Triaxial Weaving Workshop


By Judith on April 1, 2021
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At the end of this month I will be teaching my Triaxial Weaving workshop for Crafty Monkies.

I first taught weaving as part of my Studio ‘in-person’ classes 2 years ago.

We looked at the simple basket weave …



Houndstooth weave (intermediate) …..



and the more advanced Triaxial weaving …


(you can see the amazing results of our classes here.)



‘Triaxial’ means 3 axis – unlike the other 2 styles where fabric strips are woven vertically and horizontally, the 3 layers of fabric strips in the triaxial weave are woven at 30 degrees to each other. By varying the order of ‘overs and unders’ different patterns can be achieved, like the Tumbling Blocks design shown here in my basket.



In my Crafty Monkies workshop I will be demonstrating simple 2 axis weaving before taking the class through

  • how to mark and prepare a foam foundation for weaving on
  • learn how to make a triaxial woven panel
  • learn how to ready your woven panel for use in another project (my new Woven Basket pattern will be available free, exclusively for workshop attendees)



The Trixial weave can be a little fiddly, but a genius invention called the Wefty Needle makes this technique a lot more manageable!!



Wefty Needles can be purchased in our store here, as well as other supplies you will need. The full list of workshop requirements (as well as a video on how to prep your fabric strips) and booking info is available here.

So if you would like to spend 3 fun hours on a Friday night learning a cool new technique with me and lots of other like-minded creatives, then book in now!

Happy weaving!

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Malmo Foldover Pouch


By Judith on February 14, 2021
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Last night I attended the Crafty Monkies Live Zoom Malmo Pouch workshop.



My sweet friend Svetlana was teaching us how to make her pretty foldover pouch (large size).

It was a lot of fun sewing along with ladies from all around the world, under the expert guidance of my friend.



This was a little bit of social playtime for me (there hasn’t been much of that this past year!) and a new experience being a Zoom student rather than a Zoom tutor!!



I love the idea of attending a first class workshop from the comfort of your own home, connecting with old and new faces, and being surrounded by all the supplies you need in one’s own sewing room! Unlike in-person classes, if you forget to bring something to the workshop, you don’t have far to go to get it!



I paired some Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Denim) with an Art Gallery print for the exterior, and a cute pink polka dot from my stash for the lining.

Another trademark of Svetlana’s brilliant bags are the quality details she includes, like leather handles and metal zippers.


Svetlana’s Malmo Pouch class will soon be available to watch on Crafty Monkies YouTube channel and can be purchased via their website.



But if you’d rather just purchase the pattern, you can find it here (includes 2 sizes).



Happy sewing!

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Denim Pouch Workshop Finishes


By Judith on February 1, 2021
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Last Saturday afternoon I had my Denim Pouch Workshop, hosted via Zoom by Crafty Monkies.


16 ladies (some in different time zones!) got chopping and repurposing as they used their denim finds to create Denim Zippy Pouches.


The class was following my 9.5″ x 5.5″ samples, using the Quilt-As-You-Go technique to piece and quilt the denim onto interfacing, adding in those all important loops, seams and special features that are unique to denim.



We also learned how to insert a zipper with tabs to give a lovely finish to the pouches, a first for some of the ladies.

And here are a few of the finished pouches.


Aren’t they fab! And feedback from the ladies was that they definitely see more denim pouches and bags in their future!

I always get excited when I see repurposed denim projects. For fun I decided to create a collage of some of my own denim projects!



Lots of bags and pouches there – denim is the perfect hard wearing textile for creating these!

I have several denim patterns available in the shop, but if you’d like to try the Quilt-As-You-Go denim method, check out my Denim Boro Bag pattern here – a larger version of the zippy pouch!


Happy repurposing!

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