Two families leave China 100 years ago, This is a journal recording their passage, their so-journ in Borneo and then on to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, England and beyond. A fascinating account of how time and place have changed the members.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Making USA yo-yo quilting or Japanese Fabric embroidery.
Making rosettes or “Yo-Yo” . A pair of very sharp scissors, a round
shape like a can or CD disc to make your template. Trace out circles on
fabric. Fold over/hem at the edge and make neat tiny running stitch to
the entire edge. Gentle pull the thread to form gathers. You should get a
round rosette. To the Chinese, you will think they look like Cha Siew
Bao or Chinese roast buns.
When you have enough discs,
join them side by side to get strips and lastly join the strips so each
disc is attached at four ends.
I added a pair of reading glasses. When you reach half a century, you need glasses to make neat dainty stitches.
make tiny running stitch round the fabric before you pull the thread to make gathers.
Cut disc left, rosette right, the rosette is less than half the diameter.
a not too stiff material. My friend's top was made with silk cotton. If
you look at the red discs, the hole in the centre is too big. No good
for quilts, but ok for making toys. The lime green and purple material
is soft, so the gathering is done beautifully and the hole is very
small. For the bigger disc, I made lace disc to cover the big hole. You
can also make lace discs and use them to make hair accessories. These
ones are experimental ones, it was more than 25 years ago when I last
made them to make a clown.
I have been wanting to make these discs since Christmas. My colleague
wore this top to our Christmas function. At the collar of her top, were
these disc. It brought me back to my childhood. Known in USA as yo-yo
quilting or Japanese Fabric embroidery.