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Scrap Happy July

July 14, 2018

there are too many projects on the go

and the garden needs watering and weeding

the house needs cleaning

and I need to go food shopping – or I’ll soon be eating my earthquake emergency supplies

but I spend my time weaving and stitching

this small bag took a week of evenings to do the boro stitching using thrums

it is lined with a shibori dyed scrap

thrums are used to make the twisted carrying strap and zipper pull

the zipper came from an old recycled jacket

the top and bottom are stitched to form a triangle

from the back you can see how it folds flat when empty

I also make them from small pieces of handwoven fabric

lined with drapery fabric samples

they make great gifts or gift packaging

have a look at what others are doing with scraps

Kate co-ordinates the scrap happy blogs

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at).

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley and Dawn

16 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2018 8:54 pm

    That’s clever! Scraps AND recycling!


  2. Bryan permalink
    July 19, 2018 4:24 pm

    Dear Jean, Lovely to see you hiney badgering away as always. Loving the stitching.



    • July 20, 2018 10:15 am

      Bryan – mottainai! the stencilled scrap is from the group stencils we made in your 1st workshop.


  3. claire93 permalink
    July 17, 2018 12:31 am

    absolutely lovely. So much TLC giving those scraps a new lease of life!


    • July 17, 2018 8:21 am

      Claire – thank you. I enjoy doing it occasionally but am thankful it’s not out of necessity.


  4. July 16, 2018 2:49 am

    I do love your boro work. And every time I see a little zippered bag made with hand-woven fabric, I vow to learn to put in a zipper!


    • July 16, 2018 8:03 am

      Kerry – try hand stitching a small zipper into two flat pieces of material, it will make the process much easier, You can do it!


  5. July 15, 2018 4:57 am

    Love the colors and my, how fine and detailed your work is! Thanks for sharing, Johanna


    • July 15, 2018 7:57 am

      Johanna – thanks for visiting, I’m new to scraphappy and am delighted to “meet’ new bloggers.


  6. July 15, 2018 3:58 am

    This is lovely, and miraculous, considering how busy you are. I love the density and consistency of the boro stitching. Do explain what thrums are? Another great ScrapHappy project 🙂


    • July 15, 2018 8:07 am

      Kate – I love the rhythm of doing the stitches – just in and out, in and out! Also love the texture it creates, like ripples in the sand. It can also be called kantha stitch – done on Indian (from India) textiles. Thrums are the short warp threads left on a loom when the weaving is finished.


      • July 15, 2018 8:14 am

        Kantha is beautiful, but what you describe is the same process for hand quilting, where you are echo quilting or filling a space. It’s one of my favourite effects.


      • July 15, 2018 10:26 am

        Kate – every culture has some form of running stitch, some used centuries before quilting as we know it. Sashiko and kogin evolved from the running stitch used in boro – born of pure necessity, where the stitcher had neither the time nor energy to get “fancy”. In Japan several layers of rags are stitched together to make small, square dust rags called zokin, they are little works of art.

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  7. Joan Bobyn @feelingthreads permalink
    July 14, 2018 8:25 pm

    from Mary Oliver, Upstream, Selected Essays;
    It is six A.M., and I am working. I am absentminded, reckless, heedless of social obligations, etc. It is as it must be. The tire goes flat, the tooth falls out, there will be a hundred meals without mustard. The poem gets written. I have wrestled with the angel and I am stained with light and I have no shame. Neither do I have guilt. My responsibility is not to the ordinary, or the timely. It does not include mustard, or teeth. It does not extend to the lost button, or the beans in the pot. My loyalty is to the inner vision, whenever and howsoever it may arrive. If I have a meeting with you at three o’clock, rejoice if I am late. Rejoice even more if I do not arrive at all.

    There is no other way work of artistic worth can be done. And the occasional success, to the striver, is worth everything. The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.

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    • July 14, 2018 10:33 pm

      Joan – thank you for these beautiful words. Mary Oliver is a favorite, she puts the whole world into perspective. I will carry her words with me on my creative journey.


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