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Old March 6th 17, 04:37 AM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.quilting
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Sometime in the past, I suppose, I started making a pair of gi pants for
a martial arts class I was in at the time, which I did not finish (the
pants, not the martial arts class).

A few days ago, I found the pieces of it, 2 legs that had the inseam
sewn on each leg, but the legs had not yet been sewn together.

I suppose that I also started a gi top as well, but I did not find the
pieces for that.

Right now I am not in any sort of martial arts class, so there is real
point in finishing the pants, at least not for that purpose, but I have
some ideas as to what to do with the pieces:

1. Sew them together and install a drawstring or elastic (I suppose I
could be really fancy and put in drawstring elastic) and use them as
lounging/pajama pants.

2. If I undid the inseams, and cut the pieces into rectangles, the
rectangles would be quite large, ~2ftx3ft (60cmx90cm), which could make
some nice shopping bags (though I already have plenty of those) or a
nice laundry bag.

3. I can't really think of anything else, but I could take them apart,
make them into the rectangles and save them for some future use when I
have some specific need for white material.

I also recently got a $5.00 Amazon gift certificate for giving blood
(that is not why I do it, but it is nice when I get something like that
it is nice) and looked on Amazon, and a 50-pack of wonderclips is ~$4.00
with ~$.50 S/H, for a total of about $4.50, so I am going to use the
gift ceritficate to buy the wonderclips and give them a try.

I am thinking about joining a quilting guild. My main motivation for
doing so would be to help with making charity quilts.

I guess I don't really have any specific questions, but am just
soliciting comments on these things I am pondering.

I was also wondering how one joins the RCTQ facebook group. A few weeks
ago, I went to that page, and clicked the button that said "join group."

For a few days after that, the button said "membership pending," but
then after that the button changed back to saying "join group,"
indicating that my membership was denied, but I could find no
explanation of why.

Is the group totally closed right now, do I need to send a personal
message to one of the moderators, or what?

I also have drawn a new cartoon, which I may put up either later tonight
or perhaps tomorrow.

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Old March 6th 17, 01:51 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.quilting
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"Brian Christiansen" wrote in message news
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I like the idea of using your gift coupon to get FREE wonder clips! I enjoy
getting the free items for giving blood, or doing something I am going to
do anyway.
If you need or want the pants, it might be good to go ahead and finish
making them. But maybe if you take them apart, just hold off on doing
anything else with the cloth until you think thing through for a bit to see
if any other ideas come to you. You probably have enough other scraps to
make the quilts, or maybe someone else will bring extra scraps for quilts.
Just my 2c worth!
Barbara in FL



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Old March 7th 17, 07:31 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.quilting
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On Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 11:37:43 PM UTC-5, Brian Christiansen wrote:
Sometime in the past, I suppose, I started making a pair of gi pants for
a martial arts class I was in at the time, which I did not finish (the
pants, not the martial arts class).

A few days ago, I found the pieces of it, 2 legs that had the inseam
sewn on each leg, but the legs had not yet been sewn together.

I suppose that I also started a gi top as well, but I did not find the
pieces for that.

Right now I am not in any sort of martial arts class, so there is real
point in finishing the pants, at least not for that purpose, but I have
some ideas as to what to do with the pieces:

1. Sew them together and install a drawstring or elastic (I suppose I
could be really fancy and put in drawstring elastic) and use them as
lounging/pajama pants.

2. If I undid the inseams, and cut the pieces into rectangles, the
rectangles would be quite large, ~2ftx3ft (60cmx90cm), which could make
some nice shopping bags (though I already have plenty of those) or a
nice laundry bag.

3. I can't really think of anything else, but I could take them apart,
make them into the rectangles and save them for some future use when I
have some specific need for white material.


I guess I don't really have any specific questions, but am just
soliciting comments on these things I am pondering.

I used to wear DH's old gi quite a lot. They are very comfy and of necessity allow a broad range of movement so that they are perfect for any number of activities. So I would finish the pants and probably make the top as well.
In fact I have several times over the past few years considered making a gi or something similar, as my current exercise program is limited to mild yoga and the ancient art silk weaving exercises. Clothes that allow such a range of movement would be perfect for that. I just haven't got around to it yet as I have been making a ton of cot quilts, rag dolls, other toys, and various winter outer wear, for the local DV shelter.

I would consider the fabric usually used in making a gi to be a bit light for shopping or laundry bags unless it were doubled.

The fabric could certainly be re-purposed for quilting or perhaps even other clothing. Bear in mind that white cotton does not have to stay white.

NightMist
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Old March 7th 17, 11:49 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.quilting
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On 03/07/2017 12:31 PM, Night Mist wrote:

I would consider the fabric usually used in making a gi to be a bit light for shopping or laundry bags unless it were doubled.

I don't think I have ever had a karate or judo GI that was light weight
material. I have a Judo gi that the pants a quite heavy weight canvas,
and the top is does not appear to be a denim or canvas, but it is a
double-weave of some kind and is fairly heavyweight material.

In another class I was in, the instructor required (it could have been
"recommended," but I am pretty sure it was required) that the uniforms
were at least 12oz, or perhaps even 16oz denim ("premium" uniforms).

A few years ago I was in a Japanese sword class, and I made a hakama for
that class, and I used a farly heavy weight denim for those, much
heavier than any commercial hakama I have ever seen.

I am not sure what the weight of the material of the partially made
pants I have is, or even how to find out, but I am pretty sure I never
would have made a karate uniform out of anything less than medium weight
(= 12oz) denim.

