Wednesday Womblings: Trash to treasure

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Friend!
Hello friend!

Well hello there! I have been away from my fabrics for a few Wednesdays, volunteering at a livery stables in Valencia (because why the hell not?), but here I am, returned all safe and sound to the land of rain, greenery, and more rain. Love it 🙂

This week I thought I’d show you how I use up the majority of my scrap fabrics: banners. Bits of clothing, old scarves, lace and trims from either clothing or other people’s fabric stashes (I find that when clearing out craft clutter, it’s often the scrappy ribbons and edgings that are the first to hit the “Leave” pile).  The banner below uses an old, mothy woollen blanket as a base fabric; snatched (well, almost) from the hands of two charity shop workers as they went to throw it in the bin (‘Who gave us these? I wouldn’t give these to a dog to sleep on’), washed, darned, and cut in quarters, I have made four large banners from this blanket.  It’s a nice heavy fabric, if slightly stretchy, so hangs well once edged/topped with a sturdier fabric.

Moonlit tree

The tree is an old scarf, discarded for having a few pulled threads, and the ground is, for the most part, an embroidered blouse which had got just a bit too torn to wear any more. Not my blouse, but I guess people know I’m a sucker for taking their unwanted fabrics now 😉 A bit like rescue animals, but cheaper and less trouble.

West African Black Rhino - created for a remembrance event for lost species
West African Black Rhino – created for a remembrance event for lost species

Some banners I make to commission, some just for the fun of it. Both commissions and existing banners can be purchased through my Etsy shop, or just message me through this site.

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gannet

This banner I made while exploring creatures which live across worlds. The beautiful gannet is equally graceful in the air or the water, and I once spent many happy hours just watching a huge flock of them them dive off the coast of Arran.  This gannet is made from tablecloth fabric, and woollen scarf tassels, among other bits.

Generally I work by choosing a base fabric, drawing a rough picture in chalk, and just filling it in with the scraps I have to hand (far too many, since you ask).  You should try it, it’s dead easy, and very satisfying! Pin your scraps down, stitch to get a neater outline, and then trim away the excess. Like colouring in, but with fabric 🙂  What do you make with your fabric scraps? Come on, I know you have some…

Created by children as part of Festival at the Edge, for an elephant-themed parade!
Created by children as part of Festival at the Edge, for an elephant-themed parade!

 

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