Suzan88

It's way past dawn and still no sleep

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by , 08-02-2012 at 02:18 AM (527 Views)
I decided to go across to the Studio - skunk or no skunk - and I spent several hours getting my Rami Kim bag to the beading and quilting stage. Last weekend she said her six- hour class should really have been two days but even then I can't see how we could have finished the project. It took me a day to smock a piece of fabric less than 1/4 the area of the back of the bag and then there were pleats and tucks and fabric origami. Now I have to sew tiny beads at all the intersections of the tucks and pleats and on the hexagonal and square folded fabric sections too.
If you want to look at what I'm making it's item 6 on Rami's workshop list - the project is called The Fifth Dimension. http://www.ramikim.com/Pages/LecturesandWorkshops.aspx
Her version is in pale shades of aqua and pinks; mine is purples and oranges - the colours of a Mexican sunset. There are no directions for the actual structure of the bag - no pattern as such - not even in the book I bought from her. We were directed to look at the pictures on line and work it out from there. I wonder how many of those who took the class will finish the project if they have less time on their hands than I. I'm determined to complete it - it cost $60 for the class and quite a lot for the batiks and beads so I don't want it turning into a UFO. I'm not sure yet if it's for me or for a present for someone else. It's a glorified tote really that I might improve on with inside zipped pockets and interesting hardware.

Updated 08-02-2012 at 10:01 AM by Suzan88

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  1. Yevcam's Avatar
    Let me share what I e-mailed a friend in June: The course description says you will finish a bag, but I will have another UFO. I have not had any time to get back to any of my class projects, but I am determined to finish that project. The beading will be the stumbling block, because if you thought the smocking was time consuming....We shared a table in Junk to Jems; I didn't realize you were also in Rami's class on Friday.
  2. Suzan88's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Yevcam
    Let me share what I e-mailed a friend in June: The course description says you will finish a bag, but I will have another UFO. I have not had any time to get back to any of my class projects, but I am determined to finish that project. The beading will be the stumbling block, because if you thought the smocking was time consuming....We shared a table in Junk to Jems; I didn't realize you were also in Rami's class on Friday.
    Hi Yevcam,

    I've only just noticed your response - I've been away.

    If I were being picky I would say there was no chance of a finished product at the class, not even in two days. It took me a week and I found that the course 'pattern' was useless without Rami being there to explain how things were supposed to go together. The picture on her website was too small to be of any use when printed out so I decided to make the bag as I would any other one and I modified the design to suit me. When you get around to completing yours I'd suggest strengthening the smocked area because it's heavier than the rest and tends to sag a bit. I'm pleased with how it's turned out now but you are right about the beading. There no were no suggestions re sizes so I had bought some that were unsuitable and had only four colors in two sizes that might work. I used very small orange ones on the larger pleated part, and at first I thought they wouldn't show up well on the purple I chose but they do. And I've used slightly larger ones on the hexagons - all cheapish craft ones from Jo-Ann's so I've no idea how long they will last. I bought the book but the pattern isn't in it. I don't think Rami has actually written a proper pattern for the whole thing - just a very brief handout - but then she didn't charge extra for one as the other two tutors I had did.

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