ScrapHappy November

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.

After literally 7 YEARS of scrappy virtue, I’m bending my own rules. Just a little bit. It’s always been ‘no new materials’ except when you needed something to actually finish a scrappy thing off. This time, I’m allowing myself some latitude…

Remember the Floribunda quilt? All those pointy blocks generated a load of scrappy triangles about 3 inches wide by 1½ inches tall. They were so pretty I couldn’t throw them away. I’ve been looking and looking at them, sitting in their antique Chinese papier mâché bowl on my work table. And then the other day, a lightbulb went on. These days, I have to pay attention when that happens, because it’s getting less frequent!

I have lots of bits and pieces left over from past beading/jewellery projects, including some rather nice cone-shaped end-thingies. You’re supposed to feed multiple strands into them, terminating in a single ring to join onto a clasp. But to me, they work perfectly for fabric! I’ll be sticking head pins through the fabric and twisting the straight end into a loop to string onto a wire necklace. At least, that’s the current plan.

Look how pretty!  Batik is ideally suited for this, since it’s tightly woven and doesn’t fray much. I’m getting really interested in this idea of fabric jewellery:  beads, decorations, tassels or whatever. Scraps do seem to lend themselves to this sort of thing. I might investigate using the rest of these pretty triangles in some other form. Watch this space!

I know, I know. Yet another distraction/fascination/obsession is born….

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). The list below is the most current one I have, so if you’d like me to update something, let me know in the Coments.

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


40 thoughts on “ScrapHappy November

  1. Caroline says:

    They’d make a wonderful Christmas garland

    • katechiconi says:

      It would be gorgeous, but I’d need SO many! Even for a necklace it’s going to be a lot of work. I’ll see how many I can assemble with what I have and before I lose the will to live 😂

  2. love you’re cone thingies, and yes, the scraps are too pretty to throw away. You have to break the rules every once in awhile. I know what you mean about those light bulb moments becoming elusive.

    • katechiconi says:

      The cone things were begging for something, really. How could I resist? And I could never throw away such pretty snippets. It’s not that I lack inspiration, it’s that I seem to lack the spontaneous ‘bolt of lightning’ ideas these days… I must get better at writing things down instead of trying to remember the ideas!

  3. Excellent light bulb moment… it’s such a great feeling when a purpose suddenly becomes apparent for that thing we’ve been hanging on to waiting for that exact enlightenment.

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    Oh my goodness, so pretty.

  5. If you already had the cone thingies and the scraps, it’s a scrap project all the way around. Finding a new use for anything is a huge win. They are very pretty in that form.

  6. Well that’s interesting! I saw thimbles when I looked at your pictures – it took me a while to decode them into the “cone things”…must be too early in the morning. I’d better go have a cup of tea. I do love that bright fabric, and your ingenious use of them! Hooray for scraps, and for co-hosting scraphappy!

  7. Those are sew cool 🙂

  8. magpiesue says:

    Oh, that’s going to be a fun necklace! Do it, do it!

  9. rutigt says:

    Love the colors and the idea!

  10. claire93 says:

    looks very colourful and intriguing!

  11. Going Batty in Wales says:

    What a brilliant idea!

  12. Debbierose says:

    Perfect use for batik leftovers, looking forward to seeing this project finish

  13. craftycreeky says:

    Love this idea, I’ll have to keepmy eye open for the cone things

    • katechiconi says:

      You can get them just with the ordinary jewellery supplies like clasps and jump rings and spacers. Maybe not all of them will be so decorative, but they’re fairly commonplace.

  14. mlmcspadden says:

    They look great!

  15. cedar51 says:

    I can’t quite work out big they are – I know you said the metal bits are from beading but they still look large but maybe that’s the way of the photograph

    I would be making them sit in jam jars or similar lined up on a shelf or similar …. fabrics organised to a seasonal theme or similar

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