Zakka Embroidery

Zakka Embroidery

Simple One- and Two-color Embroidery Motifs and Small Crafts

Book - 2016
Average Rating:
Rate this:
With a kaleidoscope of thread colors available, the task of picking just the right palette for an embroidery project can be overwhelming to beginners and experienced stitchers alike. But when you take away that challenge, a whole world of texture and style becomes available. In this book, Japanese designer Yumiko Higuchi presents embroidery motifs to be stitched in just one or two colors--creating patterns and designs that are more evocotive for their form than for a play of colors. Moving away from traditional embroidery motifs, the designs here are an elegant hybrid of Japanese and Scandinavian style- the motifs and patterns are spare and graphic, yet softened with organic shapes and imagery drawn from nature. The result is embroidery that evokes a personal feel and conjures a sense of nostalgia and longing. What is further appealing is the seeming simplicity in recreating these designs- by creating designs that use either one color or two colors the work here feels very approachable and appropriate for beginner stitchers. Each embroidery design is paired with a simple project, such as ribbons, pillows, and pouches.
Publisher: Boulder : Roost Books, 2016.
Edition: First English Edition.
ISBN: 9781611803105
Branch Call Number: 746.44 HIGUCHI
Characteristics: 191 pages : illustrations ; 15 x 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Higuchi, Yumiko 1975-


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jul 08, 2017

I love this book! The combination of Japanese and Scandinavian motifs and techniques is such a great fit; the one or two color designs make really powerful, clean images and it's relaxing to embroider without changing colors all the time. The designs are very heavy on chain stitch (though you could substitute split stitch if you prefer), stem, and French knots, with a few others here and there. The photography is really pretty and easy to see how the pattern was made and how the accessories and home décor can be used. In the assembly instructions, they depend on the photos more than the text, which I like, I would rather have a step-by-step photo set than huge blocks of text. I'll probably either keep this from the library for a long time or end up buying it lol!

May 19, 2017

Cute embroidery projects and designs.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SMPL

To Top