Punch needle art has lately been considered a new craft hobby but it really isnâ€™t new.Â It was used in the 60â€™ as physical therapy in military hospitals.Â Glad itâ€™s in vogue again as it is a very simple project.Â Found this visual instruction on the Japanese website, Courturier. It is in Japanese but we use Google translate to interpret the instructions.Â There are beginners kits on Etsy that you can purchase.Â The kit shown on the bottom is from the shop, Yasminhobbykit.
Images: Courtesy of Courturier and Yasminhobbykit.
Found this great idea for gift wrapping using a rattan decorative piece that we may try to make. The instructions can be found in the craft book pictured above and distributed by Japanese brand, Dot to Dot Works.Â The book is in Japanese written by illustrator and handicraft artist, Horikawa Nami. We canâ€™t read Japanese but the photos make the instructions easy to follow.
Been looking at hearts for the upcoming holiday and found these in one of Japanâ€™s lifestyle blog.Â The brand, Shiratani Kobo, makes their products using recycled scrap wood from dismantled houses and construction sites.Â They create household goods, stationery, accessories and furniture. Â Each piece is carefully handmade with carpenter’s designs and techniques that have been passed down for hundreds of years. The name of the workshop comes from the place name of Shirotani village where their workshop is located. Â