Tokyo Trip: Tokyo Hobby Show (Part 1)

During their recent trip to Tokyo, modeS4u’s Managing Director and IT Manager, Sandra and Alan respectively, stopped by the incredible Tokyo Hobby Show. This event was jam-packed with all manner of creative goods; it’s every DIY fan’s dream place to be! From colorful and kawaii iron-ons, to highly detailed figurines, to stunning fabrics, The Tokyo Hobby Show had it all! Check out some fun pictures of the event here.

Kawaii toys

Kawaii toys

More lovely hand-made toys

More lovely hand-made toys

Funny dog iron-ons

Funny dog iron-ons

We love all the colors shown in this picture!

We love all the colors shown in this picture!

Gorgeous figurines

Gorgeous figurines

These figurines are super detailed

These figurines are super detailed

Fabrics on display

Fabrics on display

More lovely fabrics

More lovely fabrics

Rolls of fabric

Rolls of fabric

Lots of colorful notions

Lots of colorful notions

More adorable toys

More adorable toys

Figurines on display

Figurines on display

Don't these look gorgeous?

Don’t these look gorgeous?

So creative!

So creative!

We love the incredible amount of detail in these

We love the incredible amount of detail in these

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Tokyo Trip: Visiting Kokka

On a recent trip to Tokyo, modeS4u’s Managing Director (Sandra) and IT Manager (Alan), stopped by the brand new office of one of our amazing suppliers, Kokka. This supplier is well known for their incredibly creative and high quality designs and their new office featured row upon row of stunning fabrics. From floral fabrics, to Echino designs, their office was awash with magnificent colors.

Talking business and checking fabrics can really work up an appetite, so the team at Kokka then took Sandra and Alan out for dinner where they all dined on world famous Wagyu beef!

Check out some of the colorful pictures here!

Echino fabric samples

Echino fabric samples

More Echino fabric samples

More Echino fabric samples

Beautiful fabrics on display

Beautiful fabrics on display

Floral and pattern fabrics

Floral and pattern fabrics

Animal designs

Animal designs

Kawaii designs

Kawaii designs

Funny food prints

Funny food prints

Cute and colorful fabrics

Cute and colorful fabrics

More gorgeous fabrics on show!

More gorgeous fabrics on show!

More animal designs

More animal designs

Alice in Wonderland designs

Alice in Wonderland designs

More floral themed fabrics

More floral themed fabrics

Time for dinner!

Time for dinner!

Wagyu beef

Wagyu beef

9 Years of Cool and Kawaii Products!

We are really excited to be celebrating our 9th anniversary with you! We decided it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of the product trends we kept up with over the years, as well as some that we’re keeping up with now!

One of the earliest we noticed was the Rockabilly trend. As a result, we stocked gloves, T-Shirts, bags, wallets and more as customers were looking for stylish, edgy, nostalgic pieces that were both classic and contemporary.

We then moved on to Tenshi Neko products. This was similar to Hello Kitty and was what actually moved our company towards cute and kawaii products. Tenshi Neko products were super popular and we had many customers who loved its cute and quirky appeal. At about the same time, we also had a lot of customers who were simply crazy for star scarves (we now have lots of star fabrics instead!) so we made sure to stock plenty in different colors and of different material types. We also moved towards stocking Japanese stationery as we noticed a number of customers looking for kawaii products in this category too.

Then came the trend of clay products, for DIY projects, and arts and crafts. This is actually still a big, continuing trend as many of our customers enjoy crafting. We made sure to keep up by adding items that could be used for DIY craft purposes, such as miniature food items, liquid coloring etc.

One of our biggest product categories now though, is fabrics. We recognized that many of our customers also enjoyed sewing and were constantly looking for new and beautiful fabrics to work with. Over the years we’ve stocked more and more fabrics from renowned designers and fabric producers such as Robert Kaufman, Birch, Kokka and more. We also expanded our collection of Japanese fabrics greatly.

