Monday, 17 October 2011

Japanese Patchwork......

At the weekend I attended my monthly sewing class, we had a visit from Katie from Japan Crafts. It was a great day we learnt how to make 2 different versions of Japanese folded patchwork. Katie provided all the lovely fabric. Ok so I couldnt resist buying a few more fat quarters. The photograph above shows the back of the hexagon version. The reverse side is on the photo below as it makes a stunning star design (right).

The other folded patchwork was made from a larger circle with a square in the centre. We hand sewed the pieces, which was very relaxing.  I forgot to mention, if you make lots of these folded patchwork units, it can be made into a bag....a girl can never have too many bags!!

In the afternoon we had a go at making  Kimekomi Japanese fabric balls using Christmas fabrics. All you need is a batch of pretty fabric scraps, a smooth Styrofoam ball, a few dabs of glue, and a length of cord or ribbon. You can complete the simplest patterns in about an hour.  At end of the day the ladies let me photograph their lovely work, wow.... we had been very productive!
I could not resist playing with this close up of the Temari balls, it would make a great Christmas card, unfortunately only one of these belong to me (below, right) the rest belong to Katie who showed us how to make 3 different designs.
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