This blog post is courtesy of Brensan Studios
If you are familiar with the Brensan Pattern line, you will already know that I am particularly fond of Asian Inspired designs . . . even the name is Japanese . . . Bren-san. San is like Mr. or Mrs. in our English language . . it is a form of respect and courtesy when saying someoneâ€™s name.
An Obi is a sash or belt used in traditional Japanese dress. Usually seen worn with Kimonos, the Obi has become very popular as a long table runner. An authentic Obi is very expensive, so I have designed a series of patterns inspired by the Japanese Obi.
The Obi Runner series of patterns are all designed in sections â€” as a repeat. You can lengthen or shorten the pattern by making more (or less) sections. The yardages provided will make a 114â€ long finished runner . . . . but if you want a longer runner, just make another section and keep on â€˜runningâ€™.
Three of the runners have curves, some are intermediate and some are more advanced â€” and one of the current patterns (Pagoda) is very easy straight lines â€” but all are designed to be as long as you want them to be . . . . infinity.
Even though they have curves in their design, Lotus Ladder and Valley Vista are really not difficult as the curves are not particularly â€˜tightâ€™. On the other hand, Tidepools is not for the beginner. Still not that much of a challenge â€“ just staystitch all the raw edges first, they clip to allow the curves to open up to match the other side â€“ complete instructions are included in the patterns.
The entire collection of Obi Runner patterns is available from QuiltWoman.com as well as other other Lucky Charm patterns in my collection.
These are absolutely beautiful. I love Asian prints, and using the Obi for inspiration is marvelous. I’ll have to try this.