And of course, we can’t forget one of the most popular type of products at the moment: kawaii squishies! We love that many of our customers are passionate squishy fans who constantly have awesome suggestions for us of what squishies they want, and we do our best to get those products in! We’ve added in squishies from Puni Maru, iBloom and have so many more coming soon!

How long have you been following modeS4u? Whether you’re a long time customer or only discovered us today, we’d love to hear about some of your favorite products and what you’d like to see more of from us!

Thank you everyone for your continued support of us!

cute cream funny cat animal pencil case by Mind Wave

cute cream funny cat animal pencil case by Mind Wave

funny beige orange cat tsuchineko pouch plush toy from Japan

funny beige orange cat tsuchineko pouch plush toy from Japan

funny white pale grey cat tsuchineko pouch plush toy from Japan

funny white pale grey cat tsuchineko pouch plush toy from Japan

red Robert Kaufman fabric cute star Space Explorers

red Robert Kaufman fabric cute star Space Explorers

light blue Robert Kaufman mini white star fabric Sevenberry Classiques

light blue Robert Kaufman mini white star fabric Sevenberry Classiques

dark blue Robert Kaufman fabric yellow light orange star Monsters

dark blue Robert Kaufman fabric yellow light orange star Monsters

cream Robert Kaufman fabric red blue orange star Monsters

cream Robert Kaufman fabric red blue orange star Monsters

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden white

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden white

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden pink

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden pink

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden brown

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden brown

yellow paper clay Magical Clay from Japan

yellow paper clay Magical Clay from Japan

dark green paper clay Magical Clay from Japan

dark green paper clay Magical Clay from Japan

cream Kokka double gauze colorful flower nani iro fabric

cream Kokka double gauze colorful flower nani iro fabric

cream beige stripe Canvas fabric with animal flower Kokka Japan

cream beige stripe Canvas fabric with animal flower Kokka Japan

light orange-yellow Robert Kaufman flower shape fabric LA Provence

light orange-yellow Robert Kaufman flower shape fabric LA Provence

light cream brown grey flower circle metallic fabric Robert Kaufman Studio RK

light cream brown grey flower circle metallic fabric Robert Kaufman Studio RK

cute big pink croissant bread scented (faulty) squishy by Puni Maru

cute big pink croissant bread scented (faulty) squishy by Puni Maru

cute big light brown butter croissant bread scented (faulty) squishy Puni Maru

cute big light brown butter croissant bread scented (faulty) squishy Puni Maru

kawaii pink strawberry chocolate covered banana fruit scented squishy by iBloom

kawaii pink strawberry chocolate covered banana fruit scented squishy by iBloom

kawaii blue mint chocolate covered banana fruit scented squishy by iBloom

kawaii blue mint chocolate covered banana fruit scented squishy by iBloom

Check out this stunning patchwork quilt!

One of our lovely customers recently created stunning custom made quilts using fabrics purchased from us! We simply had to share these images with you as the final creations are gorgeous!

If you are looking to create your very own quilt, check out the many fabric bundles we have on offer, that are perfect for such projects. We recently received more Robert Kaufman bundles that we’re sure you’ll love. For a little extra shine, why not pick a fabric bundle with metallic embellishment? Check out the custom made quilts here, as well as our fabric bundle suggestions for you.

Check out this stunning patchwork quilt! 1

Check out this stunning patchwork quilt!

Check out this stunning patchwork quilt! 2

Beautiful!

Roll-up fabric roll Complete Collection Robert Kaufman Tigerfish

Roll-up fabric roll Complete Collection Robert Kaufman Tigerfish

Roll-up fabric roll Complete Collection Robert Kaufman Paintbox Basics

Roll-up fabric roll Complete Collection Robert Kaufman Paintbox Basics

Roll-up fabric roll Complete Collection Robert Kaufman Birds of Liberty

Roll-up fabric roll Complete Collection Robert Kaufman Birds of Liberty

Roll-up fabric roll Vintage Colorstory ornament gold metallic Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll Vintage Colorstory ornament gold metallic Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll Jewel Colorstory ornament gold metallic Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll Jewel Colorstory ornament gold metallic Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll Spice Colorstory ornament gold metallic Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll Spice Colorstory ornament gold metallic Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll 30s Palette Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll 30s Palette Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll Vintage Colorstory gold metallic Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric roll Vintage Colorstory gold metallic Robert Kaufman

