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Scrap Happy November 2022

November 14, 2022

considering it is November this entry is out of season

but when the idea strikes one has to seize the moment

many years of effort has made me more cautious, instead of jumping in and making the hat from all handwoven fabric

I decided to make a sample from commercial fabric – which led to creating a boro stitched center panel

all scraps

 the crown and brim are co-ordinating fabrics from my interior design days and are stiff like canvas so worked well

the brim lining is something leftover from a project years ago

and the flower was woven several years ago on a pin loom using handspun paper thread (shifu)

the idea came from Handwoven magazine September/October 2022 issue

they conveniently gave the source of the hat pattern

and btw this is a very interesting site

the hat fits nicely  – loose enough not to give me a headache but tight enough not to blow off in a Summer wind

so back to the original idea – auditioning handwoven fabrics

the hardest part was the selfie!

and here is a special extra – the start of next month’s Scrap Happy

with special thanks to Ann Wood

Christmas trees to make in time for gift giving – she calls this recreational patchwork

(the finished trees next month)

not being a quilter I’d never heard of it but it is so quick, easy and addictive – what’s next?

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). the one you post.

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

31 Comments leave one →
  1. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    November 17, 2022 3:04 am

    I really like that pattern – and your embellishment of it. I will follow the link. I saw the Ann Wood post too and if I have time will try some of the trees. Her patchwork idea is so clever!


    • November 17, 2022 10:03 pm

      Sue – I really like the patchwork idea, it’s quick and easy. But — the trees are a little more fiddly and time consuming, the stitching on some of the squares/patches are coming unstitched due to all the fiddling to turn the trees right side out (I’m handstitching them where necessary) it takes time and care to get all the pointy areas neat and now I’m enjoying the quilting. So far I have 8 finished and am hoping for a few more.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        November 20, 2022 7:26 am

        had a feeling the devil would be in the trees! * sounds a lot of work.


      • November 20, 2022 10:25 am

        Sue – I think there are a few monkeys swinging around in the trees too.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        November 21, 2022 2:29 am

        Ha Ha Ha!


  2. claire93 permalink
    November 16, 2022 1:41 am

    we should definitely all wear a hat more often!


    • November 16, 2022 11:09 am

      Claire – I’m not a great hat wearer – but keeping the sun off in the summer and a toque (very Canadian) in the winter is a necessity.


  3. November 16, 2022 1:20 am

    Love your hat!


  4. November 15, 2022 12:47 pm

    Love your hat! How fun that you and Kjerstin are making trees together. 😊


    • November 15, 2022 1:01 pm

      Sue – that was a surprise for both of us, guess the energy is flowing up/down the hill (we only live a few miles apart).

      Liked by 1 person

  5. November 15, 2022 8:23 am

    Absolutely love the boro hat.


  6. November 15, 2022 7:16 am

    Hooray for your summer hat! I am amused by your “next month” scrap project. I have never heard of recreational patchwork either! Shall we trade one?! I will have some extra.


    • November 15, 2022 9:56 am

      Kjerstin – I just couldn’t resist, your trees look wonderful, I’m struggling with what do use for backing. Yes please, I’d love to trade one.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. November 15, 2022 7:01 am

    I adore your hat. A few years ago one of my hats got badly chewed by the dog and I threw it away… now I wish I hadn’t because I could have mended it using scraps like this… sigh… next time…


  8. November 15, 2022 6:38 am

    Love the hat, I’ll be nipping over to the website to take a look at the pattern. I have a big head, so I hope it’s re-sizeable. In this climate, you can never have too many pretty hats!


    • November 15, 2022 10:00 am

      Kate – go for it, you have lots of colourful scraps, I expect to see something wild and exotic.


      • November 15, 2022 1:42 pm

        *Another* one for the project list… Actually, it’d go rather well with the patchwork coat which is the next big thing.


      • November 15, 2022 2:07 pm

        Kate – this one goes very quickly, it’s summer, put it on the top of the list.


      • November 16, 2022 2:10 am

        I just downloaded the pattern!


      • November 16, 2022 11:06 am

        Kate – are you trying out bright patterns and colours?


      • November 16, 2022 6:18 pm

        Yes, definitely! I’m debating whether to use whole fabrics or scraps (which might add extra thickness due to lots of seams), but it will definitely be bright!


      • November 16, 2022 10:19 pm

        Kate – can’t wait to see it!


  9. Susan Nixon permalink
    November 14, 2022 1:25 pm

    Oh, I do like the hat! I’d love to wear one, but I think I’d be hopeless at making it. It’s sort of 3D, after all! I look forward to seeing your trees next month, too.


    • November 14, 2022 1:40 pm

      Susan – the hat was really easy to make – the boro middle section just made it a little difficult. I am pleased with how well it fits.


  10. November 21, 2022 11:32 am

    Kate – so happy you made the hat with plans for more. Your hat looks great! Thanks for the link.



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