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.
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