Thursday, December 15, 2016

December Scraphappy

........kindly hosted each month, on the 15th, by Kate and Gun 

I haven't done very much sewing this month, being mainly pre-occupied with painting.....not the artistic kind, but walls and furniture.   To prove it, I have multi-coloured splotches on my feet, my hands and up my arms......pretty green from my sewing room walls, lovely turquoise from sprucing up an old armoire-type cupboard, also for the sewing room and dollops of navy from transforming a stained timber tv cabinet from the op-shop into an eye-catching piece for my lounge room.

I did manage some scrappy stitching though.  I wanted to make a gift to send to the US as part of a Christmas swap, so I played with various size patches in shades of blue, and laid them out 'boro-style' to make the background for some bunting.

A start 

I added some green, cream and some of my sun-prints for contrast and interest, and after cutting the triangles, and backing them, settled to the task of kantha stitching  the layers together.  I find this easy rhythm of the in and out of the needle calming and peaceful, almost a meditation.



  After binding and joining, I added buttons.


Then deciding it needed a bit of sparkle, I stitched a bead trail in a snaky pattern the length of each piece.


Yes. that's better 

And here it is, all finished. For the binding I used a scrap of green I had left over from cutting up an op-shop (thrift store) cotton shirt I'd used for something else.





My swap partner was delighted with her gift, and has it hanging on her apartment balcony. She said it reminds her of Van Gogh's painting 'Starry Night' as it sways in the breeze.

As always, you can visit Kate or Gun to see who has joined them this month in the battle of the scraps.  We even have a yarny scrap post this time, with The Snail of Happiness showing her stripy granny squares.

The day has cooled, there's a good breeze blowing in from the east, so it's time to let the hound loose.

.....until next time







13 comments:

  1. I really love that bunting! I think you should show us a photo of your multi-coloured feet, too – lovely paint colours :-)

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  2. Cheery bunting. Thanks. Maybe the painted feet will make an appearance when I post about the paint finishes.

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  3. Pretty happy bunting thanks for including the close up photos. Always nice to see your stitching.
    I too think a photo of sploched appendices is called for.

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    1. Thanks Terry. I'll work on a photo of those splotched feet.....not hard, since I'm a messy painter.

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  4. Just beautiful Nanette... just beautiful!

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    1. Thankyou for that lovely complement. How are you?

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  5. I simply love that bunting! And I bet in real life it looks even more amazing - add in the texture and you've created a wonderful wow factor! I shall look forward to seeing the painted marvels of your new home!

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    1. Thankyou Pauline. Felt good too when I rain my hands over it. Painted marvels are moving along slowly :)

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  6. Just fabulous and they do look reminiscent of Starry Night too!

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  7. Thanks Lyn. I had 'sunlight filtering through foliage and moved by gentle breezes' in my mind as I planned and stitched.

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  8. Loving the blues and beads.

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    1. Hi Deb, I made this as my gift for the DTE Forum Christmas Swap. Thanks for visiting.

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  9. what a fun idea and it turned out great. I need to remember this because I have a fireplace mantle in the place I rent and this would be cute hanging on it.

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