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Scrap Happy February

February 14, 2020

this is about as scrappy as I can get – an attempt to recreate this weaving I saw at a favorite restaurant

a partial cone of years old cotton limited the length of warp to 3 yards

the weft yarn is the same cotton alternating with cotton rags

well that’s not what I wanted so I cut off the woven 10 inches and re-threaded the loom

making the width on the loom narrower

then unraveled the sample and used the rags again

even the short warp threads are re-usable as skein ties

after weaving one 20 inch piece I switched to blue rags, wove another 20 inches

and used up yarn colours wound on bobbins from past projects

(sorry – the nighttime studio lights don’t photograph well)

as I wanted a finished project to show here, I again cut the weaving off the loom

and re-sleyed the warp – it is now only 5 inches wide

folding the 20 inch pieces double and finishing the edges with bias tape

made from cotton fabric samples saved from my interior design days

and in the end – that’s a lot of work for two pot holders

and now to finish weaving that little piece

if you would like to visit other Scrappy Happy people click on the names and if you would like more information or to join contact Kate.

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

See you again, same time next month


18 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2020 4:45 pm

    These are beautiful and a great way to give scraps a new life!


    • February 17, 2020 4:49 pm

      Sunny – thank you. I will never run out of scraps so it is always good to find something practical to make with them.


  2. February 16, 2020 11:42 am

    They may have been a lot of work but I bet they are sturdy pot holders that will be used frequently and with gratitude. I think they are very handsome.


    • February 16, 2020 11:51 am

      Sue – thank you, they have turned out rather nicely for something that was just going to be samples and they will be well used.


  3. February 16, 2020 1:17 am

    They are very pretty, and a most interesting post.


  4. Susan Nixon permalink
    February 15, 2020 7:48 pm

    Maybe a lot of work, but a lot of beauty, too, so I think it was worth your time. I love making something useful from something that wasn’t, and that’s just what you’ve done.


    • February 15, 2020 11:18 pm

      Susan – thank you, there is something very satisfying in the making and the using of the handmade.


  5. February 15, 2020 11:28 am

    Two steps forward…I like the pot holders too! They make me feel like getting my loom set up …


    • February 15, 2020 11:38 am

      Kjerstin – I am surprised at how well they turned out. If I do the weave structure again I would sett the warp a little closer, this was 24 epi.


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  7. February 15, 2020 2:16 am

    lovely pot holders though. And stuff for me to learn, thank you.


    • February 15, 2020 9:31 am

      Dawn – it used samples that at first looked useless and will cheer up the kitchen for quite some time. I love this scraphappy group when I learn about new (to me) techniques and see other people’s ideas in action.

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  8. February 14, 2020 10:11 pm

    It IS a lot of work, but for the rest of us there was something interesting to learn, not least the technical terms. And you have two lovely new pot holders where before there was a random assortment of scraps.


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