Scrap Happy!

Posted on January 29, 2014

It's hard to throw away fabric. Consider the process of cotton growing in a field, being picked and cleaned, spun into fibers, woven and finished, then carefully printed with a unique design some amazingly talented individual artist created sitting in a studio somewhere. Executed by a production team of detail-oriented textile professionals working at a company that has the ways and means to look at strike-offs (printed samples), adjust color, hand, and finish as it begins to take on a life of it's own within a collection in the hands of the sales and marketing team who will introduce it to the crafting public.

The process continues when an individual makes a commitment to purchase it and the sometimes long journey, as is the case of most of the fabric I sell, begins in a Priority Mail flat rate envelope, passes through the sort facility, into the air, over the ocean, through the Custom's clearance process, and is ultimately placed in the hands of the "end user", a designer, seamstress, quilter, or artist, who is actually not the 'end user', but rather the "beginning user", as each individual piece makes it's debut into the world to become an article of beauty and industry, or 'saved' in an ever expanding stash in order to savor it for a future project. This is why it is hard to part with fabric, even tiny bits and scraps. Because they have potential.

Today I would like to offer you some ideas, over 500 actually, for what to do with your fabric scraps, by way of this Pinterest board that I was inspired to pull together is titled "Fabric Scraps ~ What to do with them."  In reviewing the collection I have finally selected what I want to work on. I thought I might select something simple and restful after the busy holiday season, something pretty with a nod toward Spring, soothing, or useful in an organizing sense. But that was not the case. I choose Happy Scrappy Scarves, a holiday project created by ceramic artist and textile designer Jennifer Heymen, "Maker of Happy Things".

Jennifer's scarves are truly happy and they look like they would be just so much fun to design and sew. She graciously offers the tutorial on her blog. She does offer kits in her Etsy store and although she is sold out at the moment, you can sign up to be notified when she has more available. Unfortunately, I can't offer you anything except inspiration because I don't sell knits, and you will have to use your own scraps. You just might be motivated to start pawing through your stash and designing your own scarf pronto. A word of advice: make sure you know what you're serving for dinner, because while scraps are delicious, you can't eat them, and eventually someone is going to be looking for something real to eat, perhaps also made by you.



P.S. Special thanks go out to who made this superbly simple scrap ribbon and allowed us to use her image, above.

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Posted by Sophie Standing on February 09, 2014

Some lovely ideas Kerry. Everyone always has lots of scraps around their studios or at the bottom of craft bags. Very happy for people to look at my website or Facebook page to see my scarp fabric textile art. FB Sophie Standing’s Textile art.
Love your blog Kerry!

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