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Scrap Happy March

March 14, 2019

thrums are the waste threads left when it is no longer mechanically possible to weave the warp

they are unavoidable and they really add up

it is a shame to waste them, many of mine are handspun and naturally dyed

they get used for stitching but that barely makes a dent in the stash


I warped the tapestry loom to weave two pieces 2.5″ x 6.5″

using the “Fringeless” technique the only finishing required is threading in all the ends

best done in the evening in front of the fire

and sewing on a button

 the warp is linen picked up from the guild “free” table

the weft is all thrums – wool, silk, alpaca and cotton

what are they? – wrist bands or cuffs

the pink one is wedge weave, a Navajo technique, which creates a scalloped edge

the blue one is split tapestry, woven as a sample for a larger tapestry still on paper

designed to resemble Japanese boro fabrics

buttons are an old mother-of-pearl and a pottery one purchased in 2012 at Fujino train station

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!

14 Comments leave one →
  1. vdbolyard permalink
    March 16, 2019 3:00 pm

    Well, those wristlets are nifty, I especially like the boro one. It’s a fantastic way to use up your thrums. I think maybe a book on thrum design is called for.


    • March 16, 2019 3:35 pm

      Velma – I believe thrums multiply overnight, all the small projects simply don’t deal with them. Maybe I could write a thrum blog and ask people for their ideas

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  2. March 15, 2019 4:10 am

    You are so right about the thrums! They pile up and pile up, and I can’t begin to keep up with them. I don’t spin my own so I have less guilt about throwing some of it away but I wish I could think of more uses for it all!


    • March 15, 2019 8:12 am

      Kerry – ah, the weaver’s dilema! it seems so wasteful and I’ve tried twice woven rugs, potholders, now tapestry, always use it for stitching but the pile just keeps growing.


  3. March 14, 2019 5:28 pm

    The wristbands are just wonderful. A good use for smaller tapestries. They will make nice conversation pieces when worn.


    • March 14, 2019 9:16 pm

      thanks Barb – they are fun to design and weave, nothing serious – still take hours of weaving. I have always worn a knitted wool cuff on my right wrist when spinning – it bothers me from too much repetitive action. Apparently keeping the blood flow warm is good so this is a nice alternative.


      • March 15, 2019 7:03 am

        Being a newbie at tapestry I’m sure they were not created quickly. Nice to have items to use that show off your passion.


      • March 15, 2019 8:09 am

        Barb – it is fun to weave small tapestry that is useful/wearable, trying to think of other things.

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  4. March 14, 2019 1:48 pm

    Lovely scrappiness! Clever to make something so very pretty out of unpromising scraps.


    • March 14, 2019 3:03 pm

      Kate – constantly trying to think up new ideas/projects, really stuck for next month.


      • March 14, 2019 3:25 pm

        I can well understand that! I will never reach the end of my scraps, since everything I make only generates more. The yarn is so pretty, it would be a crime to throw it away. I actually though it would make pretty brooches, stitched through a tiny canvas square to radiate out like flower petals, and then a decorative button stitched on to hide the canvas and a brooch pin attached to the back. I used to do something similar with leftover felting rovings.


      • March 14, 2019 4:25 pm

        Kate – reducing one stash pile just creates another of a different sort. I have made buttons/brooches with scrap yarn like the very old Dorset buttons adding beads etc. but then you just have more little things. Need to make BIG things with scraps.


      • March 14, 2019 10:40 pm

        You’re right, of course. Would the yarn be suitable for some sort of sashiko or boro stitching?


      • March 15, 2019 8:14 am

        Kate – always use the cotton and linen for stitching but there are more thrums than time.

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