These two felt badges--with my added St. Patrick's Day embellishments--are from a design by Japanese artist Naomi Tabatha. They look simple enough, but they are very well thought-out, in that meticulous way that characterizes crafts coming out of Japan today. I can only hope that this fine tradition will continue, as the Japanese people struggle with the current tragedy in their country.
I envision a young student sewing these little badges on her school uniform, to help her stand out from the crowd. It is the small details that make all the difference, and Tabatha has got that figured out.
See a lot more of this talented artist's work in her book, Felt Friends from Japan, 86 Super-cute Toys and Accessories to Make Yourself. The translation is a bit interesting, but the photos and diagrams are clear, and the designs themselves are impeccable and loads of fun.
The blurb about the author on the back cover tells us that Naomi Tabatha is an Aquarius, with blood type B. Interesting. Perhaps something has been lost in translation.