Yoko Saito's Traditional Block Patterns - Bag and Quilt Projects Using 66 Traditional Patchwork Blocks

by Yoko Saito
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Admired and honored Japanese designer, quilter, author, and teacher Yoko Saito goes back to some of the original patchwork blocks that she fell in love with when she began quilting. Ms. Saito brings her remarkable sense of color and layout to 23 projects made in her beautiful Japanese taupes.

This book is published by Stitch Publications, is distributed by Martingale, and is nonreturnable.

by Yoko Saito
8.25" x 10"
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64 full-color pages w/32 black-and-white pages, softcover
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Publication Date:
January 1st, 2016
Cuando Yoko Saito visitó los Estados Unidos, se enamoró de las quilts de siglos pasados que hoy atesoran los museos y decidió aprender el oficio transformándolo en un arte muy personal y utilizando los textiles japoneses reconocidos por sus gamas de colores neutros que van hacia los grises, los azules, los cremas y beiges, salpicados con pequeños brotes de rosa pálido, colores tierra y otros reflejos tenues.
Hoy día sus clases se abarrotan al minuto que éstas se ofrecen en los festivales y es autora de muchos libros que son obras de arte.
Este bello libro que hoy reseño se divide en dos secciones: patrones geométricos y diseños figurativos. A partir de ellos nos ofrece instrucciones detalladas para confeccionar 11 bolsos y 12 quilts en especial un espectacular Sampler.
Si observamos una de sus espectaculares quilts, seguramente nos sentiremos intimidadas por el grado de detalle y la maestría en su confección pero hay que verlo no como un todo sino como es el arte del patchwork, un pequeño block a la vez.

El coser a mano brinda muchas retribuciones- poder llevarlo con nosotros a cualquier lado y debido a su repetición poder amaestrar técnicas básicas como son pespuntes, hilvanes, y puntadas invisibles entre otras. Cuando nos demos cuenta ya tendremos un lindísimo bolso de mano por ejemplo, que reflejará nuestra dedicación al mismo tiempo que nos hará sentir llenas de orgullo.


When Yoko Saito visited the United States, she fell in love with the quilts of centuries past and decided to learn the trade by transforming it into a very personal art and using Japanese textiles recognized for their ranges of neutral colors that go towards grays, blues, creams, and beiges, sprinkled with small buds of pale pink, earthy colors and other tenuous reflections.

Today her classes are packed at the minute they are offered at festivals and she is the author of many books that are works of art.

This beautiful book is divided into two sections: geometric patterns and figurative designs. From them she gives us detailed instructions to make 11 bags and 12 quilts, especially a spectacular Sampler.

If we observe her spectacular quilts, we might be intimidated by the degree of detail and mastery in its construction. But we must see it not as a whole but as is the art of patchwork, a small block at a time.

The sewing by hand provides many rewards--being able to take it with us and to be able to master basic techniques such as stitching, basting, and invisible stitches, among others. When we realize we will have a beautiful handbag for example, which will reflect our dedication at the same time that will make us feel full of pride.
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Yoko Saito

Celebrated Japanese quilt artist Yoko Saito is well-known for her detailed work and unique use of taupe color palettes. She learned to quilt after seeing antique quilts in America and has been inspired over the years to create her own style and designs. A prolific author of quilt books, she also designs fabric and her patterns are often seen in Japanese quilt and crafting magazines. In addition, she appears in various media, and has had her own television series called Fashion Workshop, broadcast by NHK TV. She serves as an instructor at the NHK Culture Center, Nihon Vogue Gakuen, and is a member of the Japan Needlework Exhibit. She currently owns and runs a quilt shop and school called Quilt Party in Chiba Prefecture, just outside of Tokyo.

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