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pochee pattern magazine

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bethaten | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi ~

I am searching for a source of the Japanese pattern magazine Pochee…. can anyone help me?


Beth  Stitched Works in Fabric & Paper





  1. marymary | | #1
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      bethaten | | #2

      thank you...I tried this route, I'm having trouble with the japanese translator aspect.......!  beth


      1. marymary | | #3

        bethaten, try this:  I ordered a book from this site and was pleased with the service.  I did receive a message saying the shipment was delayed, but it actually came sooner than the message said it would.  I have now ordered two more books and have received the same message.  I am not particularly worried as they do not bill my credit card until they ship.  BTW, the books I ordered are the garment design textbooks in English from  Bunka Fukusou Gakuin. 

        I forgot about this site when I first read your request.

        Edited 9/10/2009 10:20 am ET by marymary

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          bethaten | | #4

          thank you.....this is great, very reasonably priced AND they have a reader which allows you to page through some of the issues, one of which had a beautiful simple sewing area with wooden boxes, very beautiful.  Thanks again!



          1. marymary | | #5

            You are welcome, Beth.  I just looked at your website...beautiful work.

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            bethaten | | #7

            Thank you, I've been spending far too much time on the blog trying to get all my current works up, hopefully by the end of this week.  Thanks again for the source, I am looking forward to getting my issue.


      2. Ckbklady | | #6


        Even though it sounds like you have this sorted out, I just thought I'd stop in and comment on the language issue. I have a solution that you may want to use in future.

        On any Japanese page you find, "SELECT" and "COPY" the text you want to translate.

        Then go to and look to the right of the search box. There's a tiny little link that says "LANGUAGE TOOLS".

        Click on "LANGUAGE TOOLS" and in the new page that opens, "PASTE" your text into the second box from the top, labelled, "TRANSLATE TEXT", select the language "JAPANESE" from the drop-down list under the box and hit "ENTER".

        Voila! The text will be translated into English right beside your original Japanese text.

        Once you get your hands on a copy of Pochee, you may still want to use this. You can find an application in Microsoft Word that will allow your keyboard to type in Japanese characters, which you can then paste into Google to translate. It takes a little time to learn the characters, but it's doable. I learned to write Cyrillic Russian this way.

        But of course, I hope your computing doesn't take too much time from your sewing!


        :) Ckbklady


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          bethaten | | #8

          Wow!  Technology can be marvelous!  Thanks for this, I will try it out, and, being a letterform lover, I of course had to look up Cyrillic Russian which is beautiful and interesting.......given another lifetime I would love to become knowledgeable in the history and development of letterforms.  Meanwhile, I'll just use my wooden press type letters to stamp fabric and paper!


          1. Ckbklady | | #9

            Awesome - I'm glad that it's both a help and a pleasure. Alphabets are fascinating, aren't they? I was in school with a Russian woman who trained as an engineer, then moved with her family to the US and wanted to switch to nursing. She had to learn a new alphabet, a new language and then study nursing in that language. She did it all with a smile and got a 4.0. It was she who inspired me to learn Russian.

            It's funny - I was born in Ireland but look kinda Slavic, and for years in Eastern European shops in large North American cities I've been mistaken for an Eastern European - sweet little ladies dressed head to toe in black would chatter away to me in their native tongue and then realize I was blankly shaking my head and shrugging. Now in at least ONE store I can hold my own, LOL!

            I looked at your work - wow. Maybe you could put Cyrillic letters into your stamped work? I bet you could make it incredible.

            :) Ckbklady

          2. decoratrice | | #10

            Love your work!  I too am a lover of letterforms, and a synesthete to boot.  You can see some of my alphabet paintings on my web site.  The ability to translate into languages with different letterforms suddenly opens up new vistas!  Thanks to all for the inspiration!



            Edited 9/16/2009 10:27 am ET by decoratrice

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            bethaten | | #11


            Your work is great, I love the ideas you're working with......where are you located?  Have you read the works of Diane Ackerman in which she describes her experience of being a synesthete?

            Take care~


          4. decoratrice | | #12

            Hi, Beth,

            I'm in North Carolina.  Patricia Duffy's book, Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens, put a name on what I've experienced all my life.  Isn"t Diane Ackerman the author of The Natural History of the Senses?  Does she talk about it in there?  I want to read it anyway.  My sewing, like my painting, is all about color; that's what draws me to your work.

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            bethaten | | #13


            That book is now on my reading list, it looks fascinating.  I'm not sure which book of Ackerman's, possibly all, discusses synasthesia......I've read Senses, Deep Play, and had to buy her gardening book, Cultivating Delight, A Natural History of My Garden.  I enjoyed her husband's book, Life With Swan,  but his other works didn't appeal to me. 

            If you have a mailing list or do announcements, please add me to the interested, I'd love to see your developing work.

            Take care~


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    bethaten | | #14

    my pochee issue arrived this week, this is going to be a challenge to figure out! I found an online tutorial about reading japanese patterns which is helpful, in particular figuring out the kanji characters for front, back, adult and child. wish me luck....I've overdyed a thrift tablecloth to use for my first project attempt.

    1. Teaf5 | | #15

      At any university in the U.S., there are dozens of Japanese students who would love to meet with an American interested in Japanese design. They would benefit by chatting with you in English, and you would benefit from expert and rapid translation from Japanese. Last week, I met an expert in textiles who was eager to share her expertise with me in exchange for some conversation in English. Might be worth checking out.

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        bethaten | | #16

        thank you~that's a great
        thank you~that's a great idea!


  3. NobuMurakawa | | #17

    Pochee Woman Dress Clothes

    Hi, you can find here different style of pochee women Japanese dress patterns.

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