ScrapHappy December

Welcome once again to ScrapHappy Day!

It’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

This month, it’s something completely different. A while ago, I offered to test a tutorial written by the lovely Jill of Nice Piece of Work. She had created a really gorgeous necklace from fabric scraps and beads, and being the clever thing she is, realised it would be a popular, inexpensive and pretty easy thing for other people to make, hence the tutorial. Reader, I made it!

And it’s easy peasy and produces a really fab result which is going to be a Christmas present (you know who you are, you’ll just have to be patient!). I fiddled with things a bit: I made the necklace a bit longer. I made the beads a bit larger, and more of them. But it still worked just fine, because the idea is genius enough to permit that kind of tinkering and messing about. Also, every single piece of it is either a scrap or has been recycled from a previous item. Even the threads are leftovers. Just goes to show, scrappy can be not only fun and quirky but also lavishly gorgeous!

If you’re interested in making one yourself, head over to Jill’s Etsy shop where she is offering this tutorial as a pdf.

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of genuine scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful or useful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Either email me at the address on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. We welcome new members. You don’t have to worry about making a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance if you’re new and you’ll have something to show, so we can add your link. Regular contributors will receive an email reminder three days before the event.

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at). Please note that Esther has a large ongoing project at present and needs all her time for this, so she has withdrawn from ScrapHappy for the time being.

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean, Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera,
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Bear, Carol,
Preeti, Edith, Debbierose

See you next time for more scrappy loveliness.

42 thoughts on “ScrapHappy December

  1. Aw, aren’t you the kind one?! Your version is so stunning, I really hope your friend loves it. What appeals to me – and I’m not biased of course – is (a) that the possibilities are endless and (b) no scrap or leftover ever needs to go unused again!
    Thank you again, for being so helpful and so inventive. xx

  2. Those colours are so vibrant. I think I’d better pop over to etsy and support Jill’s business…

  3. tialys says:

    This looks lovely and so very ‘you’.

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    This is very glamourous, what a fabulous scrappy item. It’s even worthy of some of the Good stuff which one saves.

    • katechiconi says:

      You’re quite right, it’s a perfect way to hang onto and use those last small pieces of the Good Stuff. Like those bits of purple silk, which if truth be told, are very sun-faded on the inside of the fabric!

  5. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Nice one Kate !What you can do with a few pieces of fabric !! Chapeau !

  6. Debbierose says:

    Gorgeous necklace, lovely fabrics used

  7. claire93 says:

    these look lots of fun ^^

  8. Zing!!! I love it, and love the idea! How much scrappier could it get!?

  9. Bear says:

    Lovely. Reminds me of the ones my Granny used to make. She was allergic to metals, so made all her jewelry out of cloth, thread, yarn, etc. Her ‘beaded’ necklaces were always big hits. mine has long since worn out from use. I really should make a new one. So many ideas, so little time to do them all. LOL! 🙂 Merry Christmas! Bear

  10. […] December 15, or in Kate’s speak, time to gather lingering scraps and give them a new […]

  11. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I have been eyeing Jill’s posts and thinking about making some beads – yours are gorgeous so maybe over Christmas….

  12. wild and wonderful, perfect for the season. Lucky friend, a great use of small scraps.

    • katechiconi says:

      I like these big beads, but I want to try smaller ones as well – and I think some even larger ones to make a decorative garland. Hmmmm… worryingly addictive, then!

  13. brilliant. I’m so glad she created the tutorial.

  14. rutigt says:

    Love it!!!!! It´s a perfect way to use up scraps!

  15. Wow! You’ve created a lovely piece of jewelry, Kate, and how nice of you to test the tutorial. That is really something.

    • katechiconi says:

      I like the testing process, and her tutorial was very clearly and well written, so it was a pleasure to work from. In fact, I’m already planning a necklace to keep for myself instead of giving away, like that first one…

  16. Beautiful work in so many ways… supporting a fellow creative, wonderful craftsmanship and style using materials at hand… an impressive statement piece with nice detail… and a well-chosen recipient.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d originally intended it as a test piece, but it came out so well and so clearly evolved into Chippy colours as I went along that giving it away was a no-brainer! I have my own version planned, of course.

  17. magpiesue says:

    That looks like it would make for a fun holiday decoration to boot! A bauble garland if you will. 😁 (Has someone already said so? I haven’t read the other comments yet.)

    • katechiconi says:

      No one has suggested a garland (a great idea!), but I said I might make some for my Christmas tree hanging if I still need more decorations after I’ve hung my yoyos.

  18. mlmcspadden says:

    Love it! Great use of scraps

  19. cedar51 says:

    Kate, looks stunning
    (as you can see, behind again – but I have had a terrible month with finding out that 18 months ago another GP made a mistake which has only surfaced through have an understanding newer GP….on a tough road to more balance…)

    • katechiconi says:

      I have a great deal of sympathy with your situation, having had a false diagnosis 12 years ago that resulted in a lot of expense, discomfort and inconvenience for all those years. I hope things resolve soon.

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