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Scrap Happy January

January 14, 2021


happy, scrappy New Year

while tidying up the stash I came across some small pieces saved from when the grands were younger

more window hexies!

numbers 44 and 45 with two for following weeks

with two kid’s theme ones already made there will be enough for a hexie wreath

this is my favorite – the little spaceman looks like grandson, Iain, at that age

he’s all grown up now

and I’m working on my “always wanted to do” list

a Blue Boro Bear

first introduced in my blog on January 10th

an old pillow case for the foundation fabric

using the smallest scraps of indigo, some handwoven and blues – with a dash of colour

not exactly sure how the boro pieces will look when stitched together

I started with the legs

as the foot pads will be seen when teddy is sitting I decided on something bright

all the boro stitching is done with thrums

the stuffing I had from other projects

now – one more leg

a body and head, two arms and ears

then bear will need a name

oops! I forgot to add links so you could enjoy other scrappy creations

KateGun, 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 and Ann

33 Comments leave one →
  1. knotfancyknitter permalink
    January 28, 2021 2:41 pm

    I love that bear- he is going to look great!


  2. January 17, 2021 1:29 pm

    I love hexies and that bear is going to be gorgeous.


  3. January 17, 2021 1:45 am

    Loving the bear already.


  4. January 16, 2021 2:17 am

    I have a soft spot for bears and am looking forward to seeing your boro bear. Looking good so far.


    • January 16, 2021 10:51 am

      Lynn – I think bears hold happy memories for many of us. Boro bear will hold scraps of memory too.


  5. January 15, 2021 7:25 pm

    The bear will be lovely, and I loved reading the meaning of the word in your comment to Sue of Going Batty in Wales. A visit to your blog is always a nice peaceful moment for me!


    • January 15, 2021 10:16 pm

      Gwen – thank you. There was an amazing, wonderful museum in Tokyo dedicated to boro, unfortunately it has closed. I was fortunate to visit it twice.


  6. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    January 15, 2021 8:41 am

    How is boro pronounced please? I googled it again and have started a project of my own but that will be my scrap happy for Feb so for now it is secret. Thank you for the inspiration. I love the idea of your bear with his cheerful paws!


    • January 15, 2021 10:49 am

      Sue – soft “b” – or (this or that) – long “o” (oh) In Japanese it means rags and was cloth (both clothing and bed covers) made out of dire necessity by women who worked all day with a baby on their back and then stitched at night by candle light – not the pre-planned, neat and pretty patchwork pieces that it has become trendy to make in the westernized quilting world. The plain running stitch is more like “kantha” stitch used in India to recycle sari pieces into beautiful work. Sashiko is a Japanese embroidery work using traditional patterns and is more designed and structured than boro mending stitches. Looking forward to seeing your Feb. work.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        January 16, 2021 3:23 am

        Thank you for the explanation Jean. I think mine will definitely look more in the style of a tired peasant working in poor light than a work of art! But then I am a peasant even if I have a good electric light to work by!


      • January 16, 2021 10:31 am

        Sue – it was honest work, made to be used and definitely recycled/repurposed. My kind of “art”.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        January 17, 2021 3:50 am

        Mine too.


      • January 17, 2021 10:23 am

        Sue – 🙂

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  7. January 15, 2021 5:57 am

    The spaceman fabric is so cute, very vintage. Boro stitching takes forever and to make it into a blue bear- well wonderful.


    • January 15, 2021 8:38 am

      Cathy – stitching the small pieces, in some cases through several layers, needs a very sharp needle and considerable effort.


  8. January 14, 2021 6:06 pm

    It’s entertaining when something surfaces from the past – you wonder why if it’s not something that looks almost finished OR you think how can I make this into something really nice and special.


    • January 14, 2021 9:54 pm

      Catherine – in the case of the fabric bits it is just nice to reduce the pile. It will be fun to join all the hexies and make something? – don’t know what.

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  9. emilysuzanna permalink
    January 14, 2021 5:11 pm

    This bear will be a treasure!


  10. January 14, 2021 4:33 pm

    That is going to be a very cute bear. Maybe ‘Ursula’? Or ‘Borowis’, which is an old English version of the name Burroughs?


    • January 14, 2021 10:01 pm

      Kate have to see him/her finished before the naming.


      • January 15, 2021 1:14 am

        Of course! It’s like a baby; you can’t decide the final name until you’ve seen the face!


      • January 15, 2021 8:35 am

        Kate – at this time I haven’t decided if it is a boy or girl although I think Arthur is looking forward to a brother.

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  11. January 14, 2021 3:38 pm

    Love the hexies and waiting to see Mr. Bear completed 🥰


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