Cheongsam Button Making Workshop by Ai Geok
WEARABLE CRAFT X FASHION MAKERSPACE
2-Session Workshop | Total of 4 hours
In the olden days, the Chinese Button knot was mainly used on traditional cheong-sam dresses as a button, hence its name. It is very useful as a starting or ending knot as it retains its shape well, so it is also referred to as a stopper or knob. The Shanghai version is call Pan-kou 盘扣, and the patterns are usually made by quilling fabric strips.
In this 3-hour workshop, you will learn to make the Pan-kou from scratch. You will learn how to make fabric tubes that are the basis of the Pan-kou. From there, we will proceed to learn the steps of making a Button knot, which will be used as the knob for all your fasteners. You will then learn to make a basic straight Pan-kou, a Pipa knot Pan-kou, and a twirl Pan-kou.
Knotting and other tools will provided for on-site use.
Participants must have hand and finger dexterity, and basic ability to use sewing machine.
What You’ll Learn:
- Make fabric tubes
- Make a basic straight Button fastener set
- Make the Pipa knot Button fastener set
- Make the twirl Button fastener set
Things to bring:
Binding tape, bias tape or fabric strips. 5 pre-cut strips, 2cm x 70cm. Advisable to bring spares. Student will bring their own fabric to make fabric tubes using sewing machine and tools. Tools provided for on-site use only.
Classes start on time, please arrive 5 minutes earlier if possible.
- Minimum 2 student signups.
- This course is not SkillsFuture claimable
- Please inform us as soon as possible if you are not able to attend your booked class.
- If you would like a refund, our policy is:
14 calendar days or more: Full workshop fee refund
Less than 14 calendar days before / Day of the workshop / After the workshop: Full workshop fee forfeited
Individual & group workshops are available to book on request, please enquire. We also offer workshops not listed & can tailor them to suit your needs.
Kindly refer to our class policies before signing up.
ABOUT WEARABLE CRAFT:
Hi, my name is Ai Geok, and I am the hands behind the knots.
I first came into contact with Chinese knots in my teens, and have been fascinated by the art for the past 30 odd years. I hope to preserve the traditional methods of making Chinese knots. I want to find innovative ways of presenting them. I want to change the way people view them.
Knotting is an ancient technique used in many cultures around the world. The threads of a knot are like threads of life. So come, join me to add beauty to the world as I bring simple threads together in a knot.
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