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

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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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Small Japanese Projects – 27 July

July 22, 2016 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is Wednesday, 27 July in the CQ room, from 10am until 12 noon.

knot bag

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.

 

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Small Japanese Projects – 22 June

June 18, 2016 | Posted in Japanese, Meetings | By

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.

 

 

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Japanese Projects meeting – 27 April

April 24, 2016 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting is on Wednesday 27 April in the CQ  room, from 10am until 12 noon.

Convener Wendy will demonstrate how to make a small traditional drawstring bag. It’s the perfect canvas for using some of your lovely Japanese patchwork fabrics. Or for doing some sashiko – or using a sashiko panel that you have already stitched. It’s just right for shibori or hitomezashi.

Wendy will also show you ways that Japanese designers use patterns on part of the bag, to make them look more interesting. You might want to bring a notepad to sketch design ideas.

No equipment is needed as it is a demonstration. Hopefully you will go home inspired to do your own creative take on the bag.

drawstring bag_2 drawstring bag_1

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Small Japanese Projects- 23 March

March 20, 2016 | Posted in Japanese, Meetings | By

The next get together of the Small Japanese Projects group is this Wednesday, from 10am until 12 noon. This is followed by the drop-in until 4pm, incorporating the Lucy Boston interest group.

Here is a message from Wendy H, detailing the project you will be working on – a small cicada purse.

At this month’s get together I thought we would talk about how to use all those small scraps of Japanese silks we have been collecting over the years.  So bring your ideas and lots of examples for show & tell. We can use some of these scraps to make a bag in the shape of a cicada (thank you Yvonne).  See mine below.  It is all hand sewn and I did find it a little fiddly but I got there in the end :).  It’s not as quick as the pinecones we made last month so you will have to finish at home (Easter project?)

Measurements: There are 2 sizes : Large, 12cm long x 7cm wide and small, 11cm x 5.5cm.  Seam allowances are not included on pattern pieces.  Need to add 6mm when cutting out.  I chose to make the large size.

Materials needed to make purse include:

  • scraps of at least 4 different silks, more if you want to make the upper body striped.  I think my fabrics are a little dark so you may want to choose some with more contrast.  It can also be made using cottons.
  • Templastic or cardboard to make pattern (or you can use the pattern I have already made)
  • Thread to match fabrics, needles & usual sewing equipment
  • Sandpaper – used to hold slippery silks while tracing pattern – I will bring 2 sandpaper boards
  •  Fabric marking pen, pencil etc
  •  Small amount of batting, stuffing or cotton wool (to stuff eyes)
  • thin cord/ribbon for drawstring (.9m)
  • safety pin

cicada purse

Look forward to seeing those who can make it on Wednesday to make a little cicada purse and share ideas for other projects using silk.


 

 

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Japanese Projects- Wednesday 24 Feb

February 21, 2016 | Posted in Japanese, Meetings | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group will be this Wednesday in the CQ room, from 10am until 12 noon.

This month Karen will be showing how to make folded fabric pinecones. Here is the requirements list and some tasks to complete ahead of the meeting:

  • 90mm foam egg
  • Sequin pins (at least 120)
  • White glue that dries clear
  • Lid from jar ( to hold small amount of glue)
  • Lightweight cotton fabric (works best with pattern that has a bit of movement and different shades and sizes within it).

Foam eggs and sequin pins are in stock at Riot Crafts in the Belconnen Mall
To save time:

  • precut approx 60 (not 35 as in previous version of the post) 1 3/4″ fabric squares. Bring some extra fabric just in case you need more.
  • Iron the fabric squares in half to make triangles.

pinecones

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

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Small Japanese Projects- 27 January

January 22, 2016 | Posted in Japanese, Meetings | By

The first meeting of the year for the Small Japanese Projects Group is on Wednesday 27 January 10am until 12 noon, in the CQ room. Here is a message from convenor, Wendy:

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope this year brings you much joy, including enough time to sew and create lovely things. This month’s topic may surprise you: Hawaiian appliqué. There is a specific Japanese approach – a different colour range, and lots of charming little projects that will inspire you. I’ll be bringing some free sewing goodies to share with you, as a result of a cleanup. You can bring in the lovely projects you have been working on.
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