The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on 28 March, 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. If you have finished your fabric and paper beads from last month please make sure you wear or bring them to show.
At this month’s meeting we are going to try our hand at Kumihimo braiding. Convenor Karen has provided a photo of one that she made previously. Some of you will also have done this in the past and have the required disk.
Requirement List for the project is:
- 1 Bead Smith Kumihimo Disc KD600 ( Karen will bring along the ordered ones)
- 2 mm Rattail cord. Beadbarn and Addicted to Fabric have it. This can be made up of either:
- :12 metres of 1 colour for plain braid or
- : 6 metres each of 2 colours or
- : 3 metres each of 4 colours for multi coloured braids.
- 8 plastic drinking straws
- 8 embroidery floss notched storage cards to wrap each cord onto.
- 1 small plastic bag and coins or weights to keep cord taut.
- 50 cm cord or string to hang the bag of weights on.
The meeting is followed by a drop-in until 4pm. The English Paper Piecing (EPP) group meets as part of the drop-in.
The next meeting is on Saturday 11 November, 1-4pm, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub. Continuing the exploration of Design Elements by exploring Laura Kemshall’s method of tracing to replace drawing … see her video https://www.designmatterstv.com/tracing/
Buffy will bring tracing paper. Please bring markers, thick to thin and a black and white photocopy of something you would like to trace, a still life would be good for this.
Please bring any other show & tell, books, magazines and websites.
Quilt in banner is Affinity 1 by Carolyn Sullivan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Art Quilters meeting is this Saturday, 8 October, in the CQ room at Cook. The meeting runs from 1-4pm.
Bring along show & tell, as well as books and magazines, info on websites that you would like to share with the group.
Member Laraine will be leading the mini workshop, which is all about slow stitching and hidden objects. If you would like to join in, here is the requirements list:
1. Material for the top – can be square, rectangle, even round if you wish (I cut my top, backing and batting each at 6 1/2″ square but you can make yours any size you want)
2. Material for the backing (same size as above piece)
3. Batting (again same size as above and I used a left over piece of bamboo quilt batting))
4. Objects for “hiding” (I used a few buttons of different sizes, safety pins and a shower curtain hook.
4. Needle and cotton for basting items to the batting.
5. Coloured thread of your choice for hand stitching the three layers together (I used a selection of different coloured DMC stranded cottons which I will bring with me just in case.
6. Some pins would be handy to hold the layers together while you work.
Here is an image of Laraine’s work:
The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is Wednesday, 27 July in the CQ room, from 10am until 12 noon.
Come along to find out how to make these charming bags. They only take two seams, based on the clever pattern that we will draw up together. The size of the bags can easily be adapted to your needs. Make a present very special by putting it in a bag like this.
If you have one of these bags, please bring it along to show us. To make the pattern in our workshop, you will need
- at least 3 pieces of A4 paper
- pencil or pen
- sticky tape
- ruler. A quilter’s square ruler is best, but any ruler is fine.
The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on Wednesday, 22 June in the CQ room from 10am until 12 noon.
The small project being worked is a small quilted hexie pouch by Cica Mora and Elena Mora. A free tutorial is available through PatternPile.com You need to use Google translator as the original pattern is from Brazil, in Portugese. Patricia will be leading the group.
The Art Quilters are meeting this Saturday, from 1-4 pm in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub.
Please bring along show & tell as well as any books, mags or websites of interest.
Buffy will be leading a mini-workshop based on the work of Karin Olah – collage on canvas. Here is a link to her website and another link to a Vimeo video called Revelation of Process: Karin Olah. It is 8.5 minutes long.
For the mini- workshop you will need to bring:
- a canvas … this can just be a small one since this is just an exercise.
- fabric scraps … maybe limiting your scraps to two colour runs and neutrals (white, black, etc) will help us to focus a bit.
- Buffy will bring the rice paste but you can bring something to smooth the fabric down to the canvas … can be an old credit card or rewards card.
- And of course, we want to protect the tables- so papers/ plastic cloth.