Fat Quarter fabric bundle flower dot Jewel Colorstory Robert Kaufman

Fat Quarter fabric bundle flower dot Jewel Colorstory Robert Kaufman

Charm Pack fabric bundle pattern flower Garden Colorstory Robert Kaufman

Charm Pack fabric bundle pattern flower Garden Colorstory Robert Kaufman

Charm Pack fabric bundle pattern flower Spring Colorstory Robert Kaufman

Charm Pack fabric bundle pattern flower Spring Colorstory Robert Kaufman

Our visit to the Quilt Market 2015 in Minneapolis: Part4

Our overall impression of the Quilt Market fabric exhibition in Minneapolis this year was absolutely great and we certainly like to visit again. We reserved our final post for some American brands, we were able to talk to and already carry in our shop. We loved the creative concepts of Michael Miller and the beautiful patterns of the new collections by Henry Glass. Many new fabrics of these and less known suppliers, like Blank Quilting can already be found on modes4u and more will be available soon. We are grateful for all the inspiration and are sure we can bring you many fantastic fabrics in the future.

 

Colorful impressions. We know Michael Miller fabrics will always brighten up our lives.

Colorful impressions. We know Michael Miller fabrics will always brighten up our lives.

A wonderful quilt design and tablecloth by Michale Miller.

A wonderful quilt design and tablecloth by Michale Miller.

Great fun. The concept collection 'Color Me' allows you to choose your favorite colors for your fabrics.

Great fun. The concept collection ‘Color Me’ allows you to choose your favorite colors for your fabrics.

This dress look s surprisingly well designed, albeit it was a spontaneous creation.

This dress looks surprisingly well designed, albeit it was a spontaneous creation.

Seamless blending. Achieved with the perfect choice of the fabric's hue matching the wall paper.

Seamless blending. Achieved with the perfect choice of the fabric’s hue matching the wall paper.

Busy at the Blank Quilting both with some beautiful flower patterns in the background.

Busy at the Blank Quilting both with some beautiful flower patterns in the background.

Wonderland in pink and grey make you feel at home at once.

Wonderland in pink and grey makes you feel at home at once.

Great selection. Henry Glass impresses with an outstanding variety of design patterns.

Great selection. Henry Glass impresses with an outstanding variety of design patterns.

The Henry Glass daughter Fabric Editions. Cute, young, but not childish.

The Henry Glass daughter Fabric Editions. Cute, young, but not childish.

pastel colored 'Lady Claire' panel sewing  and writing fabric Blank Quilting USA

pastel colored ‘Lady Claire’ panel sewing and writing fabric Blank Quilting USA

charcoal paisley flower ornament fabric 'Priscilla' Blank Quilting USA

charcoal paisley flower ornament fabric ‘Priscilla’ Blank Quilting USA

violet-red owl forest fabric by Henry Glass

violet-red owl forest fabric by Henry Glass

Michael Miller fabric Gnomeville gnomes dots

Michael Miller fabric Gnomeville gnomes dots

Our visit to the Japan Hobby Show 2015 Part 1

This year a part of our team went to Tokyo again to visit the Japan Hobby Show, a great exhibition with lots of crafts products, fabrics and stationery and much more. We were very impressed by the amount of new designs and ideas of the exhibitors. We especially like about this tradeshow that it is always open to the public with lots of opportunity to try out a variety of hobby products and new equipment to learn different techniques etc. As per usual we took too many pictures to show them all, but we like to share some of our favorite and most memorable impressions with you guys.

Our visit to the Japan Hobby Show 2015 Part 1 1

Thousands of people attend the Japan Hobby Show every year.

A lot of inspiration and many new fabric patterns and design ideas.

