In the craft room 2nd November 2013
This Saturday I had arranged a Kimekomi workshop as a change from card making
My daughter and I became addicted to Kimekomi a couple of years ago and have made balls of all sizes for weddings, babies ,Halloween and of course Christmas. Kimekomi is also how the craft room came about after Lisa asked if I could show her and her friend Jackie how to make the balls. That was nearly two years ago now and they both still come round most Saturday afternoons.
Kimekomi for the uninitiated originated in Japan with wooden dolls carved with grooves so the edges of the fabric for the clothing could be tucked in. This has now evolved over time and we now tend use polystyrene balls to create decorative balls and baubles for home décor, they also make lovely gifts and keepsakes or all occasions.
Today though we were making Christmas baubles
The first thing the class had to do was to choose the colours and materials they wanted to use – decisions, decisions – half an hour later we were ready to start.
Kimekomi is actually quite simple to do if you follow the basic steps
1, mark out your ball and cut the grooves.
2. cut out fabric pattern pieces and cover the ball tucking in the edges into the grooves.
3. Finish ball with decorative trim, beads and sequins as required
As you can see below the ladies in the class were totally engrossed in their work only stopping for a quick cuppa and a cup cake.
Each went home totally addicted with 2 finished balls and the materials to complete a third one in their own time. though I think they will be making more than one as the conversation during the afternoon included ideas for Christmas presents and wedding gifts.
As it is nearly Guy Fawkes night I decided to treat them to chocolate and marshmallow cup cakes this week. The recipe was from bakingmad.com, (they do have some good recipes and easy to make) I did find with this recipe that I needed to add a little more milk to both the sponge mix and the icing but apart from that they worked a treat and seemed to go down rather well too.
I have put a set of basic instructions on my templates page which includes the pattern pieces for the material if you would like to give it a try.
For anyone wanting to take it further there is a very useful book by Barbara B Suess and Kathleen M Hewitt called Japanese Kimekomi (fast, fun, and fabulous fabric handballs) Available on Amazon for about £12.00