 10 years ago. Living by the sea was an important factor for the move and one which I thoroughly love.
Size: Skirt length 75.5cm
The featured project is an easy-to-make skirt only requiring simple cutting, sewing and finishing with elastic tape. The fabric used is Cross from the TSUMIKI series. It is a lovely textile with uneven flocking print. A popular blogger and handcraft artist, Yuki Inomata is here to introduce her creation.
We interviewed Yuki about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
When I first saw the fabric, it did not inspire me to make a bag. The flocking treatment throughout the fabric is so lovely that I wanted to make a piece of clothing to make use of it
KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The most distinguished characteristic is the use of the fabric edge as the hem. The treatment on the fringe is another unique accent. The ribbon part uses the flocking inside out, creating a different feel for the same material.
KF: What are some tips for making this skirt?
It’s an easy-to-make skirt only requiring simple cutting, sewing and finishing with elastic tape. I came up with the instructions without a pattern and easy steps. You can make it easily as long as you have the required measurement of fabric. It will make me happy to see people making this skirt when they encounter a fabric they like.
KF: How should we wear this skirt in everyday situations?
Featuring two different designs on both sides, it has the feel of a wraparound skirt, with an addition of ribbon to create a high-end look. The finished design allows you to enjoy the skirt in different positions with ribbons on the side, front or on the back. The color of the skirt may be too light for the fall/winter season, but it can be balanced by coordinating with deeper color leggings or stirrup pants underneath, looking stylish with ankle boots. For summer, it can be enjoyed cool and casually with a pair of sandals. It is a slightly translucent material, so you will want to put on something underneath.
KF: Thank you very much, Yuki! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!
A gym class or a music class?
The fun school life of animals is turned into a fabric! The name of the series, “PUTITE ECOLE” means a tiny school. As the name depicts, a variety of scenes happening in animal school are featured. Look, animals like a slightly tall bear and giraffe, a small mouse and rabbit are all enjoying life in school in their own way.
Exercise H10600-600 Cotton Linen Canvas
It’s time for the gym class for the animals. They are lined up to practice the radio exercise, a popular Japanese exercise routine. Aren’t they cute?