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Scrap Happy December

December 14, 2020

here we are – at the end of the year we will never forget

“making” is the only thing that has kept me sane

I first wrote about Korean pincushions here stars

once I’d made the first one I just couldn’t stop

you know the feeling!

the instructions came in PDF form from Youngmin Lee

it was really nice to meet her online and she was very helpful

they don’t take a lot of fabric but need to be firmly stuffed

you can mix and match fabrics for lots of fun

the instructions don’t suggest using English paper piecing (not traditional in Korea)

but I found it very helpful

this fabric is a small piece I’ve been saving since being gifted it in Japan

it is woven with horse hair on a silk warp

the black, bottom section is from an old pair of woolen pants


next, I’d been saving this silk ( bottom dark piece) of Bryan’s

it is handwoven with his hand raised, reeled silk dyed with kakishibu

the top piece is my handwoven silk shibori

both fabrics proved to be difficult to work with

my shibori was too soft and didn’t hold the shape very well

Bryan’s fabric is so tightly woven and stiff it was also difficult to shape

the blue one  – (top in picture) was the first and currently in use

the blue one below it was made from designer fabric scraps – quick and  easy to make

the little fabric knot in the center is a traditional ” bakjwi” or bat figure and symbolizes wishes for

good luck, happiness, health, prosperity and joy

all of which the world could use in abundance this coming new year

oh! and the hexie in the top picture is for Monday’s window – number 42

I’m getting hexie fatigue

here are links to other happy scrappers

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


16 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2020 3:51 pm

    is it possible to back the soft fabric with a (goodness forget real term) stiffening fabric – all I can think of is “facing material” – not enough that it will make it stiffer than you want but to give it some body…


    • December 15, 2020 4:10 pm

      cedar51 – not necessary it is fine, handwoven (by me) silk in a twill, even the finest interfacing would just ruin the fabric and with a little care I made it work. Won’t use it again for that technique.

      Liked by 1 person

      • December 15, 2020 9:51 pm

        I’m a retired weaver – so understand. I’m not more of a mixed media maker, Catherine in NZ


      • December 15, 2020 11:15 pm

        Catherine – I like to work with all sorts of different materials, see what they can make. It’s more fun than just going to the store.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Susan Nixon permalink
    December 15, 2020 12:56 pm

    How interesting those are. I like that you took the pattern and made it your own by doing EPP, too.


    • December 15, 2020 1:50 pm

      Susan – since I’ve been making a lot of hexies this year EPP just made sense. I love Youngmin’s work it is so exact and detailed but I’m not Korean and I don’t believe in cultural appropriation so I make changes to fit my needs. But I do love what the bat knot signifies.


  3. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    December 15, 2020 8:59 am

    I find textiles endlessly fascinating – so many variations to the thread used, way it is woven let alone the colours and patterns! Your pincushions are delightful and thank you for the link.


    • December 15, 2020 10:32 am

      Sue – I am happy to share the link and hope to see other happy scrappers interpretations. they were fun to make and you could use almost any fabric,colours and thread.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. December 15, 2020 6:19 am

    The pincushions are so interesting. A great way to use up little bits of different fabrics. I love the little bats-knots.


    • December 15, 2020 10:28 am

      Kjerstin – the bat knots took a bit of practice but I love the symbolism, of course you could substitute a button or bead. There is something very appealing about them, they would make a good footstool/hassock for a Hitty.


  5. youngminleebojagi permalink
    December 14, 2020 5:35 pm

    So lovely to see your flower pincushions! Thanks for making them and spread positive energy!


    • December 14, 2020 8:47 pm

      Youngmin – thank you for the instructions. I loved making them and will continue. Peace and Joy to you and your family in this season and into the New Year. Stay safe.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. December 14, 2020 1:59 pm

    Thank you for the link. The cushions you are making are definite treasures!


    • December 14, 2020 2:31 pm

      Barb – she was very nice to deal with. Her work is beautiful. I will be making more as gifts, they are very detailed by fun.


  7. December 14, 2020 1:13 pm

    The detail about handling the different is interesting. The variation caused by weave tightness makes sense. Very cute pincushions, too!


    • December 14, 2020 2:29 pm

      Kate – even after weaving for 40 years I was surprised by the density of Bryan’s silk. It is difficult to push pins or needles into to finished cushion.

      Liked by 1 person

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