Taupes are Tops on our List

Yoko Saito is a Japanese designer who has THREE books in the top 50!  Her followers grow with every book she releases.  She owns a shop in Japan and is an expert teacher and artist, specializing in embroidery and those beautiful taupes that we love…

Her book of 120 original embroidery designs includes individual patterns for people, animals and flowers.  I also love the borders and random patterns….


Item #YSOED-1113  Retail $42.95

The book is organized by category…



All of these designs can be incorporated into your own special project or you can make one of the projects in the book.  She makes even the smallest projects into heirlooms.  Her eye for detail is exquisite!


Her book, Japanese Taupe Color Theory, teaches the novice how to incorporate these colors into a project that will have a depth and subtlety that is striking!


Item #YSTCT-1113  Retail $37.95

The cover shows a glimpse of a bag – look at the entire project!  It literally takes my breath away!


The book includes other projects that are great lessons in color:












But the detail in the smaller projects turns simple every day items into works of art!


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And, lets not forget her wool book….










Item #YSW0813  Retail $32.95




Make a display by including all of her books and pull similar fabrics.  Woolie Flannels by Maywood, Whimsicals by Terri Degenkalb and hand dyed wools may fit into your display.  You may be surprised that you already have inventory that can be showcased in a vignette.

Your customers who are interested in this, LOVE it so why not start a club?







1 thought on “Taupes are Tops on our List

  1. Not a shop owner, but a customer of the shops you service. I’m *so* excited to see the Japanese Taupes coming to light. This is my learning obsession for 2014. I own two of the above books (the embroidery and color theory ones) and I can say that they are not only beautiful books, but chock full of inspiration and information.

    I am looking forward to working with my new taupe stash and the color theory book to discover the myriad of color in taupes.

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