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Scrap Happy April 2022

April 14, 2022

the horn bag (tsunobukuro) started last month is finishedI lined it with more indigo dyed cotton thinking it would make the bag stronger

and finished the top with handmade bias binding

traditionally the bags are not lined

  I should have known that the Japanese, who have been making and using them for generations, are smarter than me

the lining pulls up when taking things out (imagine the mess with rice or beans) and now I am thinking of a way to secure it

oh well, it is good to “live and learn”

and a bonus – the cloth I often use as a background when photographing is woven rags made 20 years ago and still looks new

today I’m starting page #13 of the Ann Wood’s inspired 100 day challenge – that’s day 61 – over the half way mark

celebrating Spring – page #8

and just finished

page # 12 – pockets with some very special scraps

from the top – a sample from my Kawashima classmate Flora Ito, the weft is her handspun shifu paper thread

below it is my shifu woven scrap

and finally –  silk, hand reared, reeled and kakishibu (persimmon) dyed by Bryan Whitehead at the Japanese Textile Workshop

the crocheted piece is an orphan from my Mother’s box of lacy bits


finally a quote – sorry, I don’t know who wrote it

“Art washes from the soul the Dust of everyday Life”

update — thanks Jule   the quote is from Pablo Picasso

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, 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 Viv

16 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2022 2:05 am

    agree – love the scrap creations

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  2. April 16, 2022 1:07 am

    Love your blue horn bag!

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  3. April 15, 2022 11:52 pm

    That’s so lovely. Could you sew in a couple of poppers/press studs to secure the lining?


    • April 16, 2022 11:18 am

      Dawn – thank you, I hadn’t thought of press studs, one of the things I like about the whole design is that it is made on the bias so moves and stretches in different directions. the fabric would be constantly stressed if firmly fixed or restrained. I am working on a partial solution, will show it next month.

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    April 15, 2022 7:45 am

    I love it all! You have a collection of very special scraps!


  5. April 15, 2022 1:00 am

    I love your pages. 🙂 The quote is by Pablo Picasso – and so true.


  6. April 14, 2022 7:18 pm

    I love everything! The persimmon-dyed scrap and the quote especially made me smile!


    • April 14, 2022 9:55 pm

      Kjerstin – kaki shibu is used in Japan to strengthen the paper used to make stencils and also as a wood preservative applied like paint and of course it makes a great dye when set by leaving it in very strong sunlight for several days. wonder how someone figured all that out? I too love that quote.

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  7. April 14, 2022 4:15 pm

    The colour of that persimmon dye is wonderful, so rich and intense.


  8. April 14, 2022 12:47 pm

    Beautiful work, as usual. Hope you find a way to secure that lining… you wouldn’t want to “spill the beans”


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