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September 14, 2018

even the thrums stash is out of control

thrums are the end of a warp that, due to the mechanics of a loom

can no longer be woven

mine are approximately 20 inches (50 cm.) long

  when you have several hundred threads in a warp the waste adds up

weavers try to find creative ways to use thrums

using a cotton warp and bundles of cotton thrums as weft

I weave pot holders or hot mats

it is slow weaving because the wefts are so short but the selvedges don’t have to be neat

the woven pieces are doubled to give a good thickness

 then finished with bias binding I make from the fabric stash

at one time in my life I worked as an interior designer and the fabric is from drapery samples

a loop on the back to hang and they are finished

the extra warp at the end was long enough to weave just one side

so I sandwiched two layers of sheeting with the bias fabric

and finished

of course, now there are more thrums!

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. September 20, 2018 2:32 am

    Motainai and the ever inventive weaver


  2. Joanne S permalink
    September 17, 2018 4:41 pm

    I learned a new term today: “thrum.” 😀 This is a very nice way to use up your left overs. These pot holders would make a lovely gift!


  3. September 16, 2018 4:23 pm

    This is very inspirational and clever! It is also good to know for when I do finally get over being scared of my loom.

    I do have the quilter and dressmaker equivelent to thrums in two overflowing boxes of bits far too small to sew anything with. They are saved for pillow stuffing. I seriously need to get on that pillow making before the stuffing takes over the table 🙂


    • September 16, 2018 5:09 pm

      Nia – time to take a deep breath and get on to your loom. I never thought of pillow stuffing, good idea. Always trying to reduce the waste – it can really grow overnight.


  4. September 15, 2018 3:23 am

    Thrums everywhere!! This is the bane of weavers–you’ve done such a good job with this project. I must admit, I throw a lot of mine away. 😦


    • September 15, 2018 8:44 am

      Kerry – they really do add up. I once weighed them and then worked out the $ value – don’t do that any more!


  5. September 15, 2018 2:38 am

    Very clever use of scraps! I particularly like the blue/green one, lovely colours.


    • September 15, 2018 8:47 am

      Kate – but it never seems to make a dent in the overall stash.


      • September 15, 2018 2:32 pm

        Oh, I hear you! I *almost* saw the bottom of the box of pink scraps a while ago, but now, of course, there’s a whole heap more… Still, at least we’re not throwing out what is effectively yards of good fabric, eh?


      • September 15, 2018 4:25 pm

        Kate – it is just that one thing leads to another and the scraps get smaller and smaller. One good thing with my handspun yarns are that they are all natural fibres and I use plant dyes so the really short pieces go into the compost.


      • September 15, 2018 5:17 pm

        I pretty much decided that anything narrower than 1/2 inch isn’t going to get turned into anything else, because I’d lose all the fabric in the seam allowances. It makes me sad to throw them out, but I have to draw a line somewhere. My quilting scraps are all cotton too. Thread tails I put out in the yard in spring and the nesting birds seem to appreciate them!


      • September 16, 2018 8:32 am

        Kate – as you say ” you have to draw a line..” and the time it takes to work with bits and pieces needs to be considered.

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  6. claire93 permalink
    September 15, 2018 12:24 am

    “thrums” now that’s a new word!
    A great way to use up some of the leftover bits from weaving – and making more scraps lol


  7. September 14, 2018 1:57 pm

    Oh my, what a wonderful use of your scraps, very impressive.


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