Saturday, June 10, 2017

Trash to Treasure

Hi folks, sorry for the absence but that is life.  Or at least, my life has moments, days, stretches of time that are like that.

I had been away from my loom for a bit so I sat down to play.  There were several bobbins that had been wound for the demo back in April.  I was trying to use them up.
Here is some of the cloth on the loom.
There are several layers wrapped around the cloth beam.  There is more than it appears in this photo.
Then I got to a bobbin that just looked too "precious" to me.   I decided to see what I could add in as I was weaving to make it more interesting.  I grabbed the trash bin from my sewing area - because it was in arm's reach.  You may remember that I have been working on some class samples like this one:
There is handwoven fabric sewn in with the quilting fabrics.  In the process bits were trimmed off and tossed in the bin.
There I found treasures to add into the weaving.
You may not be able to recognize them there, but the trimmings from my handwoven fabric were woven right back in.  I have marked them in the next photo.
There are also some thin strips of solid color and hand dyed fabrics added - but I save them automatically so they were not in the bin.

It is no wonder that I have so many craft supplies in my house.  It is difficult to toss out those bits that will be useful a day, a week, or a month down the road.

(please do not send me your trash - I have enough. Thanks!)

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A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Haha - I have a bin of "bits and pieces" that I was thinking of sending you - until I read your last line - LOL - ;))

Barbara said...

Very nice! Love how you use everything.

Debbie said...

What a few snips of treasures can do to make a new project fabulous!!! Each piece is like a hidden treasure chest :)

Marlene said...

I add little bits of this and that to my weavings too, but hadn't thought to weave in the small bits cut away when sewing handwoven garments. I'll probably do that in the future. Thanks for the inspiration!

Vicki W said...

That's brilliant!

Kathleen said...

I really like the top portion of the fabric on the loom. It makes me think of the beach.
I had another thought for you on adding bits and pieces. You might someday make memory wall hangings. You know how some people make memory quilts with large pieces of fabric from clothing. You could work in small bits of some treasured piece of clothing into your weaving.

Royce said...

That is a wonderful weaving. It makes me miss my loom. It is fun to add "stuff" into your weaving. I used pine needles once and they looked real good. Such fun.