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Bias. What’s not to like?

biastowear2Indeed. The Bias to Wear workshop is now over but I leave you with a few photos of the great afternoon.  This bias technique for clothing was one I learnt recently at Saori in Japan. Its beauty isn’t the fact that you can make bias clothing, of course you can in many ways. For me it’s the calculation of the length of fabric needed based on your woven fabric width and the easy process to begin building the bias ‘blank’. This builds the initial form with no wastage or fancy scissor work.

From this point the magic of styling and designing can begin in your own way.  Narrow cloth or wide the stitching works in the same way every time. For example a bias ‘blank’ for a poncho style of garment will require 3.62 metres of cloth in a woven finished width of 28cms. After working that calc  you can relax into the weaving like with assurance about the woven length you’ll need.


We all had a bit of fun stitching a small hat sized bias ‘blank’ in calico to get the idea.

We reviewed how to stitch up the seams on our handwovens to keep away the frays and CUT the fabric. Yes, cutting is part of it, you need armholes and neck openings even if you don’t cut off any fabric in the process.

What can you make. Well anything. Tops, jackets, dresses, pants, skirts, hats and even bags. Bias cut just makes everything drape and fit better and angles the fabric to make stripes diagonals rather than vertical or horizontal.

bias2Although it was a short two hour workshop I think we covered a very good start and what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than thinking about clothing and weaving, designing cutting and sharing experiences together. Thank you to Dominique, Susie, Emily, Marilyn and Michelle.bias4bias1

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  1. Marilyn Rutledge #

    Thanks so much Kaz for another great workshop. Thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and we were all very spoilt with your delicious afternoon tea.
    Looking forward to the next workshop. Love my poncho thank you so very much.
    Cheers, Marilyn.

    January 30, 2017
  2. Michelle #

    Thank you so much, Kaz! I had a great afternoon and learnt so much. You made learning a new technique so easy and fun, especially for someone who’s a newbie to hand weaving. And thanks for linking in my clothing label 🙂

    February 18, 2017
  3. Emily #

    Thank you Kaz! It was a wonderful afternoon and amazing to have learnt so much in such a short period of time. And it was fun as well! Brilliant all around.

    February 19, 2017

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