Tuesday, December 20, 2011

bows bows bows

                                           :*.;".*・;・We wish you a Merry Christmas ・;・*.";.*:


Monday, November 28, 2011

We joined Tsunami Relief Volunteer Tour

Daiske and I visited Shichigahama, Miyagi, Japan on the weekend, volunteering
for one day. We left Yokohama at midnight and took a highway bus for 6 hours
to get there.

On the way to Shichigahama, we stopped by Matsushima.

The city is famous for its bay, which is dotted by many pine clad islets and
has been ranked one of Japan's three most scenic views.

Matsushima was hit by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11. Damage was not
as devastating as elsewhere along the coast. Shops and hotels in the city
have reopened now.





452 volunteers got together from all over Japan on Saturday at Shichigahama
volunteer center which was opened for a community center before 3.11.



 
We were assigned to clean up clutter on the ground of someone's property whose
house was attacked and destroyed completely by the tsunami.






As volunteer beginners, we are not sure how much we could help them within a
day but we'd like to visit the north again and report the process of
restoration through this blog.








Thursday, November 17, 2011

DIY: how to make a fabric bow tie - super easy version -

You'll need at least 8 x 8 inch fabric swatch to make a bow tie for the Christmas ornament as shown in this picture.

Cut the fabric swatch in 2 pieces. One is 5 x 3 inch and the other is 1.5 x 8 inch


gather the center 
scotch tape the center
tie a knot with the other piece        

                                                 attach a thin wire or thread on the back

                                                                   
                                                                         DONE!











Monday, November 7, 2011

DIY: wicker basket

I happened to find a trial class of wicker crafting at my favorite cafe last month.

I called my friend and we decided to join the class, hoping to make
our own cute baskets like the "ebagos bags" we love so much!
Making a wicker bag looked like it would be as simple and easy as
weaving, BUT the hard thing was to find the right type of branch. Our
instructor had soaked a bunch for a couple of days for us, in order to
soften the branches for the weaving process. The right branch has to
be hard and thick for the warp part and soft for the weft in order to
weave easily...

Anyhow the instructor gave us a ton of help and, thanks to her
patience and kind instruction, we finally were able to make a decent
looking basket:)
Our goal is to assemble them with fabric bags so that we can enjoy
several styles throughout the season.





Saturday, October 29, 2011

Open!!

We are so excited to announce that the "frumafar." website is now open!!
Thank you so much, Rachel at Ironwood design studio.

We'll keep updating with our new fabrics and activities in Japan.
Sometimes our posts might not have anything to do with fabrics but we'd like to keep sharing our love for any kind of hand crafting:)






Mariko

Friday, July 1, 2011

リバーシブル コットントート(A4サイズ)

今回使用する布
表布:frumafar.オリジナル "BIRD mint" 45 x 52 cm
内布:チェック&ストライプ リネン混ダンガリー あずきみるく 45 x 52cm 


(1)
裁断図を参考に表布と内布を裁断する


左:表布(frumafar. )                 右:内布(Check&Stripe)


(2)
持ち手を作る
縫い代を折ってアイロンをかける



(3)
持ち手の表布と内布を重ねて縫い合わせる



(4)
袋部分に持ち手を挟み縫い付ける


*この時持ち手と袋部分の表布と内布の面に注意!

持ち手の面と袋の面を合わせる


(5) (6)
口部分を中心に左右に布を広げ、縫い代を割りアイロンをかける



(7)
袋部分の三辺を縫い、返し口を縫い残す

返し口を10cmほど残して縫う


(8)
 返し口より表に返し形を整える



角は針を使って形を整える



(9)
返し口を手縫いで閉じて、口部分にぐるっと一周ミシンをかけて出来上がり




完成!


*余った布でクルミボタンやリボンを作ってバックのアクセサリーにしてみましょう