ScrapHappy July 2021

I realised I needed to get out of the house this morning after I’d managed to do my head in with distress, so picked up a large take-away cappuccino from Jack’s round the corner and headed to Arderne Gardens. It’s ridiculous that it’s a mere five minutes from where I live and yet the last time I went there was over three years ago. Today Cape Town enjoyed a break from the winter rains and the sun even came out a little.

Established in 1845, and filled with a wonderful mix of indigenous plants and some beauties from other countries, I used to take Alex there often when she was little. We’d look for fairies in the huge Morton Bay fig trees and feed the ducks and koi.

But this is ScrapHappy so let me move on. I’ve been making necklaces with little stuffed balls of fabric and having a lot of fun. There’s a lot of inspiration on instagram and pinterest, but I decided not to look at too many images and just made it up as I went along. My circles of fabric are 6.5cm in diameter and they are stuffed with remnants of tapestry wools, other fabric scraps, and even some bits of the compressed cotton that originally formed part of the cast on my left hand and wrist.

Mixing in some beads and buttons and ribbon and thread were part of the experiment. It’s a great way to use up small leftovers of fabric, and heaven knows I have a lot of those.

ScrapHappy is hosted by Kate in Australia and Gun in Sweden. Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time: KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn,  Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean, Jon
and Hayley

23 thoughts on “ScrapHappy July 2021

  1. katechiconi

    Lovely! You know how much I admire these. I was just thinking “I wonder if she’d like some of my kimono silk scraps for her beads?” and then I stopped myself. You have enough scraps, I have enough scraps, we ALL have enough scraps. I won’t inflict any more on you!

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      The half of me that needs to tidy the garage thanks you, but the half of me that loves fabric is saying, Damn, if only Kate lived down the road, I’d be there like a shot.

  2. cedar51

    Love your scrap using and the results are interesting as well…I too have too many scraps – this week I’ve been looking at “paper scraps” I think I glued some down on some large card that I had already started on. But still taking an art break, as I still can’t make up my mind on “future art”

  3. Gail

    Wonderful fairy tree, I could spend hours under it. Your scrappy beads are just so beautiful. I give my fabric scraps to my 4 year old great-niece who uses them as clothes for her Barbie dolls – wraps bits of fabric round the dolls and ties them with elastic hair bands.

  4. Going Batty in Wales

    I’m sorry you got yourself in such a state. I hope the garden helped and big hugs from me in the hope they help too. I love your necklaces – you could be starting a trend here girl!

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Thanks! But please don’t blame me if you lose 3 hours of your day to pinterest and instagram, some people out there are doing really clever things with fabric jewellery. I’m just playing around and making it up as I go along *laughs*, and of course any excuse to sit on my backside and not even have to use the sewing machine has great appeal for me!

  5. DawnGillDesigns

    fun, cheerful and lightweight – a perfect necklace! I know exactly what you mean about the photos, it’s always a low grade concern for me that other people’s heard work and inspiration might osmosis itself into my brain and then appear later as a direct copy.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Well, with handmade items, one always gets to put one’s own stamp on a concept. I’ve seen plenty of other handmade fabric necklaces but so far all are slightly different. Some are inspiring, others less so. Sometimes it’s good to look at what’s out there to help figure out the look that you DON’T want to achieve.


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