ScrapHappy September 2022

Last month I showed you the start of the latest scrappy crochet bunting. With all the donated scraps it was easy to find enough so that each of the flags was a different colour and so that I had enough to stretch across the width of the shop. Since each triangle tends to curl a little, I decided to counter this by sewing a couple of metal beads (from a pre-loved collection) on the point of each.

My other scrappy activity in the shop this month has been to put together some texture packs from lots of odds and ends of yarn. I came across a few such packs in a stash that I bought and they proved popular with customers, so now I’ve started to make my own. Each one contains a minimum of 30 m (and generally much more) of yarn in lengths of about 3m (plus some extra shorter bits if there are scraps left over). I select interesting mixes of textures and put them together in colour-themed packs. The packaging is all reused: cardboard from boxes and polythene wrap from packs of wool or fabric. They get bought for use in embroidery, weaving and macramé amongst other things, giving crafters a range of interesting yarn without having to buy lots of balls that would mostly go unused.

So, I’m not just making things with scraps myself, I also feel like I’m spreading the love of scraps to a wider audience.

-oOo-

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 often publish a ScrapHappy post, do check them out:

Kate,  Gun, Eva,  Sue, Lynda, Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill, JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys, ClaireJeanJon, DawnJuleGwen, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue LVera, NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Carol, Preeti, DebbieroseNóilin and Viv

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.

Leave a comment

22 Comments

  1. What a good idea! You’re both reusing scraps and preventing future scraps, win-win! If you find a minute, could I trouble you to update your list of links using the one on my post? We’ve had some drop-outs and additions since the one shown above.

    Like

    Reply
  2. You keep coming up with new and brilliant ideas! And the shop is looking really stunning. SO WISH I could swing by!

    Like

    Reply
  3. Susan Nixon

     /  September 15, 2022

    The banner is great, and so is the idea of spreading scrappiness.

    Like

    Reply
  4. Going Batty in Wales

     /  September 15, 2022

    The bunting is such fun! And I am tempted myself by those packs even though I have no idea what I would use one for! I know the shop has to be financially viable but inspiring others to use up scrap and be creative has to be a very important spin off.

    Like

    Reply
  5. What a great idea for the yarn packs. I just love one with mixed threads like this.

    Like

    Reply
  6. Love the yarn packs, great idea.

    Like

    Reply
  7. The shop looks so inviting, wish I could drop in. The yarn packs are a great idea, if only we were close enough I would love to make you some.

    Like

    Reply
  8. You are spreading the love, and it’s wonderful!

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
  9. Great! Love your flags and the leftover yarn idea!

    Like

    Reply
  10. mlmcspadden

     /  September 16, 2022

    Great idea on the yarn assortments, I’ve bought ones like that for use in my postcards and crazy quilting. And nice bunting.

    Like

    Reply
  11. I love everything about your shop. It’s a beautiful idea. Your crocheted banner looks terrific in the window while providing a festive and inviting entry.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: