Inspiration 22
Bead embroidery bag


In Japan, we have a saying “Neither heat nor cold lasts beyond the equinox”.

Autumn has already arrived. The weather is balmy with weaker sunlight compared to summer. Some stores have finished clearance sales on summer clothes to make way for the new autumn line.

Autumn is the season to enjoy dressing up. It is almost the end of season to wear sandals and about time to put away your summer accessories such as your basket bag or linen tote. Then, don’t you want to make a chic and a bit elaborate “autumn special” bag?

The bead embroidery bag in the above picture was created by Miki Suzuki, the designer for Angelica Leaf. She added the handspun plant-dyed yarn and beads to the hand-dyed grayish-purple velveteen fabric. The material for the handles is soft leather from Italy.

Suzuki says “By tapping with a felting needle, the handspun plant-dyed yarn can stick to the fabric because the fibers get twisted. You don’t have to sew it! It is a convenient technique to add a little touch to your item.”

The artist created these flowers by using transparent seeds and bugle beads while needling leaves with the same colored embroidery thread. Such a simple work made the bag significantly stylish. By adding a tea-dyed lace, it may be classy with a vintage look.

It is said in Japan that autumn is the best season for reading. Though it is not bad idea to spend a night with a book, don’t you think needlecraft would be one way to calm your mind? Sewing on a machine in daytime, stitching by hand in the night…. Have fun on these autumn days.

You can see the website of Angelica Leaf at

Tunic dress

Finished Measurement:50cm(W) x 65cm(L) – Ladies)

The fabric “hana circle” with the pattern of swirling small flowers in cocca’s “Showa Retro” collection is changed into a pretty tunic dress. The confortable dress made by the sheer rayon fabric is perfect for the coming season. The neckline consists of a yoke as an outer layer and facing as an under layer. These yoke and facing should be prepared for front and back.

□Fabric 110cm(W) x 190cm(L)
□Lightweight Interfacing 100cm(W) x 20cm(L)

Fabric shown for this sample:cocca (hana circle) JGC-103


Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)

Fujiyoshi Brother’s TEXTILE

Kaleidoscope of colors create magical rhythms

The Much-awaited Fujiyoshi Brother’s TEXTILE is finally here! Fujiyoshi Brother’s is an art unit formed by two brothers, Taichiro Fujiyoshi (older brother) and Koutaro Fujiyoshi (younger brother) in 2000. Their works are very distinctive with vivid colors and dynamic touches. The brothers are active in various fields of the art world including live painting, movies and theatrical arts. The world of Fujiyoshi Brother’s is now re-created into a fabric. The first of the series is themed, “Walk of Eyes.” Koutaro says, “Gorgeously colored animals and a bit mysterious plants…I hope you enjoy the rhythm created through a combination of these creatures and colors.” With such an eye-catching design, these fabrics are perfect not only for children’s clothing and bags but also for interior décor accents such as fabric panels.

Wonderland JG35000-1 Oxford (Ox) 

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A “Wonderland” – there may be an island like this somewhere on the globe. It is a mysterious place where many animals exist. Such a fun-filled world is condensed into this fabric. With large design motifs, Wonderland is suited for such items as curtains and fabric panels.

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petit trèfle

A double gauze fabric with small prints – perfect for children’s clothing

Soft double gauze has high absorbency and its airy texture is perfect for making children’s clothing. On today’s fabric, petit trèfle, a small single motif appears repeatedly. As the design spreads throughout the fabric, you can use any part of it without worrying about matching the patterns of the cut pieces. The ones with robots and busses are great for boys shirts, while the cupcake design and elephant print are recommended for making girls dresses. The gauze fabric has perfect qualities for making masks. With many color variations, you will have fun wearing different choices.

Bus  P24600-600 Double Gauze

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An American school bus is an inspiration for this design. The pop look is enhanced by the English word balloons.

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Fabric panels with sewing motif designs

Today we are pleased to introduce you to a fabric panel called tiketiketic. In French, tiketiketic means the sound of a sewing machine. Favorite sewing-related motifs such as torsos, sewing machines and small buttons are tightly gathered in a single fabric design. Large panels are perfect for making bags, while small panels are great for creating handy pouches. Depending on how you select and cut the fabric, the tiketiketic fabric presents endless possibilities. To make a bag for example, you can use the main panel for the outer side, borders for the bag’s handles, and the remaining motifs for the side gusset. Creating sewing related small articles such as a sewing notions case and pin cushion will add more fun to your crafting moments.

Torso P25000-500   Oxford (Ox)

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Large single design motifs like sewing machines and torsos allow you to use these panels as design accents. The borders with English words are perfect for a bag’s bottom portion or side gussets, and this allows for different design combinations created from a single fabric.

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