I've had this cool book of Japanese patterns for a couple of years, but I haven't gotten around to trying any of them. The book is kind of like pattern magazines like Burda World of Fashion, in that the pattern pieces are printed on top of each other and you have to trace off the pieces that you want. But the instructions are mostly illustrations, instead of words.
So, have any of you ever made something from one of these Japanese pattern books? If so, how did it go? Or from any Asian pattern? Do you like to explore patterns from all around the world? Do you mostly prefer American patterns with American styles and instructions in English? Do you like to try new independent designers? Where do you look for your patterns?