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Natural Rhythms Kimono Poncho

4 day workshop with Nancy Ballesteros
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Materials List & Homework

We will learn how use the Fibonacci design principal to create a Kimono Poncho. It can have either structured linear lines or a more rhythmical organic pattern. There is a fabric collar which is attached at the end. Very basic sewing skills will be needed. Practical Colour Theory will also be covered. Come with an open mind and spirit for learning new techniques of working with WET wool while learning to felt great superfine nuno.

Homework before Class:
  • For a bit of fun and inspiration you can go on-line to Pinterest and look up ‘Stripes Fashion, Stripes Art, Stripes Rugs’, Quilters like Nancy Crow and Gee’s Bends are inspiring, books on rugs, and fashion designers like Issey Miyake. Find stripe and rhythmical patterns that inspire you! Bring a photocopy of your favorite(s), or store pictures on your phone/tablet.
  • Another fun tool is the ‘Random Stripe Generator’ located at: http://www.biscuitsandjam.com/stripe_maker.php Have a play, it is loads of fun and very inspiring! Choose the ‘Stripe Widths Allowed” as 1,2,3,5,8,13.
  • http://www.colourlovers.com (go to Colour This Pattern) for a fun play with colour and stripes.
Fabric: I would suggest either Silk Mesh (114cm wide) or Silk Chiffon (114 or 140cm wide). The slippery shinier fabrics like Pongee, Habotai or Paj are too difficult for this technique for your first time. Note: I made a sample piece using the Margilan Excelsior silk fabric (the heaviest weight) and it just didn’t appear to be sturdy enough for a garment of this size.
114cm wide Fabric Choice:
Silk Mesh or Silk Chiffon (you will need to source 114cm Silk Chiffon from other supplier), 114cm wide, 4.5 -5.5 momme. You can purchase the Silk Mesh from Treetops at: https://treetopscolours.com.au/product-category/silk/silk-fabric/silk-mesh-fabric/.
Average: 5 metres
Tall (over 180cm): 6 metres

If you have chosen a fabric that is 114cm wide, you will need to also purchase fabric for the collar. I suggest using the following fabrics as the Silk Mesh is not appropriate for a collar.
Fabric for Collar:
Silk Chiffon (4.3-6momme) 70cm x 140cm cm wide. This fabric can be purchased from Treetops at: https://treetopscolours.com.au/product-category/silk/silk-fabric/wide-chiffon-fabric/chiffon-wide-4-3mm/ or you can bring your own.
Paj (4.5-6momme) 1.4m x 114cm wide. You can use Paj Silk for the collar if you would like it to be made from a more lustrous fabric. Most Paj comes in 114cm width; therefore, we will piece the collar together at the back of the neck. You can also purchase this from Treetops at: https://treetopscolours.com.au/product-category/silk/silk-fabric/paj-silk-fabric/colour-marks/, or you can bring our own.

140cm wide Fabric Choice:
Silk Chiffon, 140cm wide, 4.3-6momme. From Treetops you can purchase 4.3mm Chiffon at: https://treetopscolours.com.au/product-category/silk/silk-fabric/wide-chiffon-fabric/chiffon-wide-4-3mm/ . or you can bring your own.
Average: 5.7 metre
Tall (over 180cm): 6.7 metre
Collar: The fabric has been included in the above measurement

PLEASE NOTE: We won’t have time (it takes a five day class) to cover using the pre-felt cut-outs shown in this particular burgundy designed poncho. However, if you really want to add these extra elements you will need to come with your prefelts already laided out and rolled fairly firmly.

Silk Hankies: 15-25gm in any coordinating colours – optional

Wool: Superfine Merino Tops, 18-19 micron totalling 500gms.

1. Bring 3-5 Analogous colours (these are similar colours that lie next to each other on the colour wheel).
Here are some ideas of how to choose Analogous colours:
  1. Bring three-five colours sitting next to each other on the colour wheel. For example bring a Red, a Red-Orange and an Orange.
  2. Bring tints & shades a one colour. For example Blue - bring a light blue, mid blue and dark blue.
  3. Bring a multi-coloured wool top which contains one of the Analogous colours, plus two other Analogous solid colours.
  1. Bring 1-2 Neutral colours (ie colours like: greys, browns, beiges, creams, taupe, black) that look good with your Analogous colours. If you understand undertones, make sure the undertone of the neutral matches your analogous colours. For example if there is yellow in your orange, bring a neutral that has a yellow undertone. If you don’t understand undertones, bring what you have and you will learn how to use undertones.
  2. Bring 1-2 Highlight colours. Use the compliment of your Analogous colours (this colour sits opposite it on the colour wheel). Very little of these colours are needed. You can also throw in some random unexpected colour that you would like and we will see how it works.
ANALOGous COLOurs - The analogous colours are groups of two or three colour (sometimes up to five colours) that sit next to each other on the colour wheel. Analogous colours usually feel harmonious.
Here are a couple of examples of what the above formula could look like
Ok – Don’t panic! If all your good intentions fail – just bring your stash!

General Class Requirements:
  • Bubble wrap:
    • Average Size Garment: 3m x 1m wide
    • Tall Size: 3.5m x 1m wide
  • FOUR Painters Plastic Drop sheets 1 mil (25um) thick. Don’t bring BLUE! I have good ones to for sale on my website that are a good thickness, not too thin.
    • Average Size Garment 3.0 m x 120cm wide – bring four pieces cut this size
    • Tall Size Garment 3.5m x 120cm wide – bring four pieces cut to this size
  • TWO Pool noodle or PCV pipe: 1 metre x diameter approximately 6cm
  • 1 metre Tape measure - preferably plastic coated (one that you don’t mind getting wet or marking on).
  • Scissors you don’t mind using to cut wet wool
  • Waterproof apron (optional but recommended)
  • Ball Brauser or Sprinkling water bottle (you can poke fine holes in the lid of 2lt milk bottle with a hot fine needle)
  • 2 lt (2-quart) plastic container (Rubbermaid, or plastic ice cream container) to hold water
  • Small Bucket (optional)
  • Olive Oil Soap bar
  • Towels - bring several, at least 3-4!!
  • Several ties for rolling bundle – I use no-roll elastic or old hoisery
  • Micro cloths – a MUST! Bring SEVERAL, at least 4!!!!!
  • Table Leg Raisers if you need them, FeltWest has some to use.
  • Notebook/pencil
  • Name tag
  • Lunch/water
Fulling Equipment:
  • Corrugated Fulling Surfaces–firm blue pool bubble wrap (used for covering spa’s to keep the heat in). I like clipping mine inside an oil drip tray (see photo). I have some that I picked up on the verge, so I can bring this to share.
  • Other things are possible (see photos) but this is a very large garment and its difficult to work with such small fulling equipment.
  • Matchstick Blind are useful once the piece has begun to shrink some. You can purchase these are Spotlight.
  • Heavy rolling pin for fulling (optional) – marble ones are good too – we can share. I have a couple I can bring.
  • Plain wooden dowel rod or small diameter pvc pipe. Approximately 2-3cm (1 inch) diameter. Length: aprrox. 50 to 75cm long (20”-30”). This will be used as a fulling tool.
  • Non-slip matt (optional) – very useful for putting under these tools so they don’t slide.
  • Sander (optional), only if it is battery powered.