A lot of inspiration and many new fabric patterns and design ideas.

Some beautiful Kimonos made from Japanese fabrics.

Some beautiful Kimonos made from Japanese fabrics.

This traditional Japanese handbag is worn for 'Hanabi' the summer fireworks.

This traditional Japanese handbag is worn for ‘Hanabi’, the summer fireworks.

They are all unique. The pattern really brings a Kimono to life.

They are all unique. The pattern really brings a Kimono to life.

Some women practicing cutting sewing patterns with templates.

Some women practicing cutting sewing patterns with templates.

Busy choosing the best colors and designs for our shop from thousands of products.

Busy choosing the best colors and designs for our shop from thousands of products.

Of course we could not miss out on the new Echino fabrics.

Of course we could not miss out on the new Echino fabrics.

Women making handbag decoration from wonderful Echino fabrics.

Women making handbag decoration from wonderful Echino fabrics.

We found a lot of very cute products too. Like these fabrics for handbags.

We found a lot of very cute products, like these fabrics for handbags.

You can sew your own cute designer bags too.

You can sew your own cute designer bags too.

Very interesting embroidery techniques to learn.

Very interesting embroidery techniques to learn.

Amazing embroidery. We probably need a bit more practice.

Amazing embroidery. We probably need a bit more practice.

New in our shop: Northcott fabrics

We are excited to introduce our new fabric supplier Northcott fabrics. The company with offices in Canada and the USA was already founded in 1935 but it wasn’t until the eighties that they focused on the cotton prints which they are known for today. They have lots of beautiful fabrics that are perfect for quilting, crafting and home decor.

We have lots of pretty cottons and cotton flannels with cute animal or children designs. Northcott fabrics also carries many great panel fabrics and Cheater fabrics which you should definitely check out.

We now carry Northcott fabrics on modes4u.com

We now carry Northcott fabrics on modes4u.com

turquoise Safari animal fabric by Northcott Studio

turquoise Safari animal fabric by Northcott Studio

white Safari plant leaf fabric by Northcott Studio

white Safari plant leaf fabric by Northcott Studio

white dragon fabric Magical Dragons by Northcott Studio

white dragon fabric Magical Dragons by Northcott Studio

white pirate children fabric Ahoy Matie Northcott Studio

white pirate children fabric Ahoy Matie Northcott Studio

cream fairy ballet fabric Bella Ballerina Northcott Studio

cream fairy ballet fabric Bella Ballerina Northcott Studio

colorful stripes fabric Flamingo Fling Northcott Studio

colorful stripes fabric Flamingo Fling Northcott Studio

aqua flower circle fabric Flamingo Fling Northcott Studio

aqua flower circle fabric Flamingo Fling Northcott Studio

white bird animal fabric Flamingo Fling Northcott Studio

white bird animal fabric Flamingo Fling Northcott Studio

blue funny shark fabric Shark Attack Northcott Studio

blue funny shark fabric Shark Attack Northcott Studio

pirate panel children fabric Ahoy Matie Northcott Studio

pirate panel children fabric Ahoy Matie Northcott Studio

white Safari animal panel fabric by Northcott Studio

white Safari animal panel fabric by Northcott Studio

Heavy Oxford fabrics by Alexander Henry

With our latest delivery from US manufacturer Alexander Henry we also received some cool heavy oxford fabrics. They are REALLY heavy, one square meter weighs 295g, which is twice as much as regular Alexander Henry fabrics. They are very suitable for upholstery, home decor, pillows etc.

