Small Japanese Projects meeting – 27 September

September 23, 2017 | Posted in Japanese, Meetings | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on 27 September, from 10am-noon, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub.

The Small Japanese Projects interest group is for members interested in all things Japanese. Each month (or over two months) you will work on a small project, lead by a member of the group.

The meeting begins with a show and tell of what you have made, purchased or done during the previous months. It is always great to hear about your activities.

This month will be a catch-up month, finishing off all the various small Japanese projects you have been working on during the year. Help will be available if you are stuck.

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Small Japanese Projects meeting- 23 August

August 18, 2017 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on 23 August, from 10am-noon, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub.

The Small Japanese Projects interest group is for members interested in all things Japanese. Each month (or over two months) you will work on a small project, lead by a member of the group.

The meeting begins with a show and tell of what you have made, purchased or done during the previous two months. It is always great to hear about your activities.

This month’s project is a small fabric tissue pack holder, led by Wendy. These are good to keep in your handbag and they also make great gifts and fete items.

Wendy will demonstrate how to make it but you can hand sew on the day if you wish.

You will need:

  • A piece of fabric for the outer layer 14 cm x 22 cm
  • Same size lining fabric if using lightweight outer fabric
  • Matching or contrasting bias binding 30 cm
  • Hand sewing gear
  • Small packet of tissues

Outer fabric suggestions:

  • Quilting fabric
  • Stitched sashiko fabric
  • Stitched hitomizashi fabric
  • Evening wear remnant
  • Japanese brocade or obi fabric
  • Needlepoint

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CQ room being used for workshop – Wed and Thursday (26 & 27 July)

July 21, 2017 | Posted in Cook premises, Drop-in, Japanese | By

Due to the Tentmakers workshop being conducted in the CQ room the regular drop ins on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday (26 and 27 July) are cancelled.

The Small Japanese Projects group are meeting off site at the National Library at 10am. They are going to view Melodrama in Meiji Japan – woodblock illustrations If you want to join them, meet up in the foyer of the library at 10am.

 

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Small Japanese Projects meeting – 24 May

May 20, 2017 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on 24 May, from 10am-noon, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub.

The project will extend over two meetings – it is a chiku chiku binding for a basket. AT this meeting you will be working on the binding and at the June meeting you will be attaching the binding to the basket. Convenor Karen has provided and image of her basket and a requirements list.

  • Raffia Basket.  Karen got hers from K Mart for $6.oo.  It is approx. 12”x 9” x 4”.  Raffia or water hyacinth are easy to stitch through when sewing the completed binding onto the basket.
  • Homespun fabric. Approx 6” strip x width of fabric for this size basket.  If yours is larger make it length of circumference of basket edge plus 6”.  This allows for shrinkage as you sew on the fabrics.
  • Fabric Scraps. Lots of different fabrics patterned and plain.  If you want a simple binding use less fabric mix and bigger pieces.
  • Sashiko Threads. Mix up different colours like Karen did or use one colour if you prefer.  If you haven’t got sashiko thread, you can use cotton perle, crochet cotton or broder cotton.
  • Large eyed needle for Sashiko thread.
  • Pins, Scissors, thimble.

Don’t forget to bring your show & tell from previous projects, plus anything else you would like to share.

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Small Japanese Projects meeting – 26 April

April 23, 2017 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on Wednesday 26 April from 10am until 12 noon. It is followed by a drop-in until 4pm.

This month’s project is a Fabric Origami Star, pictured below:

The requirements list is as follows:

  • Small sharp scissors
  • Tweezers or fine jewellery pliers
  • Small bulldog clip or Clover quilting clip
  • Coordinating Sashiko thread or equivalent to sew on as hanging loop
  • Needle and thread
  • 4 Coordinating cotton fabrics each cut 13” x 3½’’ prepared as follows:
    • Fold in half lengthwise and iron. Using spray starch helps to keep the folds crisp.
    • Open fold and iron both long sides into middle crease. Close up strip and iron well.

You may want to bring enough strips to make 2 stars. They are very easy when you get the hang of folding the strips.

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Small Japanese Projects meeting – 22 March

March 18, 2017 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on Wednesday 22 March, 10am – 12 noon, in the CQ room. It is followed by a drop-in for members until 4pm.

Starts with a chat and then moves onto show and tell of any Japanese inspired items you have and hopefully Some of the Ready Threaded Needle Case from the February meeting.

This month’s project is English Paper pieced Pentagon Balls, led by Karen.  The image below gives you an idea of what will be made.

