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« on: July 19, 2005 02:37:22 PM »

It's addictive.  I've made at least 20 fabric bowls.  Linda Johannson's book tells you how to do it "Fun, Fast & Easy Fabric Bowls."  Here are a few recent bowls.



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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2005 09:09:39 PM »

COOL! but i don't quite understand how your fabric is seemingly defying the very laws of gravity?!? did you use some sorta stiffener? please explain... Huh

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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2005 05:13:48 AM »

Wow these are so pretty!!   Smiley

« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2005 05:28:41 AM »

Bedcadet, Johansen recommends machine quilting.  I've found that the shape of the bowl and the fabric often suggest quilt patterns.  Some are just free-hand squiggles; some are straight rows of stitching.  Some I've taken from Celtic designs, sashiko, or other continuous patterns. 

The applique in the center of the round bowl is part of the basic instructions in the book.  

Tygra, the bowls are stiffened with a fusible interfacing - very, very heavy duty.  The book recommends Timtex or Peltex.  Both are almost 1/8" thick and are fusible on both sides.  So you can iron fabric onto both sides of it, then make the bowl.  You can use a non-fusible, then use Wonder Under to fuse the fabric to the interfacing.  But I can't see making extra steps.  I'm now buying TimTex 5 or 6 yards at a time! 

Bowls are all reversible - you can put either side out.  Pictures 3 and 4 are the same bowl, flipped to the other side.

My "improvement" is that the book explains how to finish the edges with tight zig-zag stitches over a cord.  I sometimes do that.  But sometimes
    1.  I leave an extra 1" all around on one of the fabrics; turn under half of the excess; fold it over the edge and stitch it down, or
    2.  Use a bias binding all around to finish the edge.

Once you make a couple of these, you can see all sorts of possibilities.  You could embroider some fabric before you make a bowl.  You can patch together fabrics.  You do the quilting in a strong contrast color to make it more of a design element. 

I'd love to provide a tutorial, but the technique is really owned by Linda Johansen. ( I misspelled her name in my first post).  In addition to "Fun, Fast & Easy Fabric Bowls", she also wrote "Fun, Fast & Easy Fabric Boxes", and "Fun, Fast & Easy Irresists-a-Bowls".  The boxes are fun to make, but a lot more work than bowls and, IMHO, the bowls are more attractive.  The second bowl book adds more variations and techniques.  The first Bowl book was a very big seller, so you may be able to get it from a public library.  

I've got a bunch of templates now for square, round, octogan, and hexagon bowls in various sizes.  Some of the craft suppliers sell a heavy plastic template for bowls.  I bought it and now think it was a waste of money.  I don't want to stick with one shape and one size. 


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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2005 05:34:21 AM »

« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2005 08:47:56 PM »

What a cute idea!

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