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Scrap Happy December

December 14, 2019

a work in process

(click on image to enlarge)

think it will become a cushion cover, maybe

the fabric is from an old sheet

as I like to stitch through 2 layers the backing is an old pillowcase

all the stitching is done with thrums, many from last month’s tea towel warp

although it doesn’t look anything like her work

inspiration comes from the work of Tilleke Schwarz – the self published book is “New Potatoes”

her work is unique and incredibly creative

an interview on (worth a visit) is inspirational

if you are wondering why the frogs?

I have quite a collection – my Japanese classmates sent them to me

the Japanese word for frog is kaeru – also the verb for “to return or go back”

inspiration is found in many places!

the dark circles at the top center of the stitching are an Indian stitch called “chemanthi”

although it looks complicated, after you have done 2 or 3 of the stitches the sequence is easy

there are many interesting variations if you google – they become addictive to make

to see other Scrap Happy works, the list is taken from Kate’s blog

Kate 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.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2019 1:34 am



  2. December 15, 2019 2:35 pm

    Well now. I think we are in a similar place when it comes to embroidery. I’m still recovering my embroidery skills by stitching transferred or stamped patterns but I have been hankering to have something to “just stitch” however and whenever I feel like it. So far I have a couple of false starts and still no real direction. Might have to check out that interview…


    • December 15, 2019 3:11 pm

      Sue – I just start with something and then let the piece tell me what it wants, it changes from day to day – and mood. Doodle with needle and thread, tell yourself a story as you stitch. Use it to practice different stitches. Most important, have fun.


  3. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    December 15, 2019 3:54 am

    I love your quirky designs – every time I look at the picture I see something i missed before!


    • December 15, 2019 8:49 am

      Sue – thank you, I’m trying hard to get even more “quirky” but old habits die hard. I was brought up stitching someone else’s patterns – the kind you ironed on – making tiny little, perfect stitches. In my advancing years I want to tell my own story.

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  4. December 15, 2019 3:52 am

    This is fun and very pretty. The pattern reminds me of a landscaping plan with trees/shrubs, paths and hardscaping. It all comes together to make a perfect frog garden.


    • December 15, 2019 8:52 am

      Lynda – I don’t start with a design, just stitch whatever comes to mind at the moment. Love the idea of a “frog garden” – where the cat and the mouse can be friends!

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  5. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    December 15, 2019 2:55 am

    I love the quirkiness of your designs – each time I look at the pictures I see something I missed before.


  6. December 14, 2019 8:18 pm

    How lovely! I also really like the idea that you use every last scrap of the fibres you have created, and even the scraps can be made into something very pretty.


    • December 14, 2019 10:47 pm

      Kate – using scraps forces a person to think and plan, quite often being more creative than just buying new. Sometimes leading me off in new directions.

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  7. December 14, 2019 1:35 pm

    What a great use for thrums!


    • December 14, 2019 2:52 pm

      Kjerstin – I’ve got bags of them – all weights and fibres. If you ever want some you know where I am.


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