Friday, June 17, 2011

Kimono-block, a tutorial


A few weeks ago, I received this beautiful charm pack from the lovely Monica.


I really don’t know why, but these colours said “Kimono” to me. I’m always fascinated by the beautiful colours, fabrics and embroidery on Japanese Kimono’s. With these fabrics I thought I could make blocks with a bit contemporary kind of kimono.

So I started with drawing a square of 5 inches.


1/4 inch down of the top I drew another line, and 11/4 inch from both the left and the right side.


Then 11/2 inch down of the second line, I drew two lines for the sleeves.


The  basic shape of the kimono is now ready. I decided that you would see the kimono on the back, but that the front panels should be seen too.

So from the bottom corners I marked a point at 1 inch. And from there lines were drawn to the opposite corners.



Holding the ruler along these lines, you can draw the collar.


And there you have it; a basic pattern for a kimono-block.


Because I wanted to use a few more fabrics per block, I thought it would be nice to make two kimono’s, overlapping each other.


Perfect for paper piecing:




Groetjes, Dorien


Monique said...

Ook al snap ik er niks van, ik vind het knap!

Groetjes, Monique

Simone de Klerk said...

Wat een schatjes!
Paper piecing is gewoon echt niets voor mij. Ik heb het al vaker geprobeerd, maar op de een of andere manier komt het altijd in een hoek terecht en ben ik daarna geheel gefrustreerd ;o)
Je hebt een goede manier met kleuren!