ScrapHappy April 2023 – Rabbit, Rabbit

Finally, a year after opening the shop, we’ve managed to get round to starting our long-planned stitching club. Once a month we’re meeting up to work on some projects using textiles. The last day in March saw our inaugural meeting of Textile Club. For our first get-together, we wanted a simple project that would allow us to chat about our interests, discuss future projects and get to know each other a bit. My friend and collaborator, Annette, found a simple template to work from and I collected together fabric, ribbons and beads from the shop’s huge collection of scraps. Everyone could then choose the fabric and embellishments that appealed and stitch by hand or on a sewing machine (electric or hand) to create their own Easter bunny. I chose a to make a sunny bunny, but there was a wide variety in the final line up:

Future sessions will also use scraps, so there should be plenty scrappy creations to share in coming months.

Back to the crochet and I also felt the need for a bollard bunny, so here he is:

All the yarn was scrap – the little chest piece and the insides of the ears used up a tiny oddment of Jacob’s wool and I think the grey may be pure wool too. The cover itself was made by Mr Snail, using an unloved ball that made its way to the shop. The pattern is Rodney Rabbit from one of my favourite designers, Kelly of Little Green Bear – do check out her shop if you are looking for animals to make.


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, Edi, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jan (me), Moira, SandraChrisAlys, ClaireJeanJon, DawnJuleGwen, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue LVera, NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Carol, Preeti, DebbieroseNóilinViv, Lynn and Tierney

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.

Three Things Thursday: 31 August 2017

My weekly exercise in gratitude – three things that are making me smile – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog [or Twitter account or Facebook page or diary or life in general] with happiness.

Yesterday was Mr Snail’s birthday, so we had a day out, which included lots of things to make us smile:

First, brunch at Wright’s Food Emporium. We’ve wanted to visit this interesting little eatery ever since the folks at our local farm shop recommended it. The food is all freshly prepared and it is delicious. Mr Snail had bubble and squeak with a poached egg on the top and I had French toast with bacon and maple syrup. Both were delicious. We had thought that we might follow up with cake (they have lots), but we were both too full. Another visit specifically for cake is in order, I think.

Second, stitched fungi. We visited the National Botanic Garden of Wales and were really taken by these panels created by the Stitching Botanicals group.

Third, sinuous water. Not exactly The Serpentine, but this lovely water feature runs down the main drive at the botanic gardens, swirling into a fountain at the bottom. I really like the sinuous path that it follows, although it’s quite difficult to photograph effectively.

So, that’s what’s making me happy this week. How about you?


Emily of Nerd in the Brain originally created Three Things Thursday, but it’s now being hosted by Natalie of There She Goes.

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