Kitchen Surface Design

Julie B Booth
Surface Design News

A Newsletter dedicated to exploring the kitchen as a resource for surface design on fabric techniques.

Julie B Booth
Winter 2013 Class Schedule

December 8 & 9, 2012
A Story in the Making: Creating Story Cloth with Print and Stitch

January 16 - March 6
Exploring Surface Design

January 26
African Influences: Textile Inspirations

February 10
Wrapped Wire Animals
Jazzy: A Wrapped Doll with "Attitude"

I recommend these books!

A great book for those of you who want to thoroughly explore the Japanese tradition of Furoshiki (gift wrapping with fabric). I love the Table of Contents made up of tiny photographs of the finished gift wraps so you can go straight to the most appropriate wrap. Great step-by-step photographs on how to create the various wraps.

Another excellent book about Furoshiki. The chapters focus on wrapping different types of shapes such as boxes, bottles and baskets. I really liked the chapter on creating bags for everyday use e.g. shopping. There is a special chapter dedicated to designing your own fabric with a beautiful Gallery of wraps created with hand painted, dyed and printed fabrics by different fiber artists.

Special 100 Subscriber EXTRA

Thank You!

A Personal Note from Julie

December 1, 2012

To celebrate reaching one hundred Newsletter subscribers, I've put together a Julie B Booth Surface Design News Extra.

I want to thank you all for signing up. A special thanks to those of you who have emailed me to let me know how much you are enjoying the projects and learning new techniques. More special thanks go to those of you who live locally and have expressed your excitement and appreciation when our paths have crossed. This is truly a labor of love. I love surface design...I love experimenting...I love sharing! I also love hearing from you... so keep those emails coming (!

In Issue #7 of Julie B Booth Surface Design News, you were introduced to Furoshiki, the Japanese art of wrapping with squares of fabric. You can find out more about Furoshiki from the recommended books listed in the left hand column. In this Extra, you will learn one more Furoshiki wrap, this time how to wrap a small gift box in a 15" square of fabric. I used the fabrics created for Issue #7, but you can certainly use any 15" cotton or silk fabric square.

I've also included one more way to bundle your fabrics to give as a gift. This time it is in the form of a fabric cornucopia. I suggest using 15" cotton fabric squares for this project.

I hope you will continue your journey with me on this kitchen-inspired surface design adventure. Please feel free to forward the newsletter issues to others...perhaps encouraging them to subscribe as well.

And finally...

Here's wishing you and yours...


...this holiday season!


A Furoshiki Wrap and A Gift of Fabric

Basic Box Wrap
This wrap is the standard Furoshiki wrap. In Gift Wrapping with Textiles: Stylish Ideas from Japan, the author, Chizuko Morita refers to it as The Wrap for all Seasons (pg. 28).
Using a 15" square of fabric, this would be a good wrap for a small jewelry box. I used a box that was 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 1".

1. Place the 15" square with the painted side face down (wrong side face up). The square should be positioned like a diamond. Think of the diamond as a compass with the bottom point as the south point. Place the box in the center of the diamond.

2. Pull the south point over the box and tuck it under.

3. Continue to flip the fabric-covered box over towards the north point until there is only a small flap of fabric left.

4. Fold the remaining fabric in, close to the box.

5. Bring the east and west points of the fabric back over the box and tie a square knot.

A Fabric Cornucopia
Here's another way to bundle your fabrics to present to your favorite fabric enthusiast. I came up with this arrangement by just playing around with the squares of fabric. I can imagine that this would look really nice with fabrics in different shades of the same color or analogous colors. You will need three to four cotton fabric squares. I used the 15" square fabrics I made for Issue #7 of Julie B Booth Surface Design News.

1. Place the 15" fabric square with the painted side face down (wrong side face up). The square should be positioned like a diamond. Think of the diamond as a compass with the bottom point as the south point.

2. Fold the south and north points to the center of the diamond.

3. Bring the flat sides (north/south) created by the previous folds to the center again.

4. Fold the flat sides to the center, once again.

5. Grab one end of the fabric tube about 5" from the end.

6.  Make an overhand knot.

7. Pull the knot tight.

8. Repeat steps 1 through 7 for the other fabric squares.

9. Start with two of your knotted fabrics. Choose one to be the bottom of the cornucopia. Spread it open near the knot and nestle in the knot of the second fabric.

10. The third fabric nestles into the second fabric and the fourth fabric nestles into the third. Pull the fabric folds to cover up the knots.

11. Here is the finished fabric cornucopia!

Coming Up In the Next Issue:
In Issue #8 of Julie B Booth Surface Design News
we celebrate the New Year with Recycled Resolutions. Save your gift wrap and ribbons and stay tuned!

Issue #8 comes out on Saturday, December 22.


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