Fabric Bowls

Making coiled fabric bowls is a textile project I love. Bowls are something different and artsy.

There is a peaceful rhythm to making them and yet it's fun too.

Many people have expressed interest in learning to create a coiled fabric bowl. So, it's a featured workshop at upcoming retreats. Plus, a stand-alone workshop has been developed. But, I thought I'd give you a bit of an insight with the following photos:

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I start with cutting 1" strips.

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Then I wrap the strips around cording. I have used various cording sizes and sometimes I have used clothesline. The cording below is the widest width I've used to date.

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When plenty of cording is wrapped, I start stitching into a bowl.

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I have found that 100 % Perle Cotton thread works the best and creates the sturdiest bowls.

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These spools are an ounce of thread that I got at a local felt and yarn shop. But, the threads below work just as well.

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I have made bowls that are circular, oval and heart shaped. It's all in manipulating the cording.

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When I'm happy with the size of the bowl's base, I start to build the sides.

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Finishing and embellishing the fabric bowls comes together as the bowl is being shaped. For this one, I loved the birds, bees, butterflies and dragonflies on the cream colored fabric. After cutting out a design, I stitched the fabric on to felt and then on to the bowl.

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Here's one more I recently made in an oval shape where I stitched the fabric coil on the front and added a ceramic flower button.

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Interested in more information about hosting a workshop with Sew and Sew Retreats? Click on this link to see the workshops currently being offered: WORKSHOPS

Too see more finished bowls, go to Linda Sweek Designs: BOWLS


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