Pentagon balls

The size has been reduced from the original pattern to make the balls smaller.

Requirements for this project are:

  • General sewing supplies, Scissors, thread, needles etc.
  • Assorted fabrics at least 3” square.  There are 12 pentagons per ball, Karen used 6 different fabrics.
  • Some light cardboard to cut  templates for fabric and papers.  ( If you want to cut then before hand the five sides measure, 1 1/2” and 1 1/4” for larger ball or 1 1/4” and 7/8th” for small ball.
  • Some paper to cut up for papers. ( Recycle your photocopy paper)
  • Some fibrefill for stuffing the balls.

 

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Small Japanese Projects – 22 February

February 18, 2017 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on Wednesday 22 February, 10am – 12 noon, in the CQ room. It is followed by a drop-in for members until 4pm.

Starts with a chat and then moves onto show and tell of any Japanese inspired items you have and hopefully all of the completed Biscornu pin cushions started (and some finished) at the January meeting.

Yvonne will be leading a mini tutorial on the Ready Threaded Needle Case (images below).

As well as your hand sewing supplies and equipment, you will need to bring the following:

  • 1 piece of cotton fabric 7”x 3”
  • 1 felt fabric 7”x 3”
  • 2 cotton fabric circles 2 ¾” diameter
  • 2 firm cardboard circles 1 ½” diameter
  • 1 piece contrasting (satin) ribbon 3/8” wide (approx) (doesn’t have to be satin) 3 ½” long
  • 1 small (scrap) piece of very narrow ribbon or fine cording 3mm w x 1 ½” long (same colour as ribbon above) (this is for button loop)
  • 2 approx ¾” flat buttons with 2 or 4 holes. I try to use the same colour as the ribbons.
  • 1 tiny button about 3/8” wide.

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Small Japanese Projects – 23 November

November 21, 2016 | Posted in Japanese | By

UPDATED

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is this Wednesday, 23 November, from 10am until 12 noon. It is followed by a drop-in until 4pm, incorporating the Lucy Boston interest group.

As always, bring something for show and tell – something that you have bought, or made, or you are working on.

Yvonne will be leading a mini workshop making a daffodil gathered purse. Here are the requirements (there is some work to do prior to the meeting!):

  • Cut 2 triangles of contrasting fabric, each side of the triangle measuring 8″.
  • To get the triangle, measure a horizontal line 8″ long, each end being A and B, line up a ruler using the 30 degree angle line with B and rule upwards for 8″ (this gives you a 60 degree angle) the end of this line being C.  Rule a line from C to A.  This completes your triangle.  Machine 1/4″ seam around all edges leaving an opening for turning inside out.
  • This is along the same lines as what we did with Karen’s small bag a short time ago.
  • You will also need 16″ of cording or ribbon and 2 beads.

daffodil-bag

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Small Japanese Projects – 26 October

October 24, 2016 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is this Wednesday, 26 October, from 10am until 12 noon. It is followed by a drop-in until 4pm, incorporating the Lucy Boston interest group.

The project this month is a small covered notebook. It’s quick to make, and uses up small pieces of fabric such as fat quarters, sashiko or boro stitcheries. When you’ve made one there is a great temptation to make another three or so.  Wendy will bring some examples, and we will discuss design ideas before she demonstrates sewing one.

Please bring a notebook to jot down the pattern dimensions.

As always, bring something for show and tell – something that you have bought, or made, or you are working on.

sashiko-book-cover

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Small Japanese Projects – 24 August

August 19, 2016 | Posted in Japanese, Meetings | By

The Small Japanese Projects group next meets in the Canberra Quilters room on Wednesday 24 August from 10am until 12 noon.

The project for the day is a chrysanthemum drawstring bag. Instruction will be provided by member Karen M.

Chrysanthemum bag_1 Chrysanthemum bag_2

Here is the requirements list, and as instructed at the end you can do some preparation beforehand if you wish.

  • 25cm patterned fabric for outside of bag ( can be cotton or silk)
  • 25 cm coordinating fabric for lining
  • 2 x 40cm light cords, ribbons or sashiko thread for drawstrings
  • 4 beads large enough to thread cords through
  • Coordinating Sewing threads, needles, pins etc

If everyone wants to do a little before the class they can cut a 9 1/2″ square from both fabrics and sew around them (right sides together) a 1/4″ seam leaving a 1 1/2″ opening. Turn right side out, slip stitch closed and press lightly. The rest will be completed on the day.

This meeting is followed by the drop-in until 4pm, incorporating the Lucy Boston interest group.

 

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