pink heavy oxford bird fabric by Alexander Henry Home Decor

pink heavy oxford bird fabric by Alexander Henry Home Decor

white heavy oxford lion fabric Alexander Henry Home Decor

white heavy oxford lion fabric Alexander Henry Home Decor

brown heavy oxford owl fabric Alexander Henry USA

brown heavy oxford owl fabric Alexander Henry USA

white heavy oxford animal fabric Alexander Henry Home Decor

white heavy oxford animal fabric Alexander Henry Home Decor

blue heavy oxford fabric Shinto Alexander Henry USA

blue heavy oxford fabric Shinto Alexander Henry USA

cream heavy oxford fabric Yuka Alexander Henry USA

cream heavy oxford fabric Yuka Alexander Henry USA

cream heavy oxford fabric Mogambo leopard Alexander Henry

cream heavy oxford fabric Mogambo leopard Alexander Henry

ochre heavy oxford fabric Tucson cactus Alexander Henry

ochre heavy oxford fabric Tucson cactus Alexander Henry

heavy oxford fabric Afternoon Delight Alexander Henry

heavy oxford fabric Afternoon Delight Alexander Henry

dark blue heavy oxford fabric Keely Alexander Henry USA

dark blue heavy oxford fabric Keely Alexander Henry USA

Japan Hobby Show Part 6: Sewing World

On the Japan Hobby Show in Tokyo you could not only see incredible fabrics but also work with them. In the ‘Fabric & Sewing World’ there was a whole area equipped with lots of sewing machines for people to work on. And they were super popular, all the spaces were constantly occupied. We were very impressed with the range of people working there. You would think that primarily experienced sewers and adults would use the machines. But we also saw quite a few children handling the sewing machines like they have never done anything else. And they would barely be tall enough to reach it.

A quick glance at the Fabric & Sewing World on the Japan Hobby Show 2013

A quick glance at the Fabric & Sewing World on the Japan Hobby Show 2013

Here you could select fabrics for your project

Here you could select fabrics for your project

Like here people were sitting all throughout the area and work on their fabric projects

Like here people were sitting all throughout the area and work on their fabric projects

The sewing machines were brandnew. And all in Japanese...

The sewing machines were brand new. And all in Japanese…

A pretty mood board with echino fabrics

A pretty mood board with echino fabrics

We do not know what this is supposed to be, but the fabric bunting is very pretty

We do not know what this is supposed to be, but the fabric bunting is very pretty

A woman is helping a child

A woman is helping a child

We were totally amazed how professional many children could work on the machines

We were totally amazed how professional many children could work on the machines

Of course the sewing area was surrounded by different booths

Of course the sewing area was surrounded by different booths

Her some iron-on technique is presented

Her some iron-on technique is presented

People enjoyed this are a lot, it was a great idea

People enjoyed this are a lot, it was a great idea

Welcome to Japan Hobby Show Part 1

Part of our team went to Tokyo a couple of weeks ago to visit the Japan Hobby Show. It was a really great exhibition with lots to see and try. As the trade show was open to the public the whole time, there were lots of opportunities to actually use different hobby products like fabrics, clay, colours, different techniques etc. We took hundreds of pictures which we want to show to you guys. So today we’re kicking off our little series with some general impressions from the show.

Sandra next to the official poster of the Japan Hobby Show 2013

Sandra next to the official poster of the Japan Hobby Show 2013

Large exhibition halls with thousands of people who try many of the presented products

Large exhibition halls with thousands of people who try many of the presented products

Wonderful accessories

Wonderful accessories

Do it yourself - people could really try lots of things

Do it yourself – people could really try lots of things

A fashion show by students who made cute candy outfits

A fashion show by students who made cute candy outfits

Lots of crafting accessories like deco tapes

Lots of crafting accessories like deco tapes

Not everything was girly, boys and men loved this miniature car section

Not everything was girly, boys and men loved this miniature car section

Some children are assembling miniature items

Some children are assembling miniature items

Lots of ways to be creative

Lots of ways to be creative

Super cute DIY sets to make funny play dough animals

Super cute DIY sets to make funny play dough animals

We will probably carry these 3D papercraft frame sets in our shop soon

We will probably carry these 3D papercraft frame sets in our shop soon

These DIY wall decoration sets look adorable too

These DIY wall decoration sets look adorable too

kawaii tree ornaments

kawaii tree ornaments

Really amazing miniature rooms

Really amazing miniature rooms

Lots more miniature rooms and houses

Lots more miniature rooms and houses

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