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ScrapHappy December

December 14, 2018

when you’ve been weaving for 40 years

handwoven, sometimes handspun and naturally dyed fabric samples/ends start to add up

hours of work has gone into these pieces

they need to become something more

small bags are always useful – and they sell wellI designed a box-like bag with square corners

to be sure the idea worked I stitched a prototype out of paper

the linings are all fabric samples from my time as an interior designer

after using them as lining and quilts for years there is still an embarrassing pile of them

and also a good supply of handwovens

the zipper pulls and twisted hangers are thrums (leftover weaving yarns)

the only thing new are the zippers

I save old zippers too, but none of them were small enough

the small bags also make good presents

Merry Christmas and a Happy, creative New Year to all

and the list from Kate’s blog

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, HayleyDawn, Gwen and Connie

See you again, same time next month!

17 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2018 4:43 am

    I am right there with Kerry! The mysteries of a zipper…the fabric are gorgeous! Cheers, Johanna


    • December 18, 2018 8:24 am

      Johanna – try handstitching a zipper to some scrap fabric, you have more control or take a class at your local sewing shop (if you have one).

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  2. December 16, 2018 3:18 am

    I say this every time I see the little pouches you make–I *really* need to learn to put in a zipper! Love these!!


    • December 16, 2018 8:35 am

      Kerry – the zipper is fast and easy – not like proper dressmaking/couture zippers. I just fold/press under the seam allow, lay it close to the inside teeth edge of the open zipper and stitch (of course you need a zipper foot on the machine). Try it on paper and glue the zipper or handstitch the first one. You’ll be making little bags in no time.


  3. claire93 permalink
    December 15, 2018 5:46 am

    can never go wrong with a zippy pouch ^^


  4. December 15, 2018 12:38 am

    Beautiful bags and each one uses two pieces of scrap, super.


  5. December 14, 2018 11:48 pm

    Pretty little things, I love this recycling of yours.
    Merry Christmas, dear Jean!


  6. December 14, 2018 5:33 pm

    I really love that little boxy bag in the warm colours at the bottom of your shot, such a beautiful, happy combination of colours 🙂 Clever idea for making good use of precious remnants of handwovens.


    • December 14, 2018 11:03 pm

      Kate – the colourful fabric is left from a long, boot length vest woven with handspun silk all dyed with natural dyes. I had almost forgotten about it, haven’t worn it in years. Stay safe, hope the cyclone misses you. We too, are having dreadful weather, even for the wet coast torrential rain and gale force winds. Ferries cancelled and river otters filmed swimming in a main street in Vancouver. Batten down the hatches!


      • December 15, 2018 12:15 am

        Hatches battened, fuel for the generator laid in and all the loose stuff stowed away safely. I hope your weather eases for Christmas, for the sake of all those travelling to be with family.


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