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Scrap Happy May

May 15, 2020

whew! -hot off the needle

16″ x 12″

the background is a collection of scraps;

some handwoven with Japanese paper thread which was first used to practice calligraphy using sumi ink

then cut and spun – shifu

the grey pieces were scraps given to me in Japan, woven with horsehair

the finishing edge is a fine linen belt for a jacket/vest I bought in Kyoto in 1987 – I never wore the belt

also used for the stems and leaves with only a small scrap left

the coloured flowers are interior design fabric samples from the 1990’s

the indigo hexie flowers are scraps from the shibori lining of my first Haori

sewn at the Japanese Textile Workshop in 2016

the mother-of-pearl buttons are from my collection, these are so tiny I think they came from baby clothes

all the kantha stitching was done with thrums

I wanted to see how small it was possible to make hexies

individual, finished hexies are 1.5 cm. across, the flower is 5 cm.

I tried different fabrics/techniques for stems and almost gave up when I found this image saved to my pinterest page

wish I could give credit to the person who did the work but the picture was saved a couple years ago

the work of all those appliqued stems and petals is amazing

I used the last of the Japanese linen to make just a few

the work needs a title but nothing comes to mind

May is my second anniversary of joining this scrap happy group

and I have posted every month since

to visit more scrap happy posts this is the list from Kate’s post

P.S. Kate offered the perfect title – “Yuki no Hana” translated as Snow Flower

you can listen to the song on youtube

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). If you’ve copied this list from previous posts, please use the one below as it’s the most up to date. We have a new member, welcome Vera.

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

20 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2020 6:30 am

    Oh my golly gosh, this is gorgeous, and all from scraps with a story.


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    May 16, 2020 3:02 am

    That is an amazing piece! So calm and delicate but not wishy-washy. So many memories. Such intricate detail so first I saw the overall picture and then began to pick out the tiny buttons, the little flowers and the neat stitching. I hadn’t realised how small the whole thing was until you said the size of the hexies. It must have taken a lot of skill and patience but well worth it.


    • May 16, 2020 9:10 am

      Sue – it just took time and I seem to have a lot of that just now. It was fun to do.


      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        May 17, 2020 2:38 am

        Well I am pleased you had the time and used it in that way. Doing fun things feels very important at present.


      • May 17, 2020 10:41 am

        Sue – Oh yes! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  3. May 16, 2020 12:52 am

    So interesting to hear about the origins of the fabrics and I am in awe of those teeny tiny hexagon flowers.


    • May 16, 2020 9:12 am

      Tialys – those tiny hexies were a challenge but they were the reason for stitching the whole piece.


  4. May 15, 2020 7:43 pm

    Wow, Jean, this is exquisite! I love all the different scraps you incorporated, and especially love that so many are Japan-related. I went to Japan for the first time last fall (to climb Mount Fuji while I was 50!) and I cannot wait to go back.


    • May 15, 2020 11:00 pm

      Sunny – most of what I do has some connection to Japan. My first visit was in 1983 when my son was a Rotary exchange there for a year, then back in 1987 for 6 months at Kawashima Textile School and more recently in 2012 and again in 2016 to the Japanese Textile Workshop with Bryan Whitehead. I was hoping to visit Bryan in May this year but of course that didn’t happen. As I get older I think each trip may be my last but am always drawn back. Climbing Mt. Fuji must have been a wonderful experience, I hope you get back in more settled times.


  5. May 15, 2020 1:48 pm

    I love how you’ve pieced the background, which for me evokes a cold winter landscape. Love your tiny delicate hexies. I think this piece should be called ‘Yuki no hana’.


    • May 15, 2020 1:55 pm

      Kate – oh! thank you, wonderful title. Translated as “Snow Flowers” and there is even a song of the same title, in Japanese of course. Don’t think I’m going to make any more tiny hexies in a hurry.


  6. May 15, 2020 12:50 pm

    So many interesting scraps! The result does evoke the inspiration piece…The hexies are so small!


  7. Joanne S permalink
    May 15, 2020 12:01 pm

    I love this. It’s so calm. And those tiny hexies. Wow. Makes me think of Shibori.


  8. May 15, 2020 11:09 am

    Lovely. Cheerful, yet serene at the same time. And what a great use of a wide variety of scrap materials!


    • May 15, 2020 11:25 am

      Sue – thank you, it was fun to do and I found out how small I wanted to go making hexies. It’s great to learn new things.


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