Small Japanese Projects – 24 January + drop in

January 23, 2018 | Posted in Japanese, member activity | By

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

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.

We will be making a bottle top pincushion.  Bring along a few scraps of fabric and a plastic bottle top, craft glue and your sewing kit. Karen will have toy fill and other bits and pieces.

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.

The meeting is followed by a drop-in until 4pm. The English Paper Piecing (EPP) group meets as part of the drop-in.

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Small Japanese Projects meeting – 22 November

November 20, 2017 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on 22 November, from 10am-noon, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub. It is the final meeting of the year, so please bring a small plate of food to share for a Christmas morning tea.

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.

Suzie Prado will then take us through the brooch making class.  Remember to bring your payment if you have ordered a brooch kit from Suzie.  Also sewing kit,  sashiko thread and small piece of fabric.

The meeting is followed by a drop-in until 4pm.

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Small Japanese Projects meeting- 25 October

October 22, 2017 | Posted in Japanese, Meetings | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on 25 October, 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 Anne Laffan will demonstrate how to make the machine stitched rope baskets with a Japanese twist that she showed at the last meeting. Bring along pen and paper to make notes.

If you want to have a go at making one yourself after the demonstration you will need to bring your machine, a hank of white cotton clothesline cord (Anne purchased hers at Bunnings), Japanese fabric, scissors, thread etc.

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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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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 – 25 January

January 23, 2017 | Posted in Meetings | By

The Small Japanese Projects group resumes meeting this Wednesday morning from 10am until 12 noon, in the Canberra Quilters room at Cook Community Hub.

The meeting will start with show & tell of all the things you have made (or purchased, discovered) since the last meeting.

The project that will be a Japanese biscornu (a small pin cushion or ornament). Di Ballantyne will be leading the demo. New co-ordinator Karen has sent out a requirements list to the usual participants. If you want to come along for a try, here is what you need to bring:

  • 2 coordinating squares of fabric both of which are the same size and measure somewhere between 3½” square up to 7” square. (Charm squares also work for this project).
  • Usual sewing supplies (Biscornu’s can be assembled by hand or by machine).
  • To finish your biscornu, you will need stuffing and any decorations that you might like to add once assembled.

Biscornu is French word meaning ‘quirky’ and within the world of stitchers, usually means a small eight-sided pillow. These little shapes can be used as pincushions, ornament decorations, scissor fobs, scent sachet, brooch pillow, or anything else. They can be very small through to larger sizes, depending on the size of the fabric squares that you start with, and of course the intended end purpose. Here is an image:

 

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