Wednesday, 27 June 2012

a heart's progress

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Any project like this is going to need a lot of stitching to keep all those pieces in place.

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textile hearts

Beads help to cover any spots not covered up properly.

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textile heart

The beads were not in the scrap bag admittedly, but they were part of a bracelet that broke a few years ago. I knew they would come in useful someday:)

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Monday, 25 June 2012

A Repeat.


recycled fabric

These are not projects that I have made from scraps from the scrap bag, but some table runners that I made for a workshop a few years ago. It was based on  the recycling of upholstery fabrics, and other bits and pieces. The red squares in the top piece were cut from a an old silk shirt, and lots of those silk bits ended up in the bag.


Using the silk scraps, along with some other scraps of red I decided to put together another one of these.

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Fiddly to do....Uh Yeah! ...but it will hopefully be worthwhile :)

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Friday, 22 June 2012

Ta Dah!

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Finished (sort of) journal.

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The pages have not been stitched in yet because I am still working on them.

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Tied up with the strip made earlier here.
(There are still scraps in that bag, so stay tuned!)

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

the hitch...and the solution!

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I left you with a hitch...
The nature of the background means that the stitching on this needs to be quite intensive.
So now I have to stich in and out of those shapes!

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First some big pebbling

I normally stitch my backgrounds before adding other elements, but got carried away with the freezer paper idea that I just ploughed on ahead without thinking things through.

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Then some smaller ones (now you see it)

It is fiddly getting in and out of these motifs and inevitably some stray stitches will show up on the black.
 
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(Now you don't) With the help of some black felt pen!

Of course all this could have been avoided if I had done the background stitching FIRST!!!

book cover

I will leave you with a view of the back/inside (sorry this is a non scrap bag piece.)

Stay tuned to see the finished article.

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Monday, 18 June 2012

Trying something new.

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I have had these doodles hanging about for quite a while. Time to put them to use.

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I use freezer paper templates with paint and wondered about applying the same priciple for adding a stitched motif.

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I could have stitched the motif I choose by eye, but would not have been able to keep any uniformity.
Seems to work!

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I am feeling quite pleased with myself at this point....but I have spotted a hitch...

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Friday, 15 June 2012

scrap bag book cover

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I need a book cover and time is of the essence, so I have used the needle felter/embellisher on this.

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I am not going to lie to you, I had to go into my stash to complete this one. The first quarter of the strips were from the bag, but I needed to make a cover and I didn't have enough to complete it.
Next step is to add the stitching. No idea what to do at this point.
As I have mentioned before, my "go to" is usually floral but I shall try to go in a different direction.
Until next time!

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

coiled and ready to go

#This IS the last post with alternative use for strips#

I have been admiring things like this and this for a while and I think I have found one use for these.
I have a plan that involves some baskets but for now I have been practising with a smaller project.

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This is how I have been doing it but there are some very good instructions here if you fancy giving this a go. Just type coiled fabric wrapped bowls/baskets into your search engine to see more.

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...still in a jubilee mood around here...


...I am going back to my scrap bag... which seems to be a bit of a bottomless pit...

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Thursday, 7 June 2012

More with the thin strips

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This is my version of machine wrapped cords.
Darning/free motion foot and a zig zag stitch.

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Zig zag up and down the strip, putting as much or a little stitch as you wish.

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Here some  ready to go.
Put together some strips and use another to wrap around the middle.

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Fold in half and wrap with another strip.

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Eh Voila! One tassle!

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This one is earmarked for wrapping a birthday gift.

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This long multi coloured strip will be used to wrap around a journal or some such.
Are you tired of the strips yet? :)

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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

the big and the small (scraps cont.)

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There was one decent size piece of hand dyed in the bag, with a chunk cut out of it for the shed in the previous project! (Sorry it's not pressed!)

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There are also a lot of these strips of various colours.

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I have taken a few, tied them in a bundle and added them to the larger piece to make this...

prayer flag

Well those of you that know me well would know that at some point I would make a Prayer Flag!
This one is obviously for Play, which is after all, what I am doing here!

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