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Scrap Happy November

November 14, 2021

stitching scrappy hearts

starting in the center and building up around it – something like log cabin

I’ve made circles and squares for years

they are good for clothing patches, coasters and fun on a boro piece

stitched with precious handwoven scraps

the first three – with hangers of twisted thrums

and a fine piping around the edge

they would have been much quicker to make without the piping but it makes a nice finish

the backing creates a pocket to hold a note or card or tiny gift

working on a fourth

the fabric on the left is handspun silk with an ikat (kasuri) pattern which I wove years ago

made into a light jacket and matching tank top – the jacket is from a Japanese Saori pattern book

years ago several mother’s and girls from Saori’s class of challenged weavers visited Victoria

they presented a fashion show at the Victoria Art Gallery – they were so excited and pleased with their creations

the instructions are all in Japanese but are quite easy to follow

and an special trick or treat

Little Bear’s Halloween ghost costume – a patchwork of old sheeting I use for backing boro

I cut holes and buttonhole stitched them for the ears and used thrums for the stitching

Little Bear is all scraps – handwoven fabric and his pants are from an old shirt

you can see all the bears in their Halloween costumes here

 the scraps keep getting smaller and smaller!

and from Kate;

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.

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean (me), Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera,
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Bear, Carol,
Preeti, Edith, Debbierose and Esther

Update — Mon. November 15th morning after a night of steady torrential rain which hasn’t stopped

the fourth heart is finished

I’ve hung them on the mantlepiece – like Christmas stockings, waiting for messages

my garden has 2-3 inches of standing water everwhere

I put on foul weather gear, from my sailing days, just to take the picture

this is what Bowker Creek looked like yesterday before the stormy night

high and fast – even the ducks were struggling


26 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2021 2:06 am

    I love the hearts and the idea of the little bear’s Halloween costume.
    Thanks for putting your wet weather gear on for showing us your waterlogged garden. I feel your pain as we had torrential rain a few weeks ago that, due to incorrect drainage not fixed by previous owners, caused our septic tank to overflow but nobody would want to see a photo of that 😬


    • November 18, 2021 10:39 am

      Lynn – oh no, septic tank problems are not fun!! I hope everything is fixed now. The gov’t has declared a state of emergency in the province. In 40 hours the rain was so heavy everything is flooded, all major highways are closed with landslides, road washouts and bridges collapsed. Transport trucks can’t move; food, gasoline and medicines are stuck and in the major agriculture area the water rose so quickly that thousands of animals (cattle and chickens) have drowned. Fortunately the flooding damage in Victoria , on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, has been minimal. Don’t even want to think what food and gas is going to cost once this is all cleaned up.


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    November 16, 2021 2:55 am

    Those scrappy hearts are lovely and the pocket is a brilliant idea – I know you love pockets! Stay safe, warm and dry. You inspire me so often with your makes I need you to keep posting. Sue


    • November 16, 2021 9:27 am

      Sue – thank you, I’ll keep posting as long as there is something to write about – or as long as WordPress and the computer makes it possible! And I even found a way to put a pocket in a heart.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. November 16, 2021 2:05 am

    Love your scrappy hearts!!!


  4. vdbolyard permalink
    November 15, 2021 6:00 pm

    jean, you never cease to amaze me! i love these hearts, everything about them sings!


    • November 15, 2021 9:46 pm

      Hi Velma – how are you doing in the new place? The hearts were pleasant, evening stitching. didn’t stress my brain and I like the results. Will have to dig out some more handwoven scraps.


  5. November 15, 2021 9:01 am

    I love your scrappy hearts, and the place for a note.


  6. November 15, 2021 7:36 am

    Oh lovely – The Ikat Saori jacket is really beautiful, it’s so satisfying to use up precious scraps, and the extra work of piping is worth it for the effect. I hope you are staying dry up there on the hill!


    • November 15, 2021 10:46 am

      Kjerstin – the jacket was my first effort at kasuri after I’d learned it at Kawashima. Now we’ve had enough rain to see us through the winter, the garden is almost entirely covered in 2-3 inches of water. Not complaining as some parts of the province are in serious trouble. Hope you and the Hittys are staying dry.


  7. claire93 permalink
    November 15, 2021 4:54 am

    such gorgeous use of some very beautiful fabric ^^


    • November 15, 2021 10:47 am

      Claire – thank you, it was fun discovering some weaving scraps I had totally forgotten about.


  8. November 15, 2021 1:25 am

    What beautiful scrappy hearts


  9. November 15, 2021 1:03 am

    Love those hearts.


  10. November 14, 2021 7:26 pm

    That is a beautiful tank top and jacket, and the scrappy heart are beautiful too!


    • November 14, 2021 10:14 pm

      Gwen – thank you, I’ve worn the jacket for years but the top is a wee bit tight now – sigh! The hearts have been fun to make and brought back memories of weaving I’d forgotten I’d done.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. November 14, 2021 4:51 pm

    Oh, those hearts are adorable. I’m going to steal the idea and make scrappy decorations to hang on my Christmas tree!


    • November 14, 2021 10:15 pm

      Kate – be my guest! These hearts are a bit too big for the tree but I did think it is a good idea while making them. They also make nice gift pincushions.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. November 14, 2021 2:23 pm

    Beautiful 😍


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