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Scrap Happy June

June 14, 2019

inspired by a project on Ann Wood’s website

she makes wonderful, creative, whimsical birds and mushrooms and sailing ships and more

have a look!

a needle case -all handstitched, hand dyed and with the exception of one scrap, handwoven

the cover was made several years ago, the button is a handwoven scrap over a plastic ring

the closing cord is a short length of kumihimo (Japanese braid)

as I picked through the scraps I started telling myself a story and it became a book

I’ll turn the pages for you

the flower – and the small face on the back page were drawn with markers and then heat set by granddaughter Jillian when “nanna was babysitting”

page on the right is Japanese silk from a kimono weaving friend

a book needs words – on a page woven with Japanese paper thread (shifu) that I cut and spun

then, from another kimono weaver, a silk scrap woven with thrums

a tiny pocket with my initials and date

the round blue “thingy” is a plain Japanese fabric thimble (yubinuki)

in the center, a cord with a tiny Dorset button that holds thread spools

the heart is a bit of my first backstrap weaving

the right hand page is a grey scale woven with sewing thread

the pages were sewn with two fabrics, turned right side out and handstitched around the outside edge

more of the silk and shifu pages

several years ago I dyed and printed a piece of cotton then cut it up and made postcards

the pocket is a postcard left in the scrap box

the end – with Jillian’s smiling face

and what happens to the really tiny scraps?

they get saved in a handmade book similar to shimacho (Japanese fabric sample books)

saved by families and handed down for generations

and now being sold on the internet for more money than some of those families spent in a year!

here are the links for other Scrap Happy posts

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.


14 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2019 4:13 pm

    I love this Jean, and think how happy and full of memories it is for you and maybe someday another stitcher. I seem to be thinking in terms of memory prompts and bits of woven self…shimacho.


    • June 21, 2019 5:29 pm

      Hi Velma – are you safely moved and settling in?? I’ve been watching you on FB, hope all is well. the needlecase feels good and is nice to hold, of course more scraps and bits and pieces will get added. Have just come from grandson’s high school grad and granddaughter’s was at UVic on Mon. Getting old!


  2. June 16, 2019 8:23 am

    So gorgeous, and inspiring! I am a weaver too, and have woven my own curtains and dishtowels, but when I need something, I still tend to think of going out and buying something, or at least the supplies to make it, instead of looking around to see how I could make it for myself. And when I do make things, I don’t think of making them as works of art. What a treasure!


    • June 16, 2019 10:10 am

      TextileRanger – thank you, I’ve been weaving for 40 years and have boxes and drawers of scraps too precious not to use. I think anything made by hand with love is a work of art. I enjoy your blog and all the creative “works of art” you share.

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  3. June 16, 2019 3:14 am

    I bet this was a delight to make! So many treasures in it and I love the story it tells, about what is important to you.


    • June 16, 2019 7:51 am

      Kerry – once I started it almost made itself. It is like a sampler, so many different warps and projects – memories.


  4. June 15, 2019 12:58 am

    I really love that. Thank you for sharing.


  5. June 15, 2019 12:42 am

    That is exquisite. Such a loving use of tiny pieces, imaginatively and carefully assembled into something not only useful, but also beautiful. Perfectly ScrapHappy 🙂


  6. claire93 permalink
    June 14, 2019 1:07 pm

    what a lovely history of fabrics & needlecrafts.


  7. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    June 14, 2019 12:40 pm

    That is so beautiful!


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