Here’s another entry in this occasional series of pattern puzzles owing to the wickedness of some visitors out there who feed my addictions. One sends word of a new Japanese pattern making book called Pattern Magic. Here’s a shot of the cover. Wow.
The only source I find for this now is on eBay (3 copies), I’ve contacted the seller to see if they can get more. [Edited: update, via this site, I found another source for the book here. So much for the early bird getting the worm, these are only 21$ :)]. Perhaps it goes without saying that I’m only telling you about this because I already have a copy on the way. It’s going for $30, 95 pp, shipped from Japan (free shipping) but expedited shipping is available for $5. The ebay seller has nearly 500 Japanese crafts books for sale with a feedback rating of 100% based on 5163 comments from buyers. Only one negative feedback (withdrawn) so I guess you can’t please everyone. On the eBay site there’s more photos complete with drafts. Here are two others I copied:
There are more photos from the book on Flickr. This user has a lot of interesting pictures and projects, making us all look bad. Thank god she’s preggars and about to pop; that’ll stem the tide of her productivity for awhile. Her blog is also interesting; here’s an entry she wrote on this book. She’s learned to make shoes too, pretty cool. Also while on Flickr, I found another user who’s taken shots of the book (among many other very cool projects and who also has a blog) and I see that Danielle visited the flickr site for this book and wonder why she didn’t tell me about it. Folks, I always want to know about this kind of stuff.
One last comment about the book with respect to the differences between draping and drafting. These styles are the perfect example of why I prefer drafting to draping. Somebody recently wrote me about this and I can’t find the email but this book nails it. I just don’t see how you can drape a style like this efficiently; it’d take you time and trial, again and again. You can draft it though, very quickly. These designs are the perfect illustration of why drafting is more precise and gets you to the end result faster. Now, I can understand if you have to drape because your drafting skills aren’t fully developed yet but I worry that you’ll end up convincing yourself that draping is the superior method just because you have that skill set. The drafts in this book are very easy to follow (the text is Japanese) and I really hope it will inspire you to explore the range of your abilities. Note I said “abilities”, not skills. If you can drape, you can draft, you just need to practice and hopefully this book will inspire you to challenge yourself.