Monday, December 7, 2015

Danish Woven Hearts-Countdown to Christmas 2015

Written by Linda Chaney, mother and Laura Chaney, daughter



Supplies needed: 

  • Printed copies of the Danish Woven Heart Template you want to use
  • Printed copy of the weaving patten you want to use
  • 2 contrasting fat quarters of fabric (18" x 22")
  • Double sided fusible material
  • Iron with Steam
  • Coordinating thread
  • Basic sewing supplies (needle, scissors, thimble, wonderclips or pins etc)

There are 3 sizes you can make for the Danish Woven Hearts - Small, Medium, and Large. Templates to cut out fused fabrics are in three sizes: small, medium, and large. Templates for different woven heart designs are included for the small Danish Woven Heart. To create the medium or large Danish Woven Heart, enlarge the small Danish Woven Heart template by 150% for the medium size or 200% for the large size.

Directions: 


  • Two contrasting fabrics and double fusible material such as Steam-a-Seam 2 are needed for each Danish Woven Heart that is created. 
    • For the Small Danish Woven Heart, cut two contrasting fabrics and one double fusible material at 4-1/2" x 6". 
    • For the Medium Danish Woven Heart, cut two contrasting fabrics and one double fusible material at 6-1/2" x 8-3/4". 
    • For the Large Danish Woven Heart, cut two contrating fabrics and one double fusible material at 8" x 11-1/2". 
  • Sandwich the double fusible material between the wrong sides of the two contrasting fabrics. Fuse with the iron. 



  • Copy the desired Fused Fabric Template (small, medium, or large) onto paper or heavy duty template plastic if making several hearts. 
  • Cut out the Fused Fabric Template and trace two times onto the fused fabrics. 
  • Cut out the fused fabrics, fold in half and press. 
  • Be sure that opposite sides of the fused fabrics are folded.For example, if red and white fabric are fused together, fold the fabric so that the red color shows on one folded piece and the white color shows on the other folded piece. 



  • Copy the desired Danish Woven Heart Template onto paper or cardstock(65 pound weight). I prefer copying the templates onto cardstock since it is sturdier and can be used multiple times. 
  • Remember, the template is used twice, once on each folded fused fabric. It is important that the cuts made into the fabric are clean and precise to give the best results. 
  • Using Wonderclips to hold the Danish Woven Heart Template onto the fabric as you make each cut limits any movement of the template on the fabric. 


  • Two cut fused fabric pieces of opposite colors are created (two cut fused fabric pieces in the open position.)



  • The two different fused and cut fabric pieces are woven together, similar to weaving a pot holder. I prefer to think in terms of over the strip and through the strip when weaving the Danish Hearts because the working strips are either going around the next strip (over) or inside of the next strip (through). 
  • See http://www.creativehardt.com.au/christmastemplate/ for good photos on weaving process
  • Attach a handle at the top of the woven heart using either thin, leftover fused fabric strips or yarn, or thread.


Small version of Danish Woven Hearts using templates in Set 1.




Small version of Danish Woven Hearts using templates in Set 2.




Remember, the more lines there are to cut, the more difficult the weaving process is. Set 1 and Set 2 patterns have been arranged from simple to difficult.

You can use different fabrics and pinking shears to add a different edge (would not use pinking shears on narrow cut strips).



 3 different sizes of woven hearts - small, medium, large



The inside woven pattern is just as interesting as outside woven pattern



3 Danish Woven Hearts hanging









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