ScrapHappy November 2021

The rag rug is coming on since last month, but it really isn’t interesting enough to feature on every ScrapHappy (which is supposed to inspire, not send you to sleep). However, it does produce scraps of its own – offcuts too small to use in the rug or, indeed, almost anywhere else:

Scraplets

Since I’m running short of greetings cards, I decided to use a few of these tiny scraps to experiment. I started with a small piece of an old sheet as the base and then just laid some of the tiny bits of fabric on top. Some random sewing with the machine fixed them in place and then I stitched each finished piece onto a card blank – no glue required.

Since I didn’t fix the pieces before sewing, they moved about a little, but this didn’t matter. I did discover that I needed more scraps than I originally thought because quite a bit of overlap is required to stop the base fabric showing through. Anyway, I’m content with these two as first attempts and I still have plenty fabric to make lots more and refine my technique.

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I’ve been inspired to write this (and future) ScrapHappy posts by Kate,  Tall Tales from Chiconia. On the fifteenth of every month lots of folk s often publish a ScrapHappy post, do check them out:

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda, Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan (me), Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2 , Bear, Carol, Noreen, Preeti, Edith, Jule and Esther

If you fancy joining, contact Kate and she’ll add you to the list. It would be lovely to see more non-sewing posts, but any use of scraps is welcome.

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  1. nice idea to use up your “scraplets” – they will have touchy/feely feeling for your recipients…

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  2. I think this is a really great idea, just the sort of thing that appeals to me 🙂

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  3. I’m sure anybody receiving a bit of your textile art through the post will be delighted with it.

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  4. I love those. The randomness of it, and the texture.

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  5. This is proper Art, because you have considered colour, pattern and placement. Lovely! Tiny scraps fight back 😊

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  6. Oh ho! I love this idea, and I foresee many scraplet cards for my friends in the future! I like the idea and the two you’ve made.

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  7. Love them , but I dispute that those are small scraps.

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  8. Bear

     /  November 15, 2021

    Love it, I’d throw in a button here or there, or a few beads or fancy lace scraps. I really like this idea, though, and just might have to steal it. It would make quite a unique card.

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    • I did think about buttons, but then I decided that it was best not to for sending through the post, but for hand-delivered ones, it’s certainly something I will do.

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      • Bear

         /  November 16, 2021

        When I send something with buttons or the like, I take a piece of cereal box and fold it around. That way it will go smooth through the machines. Often, even then, I ask for hand-cancel… just something my postperson shared with me for how to send.

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  9. lucky recipients, they are little works of art. Love the idea and like others here may have to give it a go.

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  10. What a great idea! The cards are looking so good!

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  11. Going Batty in Wales

     /  November 16, 2021

    That is a really good way to use up the tiny pieces. Much nicer than a bought card.

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  12. I love this idea and once I have scraps again, will certainly give it a go. One thing that came to mind (because my Mum left a lot of very small scraps behind and my sister is dealing with them) is to thread some dental floss onto a strong needle, then put the needle through the centre of the scraps, even going back and forth to ‘ruffle’ a piece if it’s longer than the others. Once you have a long string of this, it could be wound around a wreath form or even some grapevine twisted to make a somewhat circular shape. Then you’d have a lovely, colourful, scrappy wreath! But you may not have enough scraps for that . . . Still I could see it in my head . . .

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