ScrapHappy October 2018

Several years ago I came across a maker who I greatly admired. I looked at her work and I pondered whether I could emulate it, but in the end I decided that it was beyond me and that, therefore, if I got the opportunity, I would buy one of her creations. So, unusually, this month’s ScrapHappy post features a creation that is not my own.

Fwo weeks ago I managed to get to Yarndale (more on this in a future post) and finally to see the wonderful creations of  Sue Reed, The Woolly Pedlar for real. I was so captivated, that I completely forgot to take any pictures of her stall, so it you want to see more of her work, you’ll have to follow the link. Sue uses old knitwear as the raw material to make amazing dresses, shawls, ponchos, coats, hats and more. In Sue’s own words:

I take waste knitwear and create new pieces from it, saving it from landfill. Textile waste is a huge problem, and landfill sites are full of discarded textiles that could be upcycled into new things.

And this is the poncho I bought:

One of the things I love about Sue’s creations is that she can use damaged knitwear. Elbows of a sweater worn through? No problem, just use the bits that are still intact. Moths got your cardigan? Cut out the squares from between the holes. Her eye for colour is amazing, as are her quirky designs. What an inspirational ScrapHappy business she has created.

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I’ve been inspired to write this (and future) ScrapHappy posts by Kate, who provides links to other (mostly sewing) ScrapHappy bloggers at Tall Tales from Chiconia on the fifteenth of every month… do check them out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. OOooh, poncho envy! I do sometimes wish I lived somewhere that encouraged the use of knitwear… Great post, and do offer us more posts about other people’s work where you see something relevant. It’s such a great source of inspiration.

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  2. I know exactly how you feel about this art! I too own a recycled top, bought about four or five years ago and still going strong – it sports at least ten different fabrics from recycled clothing items and is fabulous! I too wondered if I could emulate the work. I aspire to it, but have never quite gotten up the courage to try 🙂

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    • It must be so lovely to have an enormous palette of colours to choose from when making such garments… and I suppose that is the challenge for us amateurs compared to the professionals.
      Anyway, it is such a joy to support makers like Sue… and I’m happy to be able to give her my custom. Oh and the poncho is lovely to wear.

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  3. That is so cool- truly recycling at its best:)

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  4. Just loving the hood!

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  5. Jo

     /  October 15, 2018

    Your new shawl looks nice and warm too 😊🐸

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  6. Gorgeous! And with hot pink in it too! Such lovely photos of you.

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  7. OH MY> It is lovely and you look so Scrap HAPPY wearing it.

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  8. What a great way to salvage some of the many textiles that are discarded. You are looking very warm, cosy and stylish in your poncho.

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  9. Beautiful and useful. Plus, it looks so comfortable.

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  10. It’s wonderful. What isn’t wonderful is that I seem to have missed reading your recent posts. Not sure how that happened, so I’ll blameless wordpress. Catching up now 🙂

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  11. Oooh, that looks cosy! What a beautiful creation… And an inspiring business idea too. I bet you can’t wait for the temperatures to creep down a little more! Also, don’t you have an overlocker in your crafting arsenal? You could probably have a go at making your own version next…

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  12. Such a cool solution to a particular kind of waste!

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  13. Joanne S

     /  October 16, 2018

    Well that looks comfy toasty. A nice salvage!

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