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Old March 8th 17, 06:28 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.quilting
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On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:49:23 PM UTC-5, Brian Christiansen wrote:
On 03/07/2017 12:31 PM, Night Mist wrote:

I would consider the fabric usually used in making a gi to be a bit light for shopping or laundry bags unless it were doubled.

I don't think I have ever had a karate or judo GI that was light weight
material. I have a Judo gi that the pants a quite heavy weight canvas,
and the top is does not appear to be a denim or canvas, but it is a
double-weave of some kind and is fairly heavyweight material.

In another class I was in, the instructor required (it could have been
"recommended," but I am pretty sure it was required) that the uniforms
were at least 12oz, or perhaps even 16oz denim ("premium" uniforms).

A few years ago I was in a Japanese sword class, and I made a hakama for
that class, and I used a farly heavy weight denim for those, much
heavier than any commercial hakama I have ever seen.

I am not sure what the weight of the material of the partially made
pants I have is, or even how to find out, but I am pretty sure I never
would have made a karate uniform out of anything less than medium weight
(= 12oz) denim.

And there is the difference in schools, and possibly locations.
The few schools we had here back in the day would hand out patterns or offer mail order for a gi. If I recall correctly the suggestion for a gi that DH got was firm cotton, heavier than shirt weight, but not so heavy as upholstry, and black. That I recall at all was because my MIL complained that it was really hard to find plain cotton at the time. She finally got some at Woolworths, because they caught on and ordered some plain cotton in black. It was akin to a midweight poplin.
Nowdays we have but one school and they offer everything you need to make a gi, including after class sewing sessions, because they require the students (I imagine exceptions for the littlest ones) to make their own.

When DD3 was starting Kendo in college, I helped her make her keikogi and hakama. we blew for 7 and a half ounce hemp, and threw it into the indigo pot. Saved a mint over buying it, even with the pricey fabric, and with what the rest of her gear cost that was kind of important. I gotta say, hemp wears like iron.

NightMist

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Old March 9th 17, 09:41 AM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.quilting
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On 03/08/2017 11:28 AM, Night Mist wrote:

Nowdays we have but one school and they offer everything you need to make a gi, including after class sewing sessions, because they require the students (I imagine exceptions for the littlest ones) to make their own.

It would be quite interesting to know the reasoning behind that
requirement.

While it is indeed true that at one time companies like Century Martial
arts or Martial arts online did not exist, and one had to make their own
clothing whether it was am MA uniform or something else, that does not
make making a uniform a "traditional" part of martial arts.

I am very glad that they provide sewing machines and essentially sewing
lessons for those who do not know how to sew, and knowing how to sew, or
at least how to do some basics, are useful skills, but I think today it
is somewhat an unreasonable assumption to expect someone to do either of
those things.

A tai chi class I was in recently did not require any sort of uniform,
and what most people wore something like sweat pants or athletic shorts
and a t-shirt. I suppose you could have worn a regular karate gi if you
wanted as well, but no one did, so wearing one might look out of place,
though.

If some specific uniform was required, though I might have just bought
it, or I might have tried to find a appropriate pattern and make it.

When DD3 was starting Kendo in college, I helped her make her keikogi and hakama. we blew for 7 and a half ounce hemp, and threw it into the indigo pot. Saved a mint over buying it, even with the pricey fabric, and with what the rest of her gear cost that was kind of important. I gotta say, hemp wears like iron.

I have never used hemp in sewing, but I have heard very good things
about it, and a lightweight material (7 1/2 oz.) made of hemp might be
all that is needed, but in denim, I wouln't use anything less than 12 to
16 ounces for a karate uniform.

Even if a 7 oz material in hemp is heavy enough for a martial arts
uniform is enough, I might use the heavier weight material any way since
that is what I am used to.

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Old March 9th 17, 07:54 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.quilting
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On Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 4:41:28 AM UTC-5, Brian Christiansen wrote:
On 03/08/2017 11:28 AM, Night Mist wrote:

Nowdays we have but one school and they offer everything you need to make a gi, including after class sewing sessions, because they require the students (I imagine exceptions for the littlest ones) to make their own.

It would be quite interesting to know the reasoning behind that
requirement.


No sewing machines, they sew by hand. I asked the guy I know in the class. He told me that it is an exercise in mind set, a meditation on patience, responsibility, and movement.
It is one of the schools where you start with Qigong. I know that may sound redundant, what I mean is they start you with Qigong and you do not get to move to the more martial practices until you have made sufficient progress.
Yeah, some of the people who took classes in hard disciplines are complaining about their lack of progress. Interestingly the people from the judo class at the YMCA seem to be doing rather well. So my guy tells me anyway, it's his first ever training. He was telling me about the training because I sew and do the ancient art silk weaving exercises (ba duan jin). I've been doing the exercises for quite a while so he thought I knew something about qigong. Actually I learned them from a friend who saw me sewing in tailor's posture, so I really do not know much about qigong. I just know they help shake the kinks out and seem to help keep new ones from forming.

NightMist
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Old March 14th 17, 04:02 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.quilting
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Hello Brian,
Hope you find a way to use up the white material. I have these wonder clips you are talking about and I use mine to make hot pads with Insulbrite and put the clips to hold the binding as I like sewing my binding closed by hand. They have such a home made look. The wonder clips hold just about anything you need to use them for. I am also for you belonging to a quilt guild because the needy really need quilts. Keep up the good work.
Sandy$
 




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