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Scrap Happy September

September 14, 2019

September – and half way through!

summer has drifted away – the weather has changed suddenly

time to pack away the sun hat

the white linen summer jacket was bought in a second hand shop – I’ve wore it for years

next year it will get freshened up with several dips in the indigo vat

for years I’ve woven flowers on a 4 inch Weavette loom

the loom was bought in a charity shop – they are no longer available

 but several companies are making new looms (google pin looms)I’ve always used small leftover balls of yarn and used beads  in the centers

for scrap happy I used thrums- they are short and have to be knotted

but there is a never ending supply

and for the centers I raided the button jar

even the pins sewn on the back were from the stash

they sell well at studio tours so I’m planning on a dozen new ones for the next tour

it takes 3 squares to make a flower – it doesn’t take long but they are a bit fiddley (is that a word?)

I’ve woven wool squares , sewn them together and felted them to make bags

the possibilities are endless

if you are interested in joining the happy scrappers go to Kate’s blog

or want to see what others are doing;

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

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Joanne S permalink
    September 28, 2019 8:27 am

    Fiddley or not, these are quite lovely. I learned a new word today: thrums. 😀


    • September 28, 2019 8:37 am

      Joanne – every weaver has bags of them and when they are handspun and natural dyed it is good to find a use for them. But – they are short, in my case approximately 16-20 inches long, and when the loom is warped at 24-32 (and sometimes 60) ends per inch they really add up.


  2. September 17, 2019 4:08 am

    I don’t have one of these small looms and I might need one, now that I see what you’re making. I do have the Harrisville Designs potholder loom and love it but I hate having to pay so much for the the stretchy loops. I like the idea of using thrums.


    • September 17, 2019 7:49 am

      Kerry – I usually use small leftover balls of yarn, the thrums are too short, have to be tied and then you are left trying to hide the knots. Using wool and felting them has fun possibilities.


  3. September 15, 2019 1:24 pm

    These are so cute. I saw a small loom last year and keep hankering after one. This has certainly added to the temptation, but I really don’t need to learn weaving on top of everything else.


    • September 15, 2019 1:35 pm

      Bekki – think the only thing you really need to learn is how to wind the warp (foundation threads) around the pegs, after that you just weave (with an extra long bunt end needle) under and over for each row. there are other, a little more complex weave patterns, but I never do them and/or they can come later. It’s easy to carry on the bus, to the beach or use in waiting rooms.


  4. September 15, 2019 1:11 pm

    Very pretty flowers, I like the muted colours.


    • September 15, 2019 1:24 pm

      Cathy – thank you, all the yarns are handspun and the colours are natural dyes that is why they are softer/muted.


  5. September 15, 2019 8:34 am

    Lovely work! I can see why they would sell well. As to your question; yes it is. Your spelling is correct for an obscure (to us) high up bit of a steamship, but spelled fiddly it is Brittish, and exactly correct for your usage. (Didn’t really want an answer? Sorry, sometimes I can’t help myself.) 😉


    • September 15, 2019 8:38 am

      And OH! Wouldn’t you think I could spell British correctly? There are no take-backs on the internet. 😳


      • September 15, 2019 9:35 am

        Lynda – not to worry, think the Latin actually uses 2 t’s and maybe old English as well. Sometimes our fingers spell faster than our minds.

        Liked by 1 person

      • September 18, 2019 11:04 am

        This is so. 😉


    • September 15, 2019 9:31 am

      Lynda – oh no, I love the answer. Lived in Britain for a few years (married a Brit and had 1st baby there) also live in British Columbia so the language comes naturally.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. September 15, 2019 8:15 am

    Oh my goodness!! These are the cutest flowers ever! I think they would go well on hats, bags, baskets and well, just about anything! I’m sure they sell quickly:). Love it love it!❤️❤️


  7. claire93 permalink
    September 15, 2019 1:16 am

    a great way to use leftover yarn and to showcase some of the pretty orphan buttons we all have in our stash.


  8. September 15, 2019 12:57 am

    love this. Thanks for sharing.


  9. September 14, 2019 6:24 pm

    Those flowers are really quite lovely! I’m not surprised they sell well. What are you using as a ‘shuttle’ on the pin loom? I can’t tell properly from the photo – is it an extra-large darning needle? Lovely scrappy post 🙂


    • September 14, 2019 9:57 pm

      Kate – yes, it’s an extra long, blunt end darning needle. I never thought to use buttons in the center before, always learning something new when trying to use scraps.

      Liked by 1 person

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