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Scrap Happy October 2022

October 15, 2022

I’ve been sorting through the stash of small silk scraps to sew a backing for the needle and thread doodling piece

it’s 148″ X 4.5″ so any silk scrap that was wide enough got stitched together

some of my favorite bits are ones that still have stitching from a previous owner

I like to wonder who they were, where they lived (many are kimono scraps) and when, in the history of the world they were made

the piece below was a sample I wove while, at Kawashima Textile School in 1987

woven at 42 warp ends per inch, the taupe coloured weft was handspun from silk cocoons

the fabric was made into a kimono style jacket with weft kasuri (ikat) patterns

 I understand kasuri and the work and time that goes into the dyeing technique

there is still a sizable pile of the Indonesian ikat scraps which Rosie had her eye on

it made her happy to have a new sun dress with a pleated skirt

the trim was drapery fabric from my interior design days

with mother-of-pearl buttons to finish

Rosie likes the bib style top making it modest enough to wear without a t-shirt

and perfect to wear in our sunny Autumn weather

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, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean (me), Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera,
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Carol,
Preeti, Debbierose, Nóilin and Viv

14 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2022 2:13 am

    What a cute outfit, lovely use of very pretty scraps.


  2. October 17, 2022 1:42 am

    What a beautiful skirt!


  3. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    October 16, 2022 8:53 am

    Working with silk is such a joy! One I rarely get as it is so expensive to buy. And as always Rosie’s outfit is very cute.


    • October 16, 2022 11:02 am

      Sue – most of the silk is old bits and pieces from when I made my own clothes or Japanese bought in the markets. Of course I also spin and weave silk, even buying silk fiber to spin is expensive now.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. claire93 permalink
    October 16, 2022 1:35 am

    love the dress for Rosie ^^


  5. October 16, 2022 12:58 am

    What beautiful silk scraps you have. It’s always lovely to know the history of pieces and fascinating to speculate about the unknown ones.


    • October 16, 2022 11:06 am

      Jan – one of the reasons I am so intrigued with fibre and textiles is the history and the people who have worked with them over the many years.


  6. October 15, 2022 5:48 pm

    I love how you have assembled all those delicately-coloured pieces into what looks like a very harmonious mixture. This should be a very pretty scrappy solution to the backing you need.


  7. October 15, 2022 12:55 pm

    Sweet! We’ve both been sewing for our little companions – it is nice to make them happy with little scraps!


    • October 15, 2022 11:17 pm

      Kjerstin – the bears have been good company these past 2 1/2 years. as you know it is fun creating their stories and sewing outfits.

      Liked by 1 person

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