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Scrap Happy August

August 14, 2018

for a weaver there is nothing more scrappy than rags

old bed sheets are my favorite because they are easy to tear into long strips

but my stash includes colourful old clothes, futon covers brought back from Japan

damask linen tablecloths and even the occasional pair of pj’s

I’ve used old silk kimono – it it has to be cut with scissors and takes more timeand I have a favorite jacket with several different fabrics used in the weft

the fabric for the top yoke has been cut and carefully re-woven so the pattern still shows

over the years I’ve woven rugs, bags and many placemats

for this month’s scrap happy I needed cushions for a deck chair

winding a cotton warp for a “log cabin” pattern is quick and easy

the weaving didn’t take long either

recycling and creating something useful is very satisfying

and they are comfy too.

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

See you again, same time next month!

17 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2018 11:25 pm

    Thank you. Beautiful and inspiring.


  2. August 15, 2018 4:04 am

    Such a beautiful effect from what can otherwise be a waste product. I’m collected the long thin strips I trim off the edges of a width of cut fabric to straighten it up. When I have enough, I shall wind them around cotton rope and stitch it edge to edge into a colourful mat. A friend collects selvedges to stitch together. Nothing should be wasted!

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  3. August 15, 2018 3:27 am

    You’re really rocking this ScrapHappy theme, Jean–the pillows are amazing!! What do you stuff your cushions with?


    • August 15, 2018 8:12 am

      Kerry – I make pillows a standard size and buy pillow forms at the sewing store. Quick and easy.


  4. claire93 permalink
    August 15, 2018 2:38 am

    wow! such patience to cut up fabric into thin enough strips for weaving.


    • August 15, 2018 8:14 am

      Claire – for rugs and larger items it is nice to use sheets that can be torn. I do it outside and wear a mask so I don’t breath in all the dust particles.

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      • claire93 permalink
        August 16, 2018 2:42 am

        thanks for the tip. I don’t weave, but I do crochet and I’ve seen people who make rugs & bags with strips of fabric, so maybe I’ll give it a go.


      • August 16, 2018 7:40 am

        Claire – start with something small, it would make great patio cushions, they are bright and cheerful and stand up to lots of wear. Have fun.

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  5. August 15, 2018 12:17 am

    Oh my, these are amazing.


  6. August 14, 2018 3:24 pm

    Oh help – please edit my comment to make more sense!


    • August 14, 2018 3:28 pm

      Kjerstin – with a 16 harness loom you might expect something more exciting but I think log is my all time favorite structure. Simple and effective, so flexible and traditional. What more can a weaver hope for.

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    • August 14, 2018 3:33 pm

      Kjerstin – done, happens when our brain is moving faster than our fingers or perhaps the other way around!

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  7. August 14, 2018 3:23 pm

    I love your cushions – useful, satisfying and pretty! I love log cabin weavings – I made one of my favourite log cabin bath mats using old corduroy wefts.


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