What do you see? Stars or tumbling blocks? This is a fabric optical illusion called triaxial weaving. Instead of being woven with just warp and weft, the fabric strips are woven at 3 different angles. A fun ‘no sew’ project!
This weaving technique has been around for a long time and is now making a comeback in the quilting world. Instead of using grasses to make a basket, we’ll use fabric strips to create a unique piece of ‘fabric’ that you can then use in a project. We’ll make a sample approximately 10” x 10” in class and talk about different ways that you can creatively incorporate this technique into your quilting or bag making.
3 Fat Quarters OR this sample is a great way to use up your scraps!
*I would suggest for your first project using 3 different color ways. At the end of the supply list please refer to how to cut and prepare your fabric before class.
Interfacing (SF 101works great), a piece at least 11” x 11”
Portable, padded pressing surface that you can pin into, such as June Tailor’s Cut ’n Press board, 12” x 12” or larger.
*If you do not have something to use, I have prepared boards the correct size for this project using mat board that you can purchase, please let us know if you need one so we can be sure that there are enough for everyone.
1/2” Bias Tape Maker
Pins- lots of them!
Wefty Needle– a tool available at Nana’s that helps with the weaving process. Another option is a bodkin, cut the Wefty Tool is flat and easier to use.
That Purple Thang and a stiletto or awl (optional, but I have found helpful)
***Before class, please prepare your fabric strips. If you are unsure of how to use a bias tape maker, come in ahead of time and we’ll help you.
(If you’d prefer to use raw edge strips, that’s fine too, just cut your strips 1/2”. Batiks would work great for raw edge since they’re tightly woven and won’t fray as much)
– Press your fabrics with Best Press
– Out of each of the 3 color ways, cut (20) 1” x 18” strips
– The fabric stips do not have to be on the bias for this project.
– Press your strips with Best Press again and use the bias tape maker to make 1/2” strips