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Stash or Trash?

Have you ever looked through your stash and wondered  ‘Why did I buy this?’

I have been trying to incorporate bits and pieces into my work as you can see in my Bits and Bobs posts.  So last week whilst visiting my Mam she decided to have a look through her stash and produced a bag of felted blanket pieces, well when I say pieces I really mean a bag of tiny scraps that resembled floor sweepings:

 

Tiny scraps of felted wool blanket and tweed

 

The question was asked – ‘why did you buy that?’  Truthfully my mother did not have a clue.

We are frequently drawn towards fabrics through their colours and textures and this little bag of scraps obviously appealed so much to my mother that she was compelled to make a purchase. They have been in her stash cupboard for a few years.  We emptied the content of the bag and I laughed at the tiny pieces of scrap fabric that had tempted her to hand over her cash.  At this point she challenged me to take them away and do something with them.

Challenge accepted.

Within my current workI have been using small pieces of neutral fabric to produce background fabrics for my embroideries therefore I decided to try to use these in a similar way.  The fabrics were varying thicknesses but most were dense as some had been felted.  The fabric pieces were closely placed together on a backing fabric, I used free machine embroidery to secure these in place.

Creating a background by piecing together fabric scraps.

I was pleasantly surprised with the end result and I now had a textured and rugged surface to work on.

This background screamed out for a  sumptuous addition, amongst my stash I found a piece of my hand dyed silk velvet – perfect

Kates Kloths Hand Dyed Silk Velvet

I applied silk velvet flowers onto the rugged background with free machine embroidery and these are completed using hand embroidered french knots. Foliage is added with silk fabric, heavy hand dyed yarn and hand painted silks that are machine  embroidered in place.

 

Close up detail of french knots and silk velvet flower.

Completed textile piece is presented on a piece of natural coloured heavy woven wool fabric.

Completed work presented in a box frame.

Stash or Trash Trio

 

 

I was so pleased with he end result I have created another two to make a trio statement.

So we ash the question again Stash or Trash? You decide.

I am off to see what other treasures I can find lurking in the corners of cupboards and drawers……..

 

 

 

Here are a few close up photographs – I hope you enjoy them 🙂 

 

 

 

Miniature Flower Bunting

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The other day I found this tiny fabric bunting kit that was so adorable I could not resist.

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www.kateskloths.co.uk

The jute bunting triangles  are only 2 x 1½ inches with tiny eyelets in the corners.

I love wild flowers, they are the inspiration for most of my textile work and therefore when my mam found these tiny flower buttons in a small needlework shop  I immediately knew that they would be perfect for my miniature bunting project.  I do most of my textile work in the conservatory and there is a small window from my sewing table into my kitchen – this bunting is to go across this window and therefore must be pretty from both sides as I will be able to see it from my sewing table and when I am making coffee in the kitchen.

In my pack there were 11 bunting triangles.  I began this project using 6 triangles, I  firstly sewed on the small flower buttons and then added green foliage using a fine cotton thread.

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www.kateskloths.co.uk

Once these were completed I decorated the other 5 triangles with pink ric rac and more buttons

As I needed these to be pretty on the back I found a piece of hand dyed silk dupion which was a perfect blend of pinks.  I attached some bondaweb onto the back of this silk, I peeled back the backing paper and then carefully arranged the decorated triangles onto the exposed bondaweb.  I then covered this with baking paper and pressed with a hot iron.  The baking paper is essential to prevent the exposed bondaweb from sticking to your iron. Bondaweb caked onto the bottom of your iron may cause you several problems including the inability to press mens shirts and therefore I do recommend a slight mishap to prevent you from having to do such menial tasks.

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www.kateskloths.co.uk

www.kateskloths.co.uk

www.kateskloths.co.uk

www.kateskloths.co.uk

www.kateskloths.co.uk

Once the triangles were attached onto the silk they were finished with a small running stitch around the edges before cutting out and leaving a small pink border of fabric.  The bunting was strung together with a length of hand dyed viscose ribbon.

 

 

 

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www.kateskloths.co.uk

I finished this bunting this morning and this afternoon I went for a walk to my favourite secret place.  This is a wood that is filled with wild flowers that I love to photograph, these photographs are often the inspiration for my textile work and therefore this afternoon Mini and I thought we would introduce you to our special walk by taking the bunting along to photograph with some flowers.

Mini

Mini

 

 

 

 

Bunting on the wall www.kateskloths.co.uk

Bunting on the wall
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Bunting in the forget-me-nots  www.kateskloths.co.uk

Bunting in the forget-me-nots
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Close up of bunting by the river. www.kateskloths.co.uk

Close up of bunting by the river.
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Bunting in clover www.kateskloths.co.uk

Bunting in clover www.kateskloths.co.uk