While working on a paper origami project not long ago, I decided to test it out on fabric. After making several folded squares, I realized they reminded me somewhat of the "foursie" units one has to stitch together for cathedral windows. Naturally, this made me wonder what my square would look like if I tucked a patch of fabric inside the folds. Hmmm...rather pretty. Even prettier, though, was the three-dimensional etched and embossed star pattern that emerged in the center when I sewed four of the squares together. Voila! The Tanabata block was born.
This pattern is a "primer," designed to teach you the process of folding the block. You will learn how to make two different block variations -- the Altair and the Vega design -- and will then be shown how to sew four completed blocks into a lovely 19x19-inch candle mat for your dining table. (You can also use the Tanabata block for all kinds of other fiber arts projects: pillows, wall hangings, purses, pockets, applique, and more.) Visit our website for plenty of samples and tips.
This pattern is 16 pages, and is designed to be printed on 8.5x11-inch paper on landscape (sideways) setting. The pattern also includes links to our video tutorials on YouTube.
Loom&Essence is a cottage industry comprised of me (in my cottage) and my never-ending curiosity about fabric manipulations such as folding, slashing, and twisting. When I discover a new way (or a ...
Loom&Essence is a cottage industry comprised of me (in my cottage) and my never-ending curiosity about fabric manipulations such as folding, slashing, and twisting. When I discover a new way (or a better way) to create something, I love to chronicle the creative process so that others can share in the fun.
In my line of work, I provide publishing, design, and editing services for other fiber artists looking to bring their creations to market. But I am happiest when creating my own designs to share with family, friends, and customers.
I'm located in Amesbury, Massachusetts, the eastern gateway to the historic Merrimac Valley textile region, 38 miles north of Boston and minutes away from the seacoast destination of Newburyport.