I’m here today to a book review courtesy of Tuttle Publishing. They have provided me with the book in exchange for this review, but the opinions are all my own.
I’ve used fabric as gift wrap in the past, but it didn’t match the beauty of the options shown in Wrapping with Fabric: Your Complete Guide to Furoshiki, the Japanese Art of Wrapping by Etsuko Yamada. Not only is using fabric to wrap friendly to the environment, but there are more options and wrapping styles than I could have imagined. Making a furoshiki goes beyond just taking a piece of fabric and wrapping it around an item, but is easy enough that anyone can do it.
Following the table of contents is a page showing a small photo of each project in the book. It’s fun to see everything together like that.
You’re greeted with a taste of what types of things can be wrapped with a furoshiki, the shapes that can be used, the fabric options and even decorative ways the top can be finished.
The most important part of the wrap is the knot or knots. If not tied correctly it will come undone and ruin the entire furoshiki. Fortunately, it’s easy to learn and the book illustrates the technique well.
Each method of wrapping is covered thoroughly with step-by-step instructions and photos. The dual sided wrap used makes a lovely knot on top of the Errand Wrapping.
Oddly shaped items are addressed as well, like this Roll Wrapping.
The Bottle Wrapping would be great for gifting a bottle of wine. The recipient could either send the furoshiki on to the next person, or use it as a small tablecloth.
I love the idea of the furoshiki bags. They’re pretty, stylish and functional but can be untied and used in other ways. I would happily take this Shoulder Bag shopping.
I can’t even tell you how many fun wrapping options there are in this book. A picnic basket that folds out to a little picnic blanket, book covers, bouquet holders and plant wraps. You can even update your pillows with this Cushion Cover.
There are ten common sizes for furoshiki wraps. Each is covered here, in addition to the size and fabric type noted at the bottom of each project.
There’s an extensive history of furoshiki, along with a description of how they are used in modern culture. The lined shopping basket shown here is something just about anyone could use.
Wrapping with Fabric introduced me to a craft I didn’t even know existed and I’m excited to try it myself. Tuttle Publishing also wants one of you to experience it, so look for an exciting announcement on February 11th!