Wabi-Sabi Sewing by Karen Lewis

  • Read in: English
  • Rating: “***–”


Note: I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.

I like crafting. Mainly crochet and cross stitching, but also knitting and sewing. My problem is that I am a perfectionist, and I am not very good at sewing. I don’t have the right tools for some things (cutting the fabric) and just can’t get some other things right (thread tension will be the dead of me.) The projects I attempt are probably a bit too difficult, but they look so nice… Anyway, when I saw Wabi-Sabi Sewing by Karen Lewis up for review, with a tagline for “perfectly imperfect projects”, I couldn’t resist. Also, the combination with it being Japanese (-style) made it extra interesting.

To be honest, the book itself was a bit of a let-down. Most patterns have some form of quilting, something I find way too difficult and too much work. It seems the “perfectly imperfect” is mainly in the combination of fabrics and the manner of quilting. The Japanese is mainly in the philosophy of combining and planning, and in the fabric style. The projects are nice, but not very special, and the instructions look a bit too meager for me, a beginner.

The book is nicely designed, the pictures are very pretty and the designs look nice. They just aren’t for me, and aren’t for a beginner. For me I’d say this is a three out of five star book.