Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Sort of Marriage - Quilting and Weaving

It is interesting and fun to find ways to combine two of things that you are passionate about. I have managed to marry my quilting to my weaving in a small way.
You may remember this picture of the fabric I wove to make a vest.  There are bits of quilting fabric making some of the colored lines in the fabric.  It is added while weaving as an "inclusion."  When I did this I just used what was in my threadcatcher - which normally gets dumped into the trash.
As I was trimming some hand dyed fabrics the lightbulb went on.  "I can save these trimmings for use as inclusions." So I started saving them.


I now have a plasticware container full of lovely bits to add in when weaving.  You will notice some yarn bits in there also.  When I trim the fringe or have a small piece left when the shuttle runs out while weaving, I save those bits too.   These all go into other weavings and just add to the beauty -and not the landfill.  It makes me happy.



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11 comments:

kathyinozarks said...

excellent idea Gene, why didn't I think of that too-lol and sari fabric is popular right now too in weavings-so this is just a perfect way to use up cloth scraps-love it

Beth said...

What a cool way to use up those bits of fabric and yarn. And it all adds to to the beauty of your weaving.

Micki Butler said...

Love it!

Micki Butler said...

Love it!

Jeanna said...

Very clever. These bits will add interest to future projects and nothing goes to waste!

suemac said...

You are such a saver. Good for the environment.

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

While learning to weave on a loom like yours last year I incorporated fabric strips an inch and a half wide, cuz that's what I had on hand, and cut them a bit over-wide so they hung out the sides a bit. I used them in several areas on the seven foot long piece.

You're doing great work, I love it; thanks for sharing.

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Here's a link to the post with a picture of the largest of the sections mentioned in my comment above.

http://lyndaland.blogspot.com/2013/08/off-loom.html

The strips lend an interesting element to any piece; it helped relieve what i thought was becoming a boring piece !~!

Jacque said...

Wow! That is an incredible way to use even the tiniest bits of stuff! Makes the woven piece really interesting, too!

Barb said...

One more thing to collect....but sometimes we just need them...great use of scraps

Kathy said...

You know, ever since you started weaving fabric into your pieces I've been thinking of saving some of my favorite scraps for the some-day-whenever that I want you to make me a scarf :)