Sunday, 27 July 2014

Japanese Meshwork Needs List

Japanese Meshwork
Tutor Shirley Mooney
Meshwork is the Japanese art of weaving with strips.  With this weaving you can create the illusion of a miniature quilt.  In this a one day class, students will prepare strips and then weave them into two designs allocated for this class.  

First design will be a two colour way standard weave and the second a three colour way weave which will create a tumbling block appearance. All directions for the blocks shown in sampler (right) are included in the class notes.

Many cultures have their own weaving designs, so once you have learned the basics, you will be able to experiment with your other designs.  Your finished pieces can be included into a quilt (as per my example) or made into a bag, purse or needle holder, coaster etc.

Needs List
Rotary cutter, cutting board and ruler
Clover 5mm fusible web – 1 packet contains 1 roll
Clover bias tool size 9mm (purple in colour)
Clover Appliqué pins (used to hold down your strips).
Clover Bodkin – (twin set) grabs and holds the fabric while you weave it.
Fine scissors –embroidery scissors ok.
Cork pin board.  61 x41cm approx (Warehouse stationary) with eight flat tacks.  Please don't use floor tiles or any cork product that has a backing.  You will have difficulty pushing in your pins and they will not stay in.
Chalk or biro to mark your fabric.
Small ruler with 60deg angle (if you have one).

Background - cut two  7" squares.  These will be your backing fabric. Choose a fabric that will compliment your weaving fabrics.
Weaving fabrics - Choose three really strong contrasting colours i.e. black, white and red.
One 20cm strip (full width from the bolt) for each fabric is preferable however fat quarters are ok (but do create a bit of waste).  If you are unsure of your choice then bring additional fabrics.
Batiks and fabrics that change colour can look really stunning and even check out your ugly fabrics.  Some batiks have product residue on the surface (these will need to be washed) and please avoid fabric with lots of metallic paint.   
Clover tools are the best for meshwork because they are fine (not chunky or clumsy), well made and less taxing on the hands.  They do cost a little bit more than other brands however once you have them - you have them for life (provided you don't loose them).  I have had mine now for 10 years.

Clover tape comes in two widths 5mm and 10mm.  Please make sure you purchase the 5mm tape and the larger roll (some shops stock only the smaller rolls of which you will require two).  Other branded tapes are 6mm wide and will not fit in your bias maker.
Applique pins.  Clover pins have firm oval tops which are easier to use than other brands which have flat tops.  Believe me - I have had students nearly in tears due to the pain in their fingers using lace and applique pins with flat metal heads.
Bodkins are traditionally used for threading elastic or cord.  There are several different types - some look like big needles (we cant use these ones). Clover sell their bodkins in a duo pack. One has a claw used for gripping your fabric, the other has a loop so you can tie on yarn and weave.  Again other brands are larger and chunkier.

Join the class and Lets mesh.

1 comment:

  1. Shirls I have a few of each still at Made on Marion - if anyone comes to get tape or bodkins for your class they can have a 15% discount, love from me!


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