Twenty simple sewing projects are tied together with a thread of memoir that tells the story of how sewing brought Sanae Ishida profound happiness. Each seasonal project, specially designed to promote health, creativity, relationships and more, provides gentle inspiration to live your best life.
When Ishida was diagnosed with a chronic illness and lost her corporate job, she thought her life was over. But these challenges ended up being the best thing that ever happened to her because they forced her to take stock of her life and focus on the important things, and enabled her to rediscover sewing--her true passion.
Inspired to succeed at just one thing, Ishida vowed to sew all of her daughter's clothes (and most of her own) for one year. Sewing Happiness includes 20 projects plus variations (including Japanese-inspired home goods and children’s and women’s clothing) organized by season, and stitched together with Ishida’s charming personal story.
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Don't be fooled by the title; this isn't just a book for sewers, it's for EVERYONE. Sewing Happiness is an awesome book for anyone who is facing change, especially change that you didn't expect and didn't think you wanted or needed. Reading Sanae's writing is like reading the confessions of a close friend who went through a terrible time but survived, and now has much hindsight, wisdom, and humor to share with you. I was inspired by her honesty, self-deprecating humor, courage to heal herself, and beautiful craftiness. I'm embarking on my own path to healing and I know that the heartfelt stories in this book, along with the creative projects, are going to help me on my way. Thank you, Sanae.
Sewing Happiness is a sweet collection of projects— some that are a different take on familiar standbys and some that are completely new. For those who’ve never sewn without a pattern, it’s a gentle intro to drafting your own. For the time-challenged, it’s an invitation to sit down and enjoy some mindful sewing. For those who love to give handmade gifts, it’s a great little resource. It’s also pretty to look at and a pleasure to read. This book is also a lovely testament to the power that very simple creative acts can have in our lives, and to the capacity that making things can have to help us push past difficult moments. Out of personal sharing comes some great little life lessons. Very nicely done!
This is is nice book about someone finding her way back to health and wellness through sewing. I like that it also touches on Shishedo. Hope I spelled this correctly. Which is a wonderful way to repair jeans etc. The author takes a gentle approach to the whole process of sewing, which I appreciate.
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