Welcome to Day 12 of Making Merry with Janome
Today we wrap up our 12 days of holiday focused sewing and crafting with, well… wrapping. Instead of sewing, we look at the eco-friendly, Japanese tradition of furoshiki (the link is an excellent introduction by photographer, Takuo Hirata) and adopt it as a way of gift-giving amongst fabric enthusiasts. (Also, be sure to read to the end for a little surprise from Janome Life!)
A Little Background
Furoshiki began as a way of carrying and securing possessions, but grew to become a means of bundling and presenting gifts of all shapes and sizes in simple to ornate cloth squares. The cloth often holds meaning in its color and design. Japan’s minister of the environment has renewed interest in furoshiki as the eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags. In Japan today, gifts may be wrapped in paper or fabric, but they are typically covered or contained out of respect and politeness. Even simple or common store purchases are often carefully placed in a bag by the shopkeeper and secured with tape or a seal.
A Mini Tour of Techniques
There are many ways to wrap your fabric covered bundles. You can see further illustrated wrapping guides here.
Making your own Furoshiki cloth is as simple as selecting a fabric and finishing the edges. You can use a rolled, folded or serged hem to keep the fabric from fraying. The fabric can be left un-embellished, or you can add your own designs to impart best wishes and good luck to the recipient. Check out this simple tutorial from Canadian blogging team Marisa and Elias at Omiyage.
This video is a great resource for better understanding the furoshiki concept:
A Merry Give-Away
As a way of saying thank you for joining our 12 days of Making Merry, we want to offer you a chance to win a bundle of fabrics for your sewing and crafting. If you have been following Janome.com’ s 100 Quilt Blocks in 50 days, you may recognize this collection.
You can enter to win this collection simply by commenting below (Only comments on the “Day 12” post will be counted in the draw) and letting us know how you Made Merry this season – what did you craft as a gift, for around the house or just for you? (And, if you would like to visit us on Facebook, we would appreciate your ‘likes’ too!).
This gift will be awarded by random draw on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. It is open to all visitors with a Canadian mailing address (sorry – we know that many of you visit from all around the globe, and we hope you keep coming to see us!)