Book Review: Washi Style! Over 101 Great Projects Using Japanese-Style Decorative Tape

Japanese washi tape is one of those products I just can’t resist. Every time I go into a craft or office supply store I find myself giving into the temptation to buy several rolls. So many colors! So many patterns! So many styles! Such cuteness!

Author Marisa Edghill is the blogger and business owner of Omiyageblogs.ca. (I dare you to go to her site without  experiencing cute overload). Her book Washi Style! Over 101 Great Projects Using Japanese-Style Decorative Tape contains a little something for everyone.

Some of the cute projects in Washi Style!
Some of the cute projects in Washi Style!

In the first part of the book, Edghill  gives readers an explanation of what washi tape is and the types available. She also demonstrates techniques that even intermediate crafters may not know–how to make washi stickers and sewing with washi tape as well as weaving and pleating . The second section is divided into seven chapters, with several projects in each category. These range from greeting cards and wrapping paper to decor and accessories. Holiday ideas and projects aimed at kids are also included. Supplies like string, cardstock, bobby pins and blank books are likely already in most crafter’s “someday I’ll need this” stash. Other items–glass containers, wooden hangers and tea lights–could be easily attained at a local dollar store.

Although some of the projects will be familiar to anyone with a Pinterest account–a washi tape gallery wall, washi tape decorated office supplies,  and upcycled containers for example–Edghill also has some unique standouts–confetti-filled bow ties, a darling round donut card, sewn heart pouches,a personalized name garland, a children’s mobile and an upcycled box village.

The majority of projects in this book are so simple and easy to make that beginners can duplicate them successfully. Many projects–labeled Quick Starts–can simply be copied from the photographs provided. The directions for the other projects are clear and well-presented with step-by-step photographs.

Crafters who enjoy Edghill’s blog or who appreciate a bright and colorful aesthetic will enjoy these fun and simple projects.

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