Wool, Wiltshire and All Manner of Wonderful Things!

Scrap Happy September- 2019

Back in the Spring I happened upon a new stitching project run by Helen Birmigham of Untangled Threads. I joined the Stitchbook Collective and started work on the starter pack. My first love is embroidery, but it has taken a back seat for the last twelve years as grandchildren arrived and I started knitting, crochet and sewing for them. This blog moslty covers the things I make for them.

A few years ago I started a new blog for embroidery but it too went on the back burner. I have deleted all ( half dozen) posts and started it all over so I can write about my current embroidery journey.

I worked on the Untangled Threads starter pack, and if by any chance you are interested here is the link to my blog A voice through stitch ,  where you can see what I did!

The pack had lots of materials and there fabric scraps left over, so I made myself a little needle book.

Front cover,

Back cover

And the inside. The inside is wadding from my quilt, and the centre is stitched down and then I couched a random piece of wool left over I think from Monkey’s face that was just sat on my table.

I have since started on the Texture pack for the stitchbook collective, and I am loving every stitch and every minutes I spend on it. There may well be scraps leftover but we have already been told to hang onto them for future projects, not to fret though as I have lots of other scraps for future Scrap Happy Projects. Please do pop over to Kate’s for more ScrapHappy posts here



Comments on: "Scrap Happy September- 2019" (35)

  1. You are so correct: Scraps give us permission to experiment. We learn through our experiments and fails. The greens, blue and gray go well on the white background. Nice project!

  2. Your love of embroidery is so evident–I’m really glad you’ve gotten back to it! And a needle case is a perfect way to use small scraps–you have me thinking in that direction now . . . .

    • I really do love embroidery. I love knitting, crochet and sewing too but it is only in embroidery that I can find a way to express things. It’s nice having a special needlecase for my stitching.

  3. I love what you did with your other blog. I too love embroidery and have been working on something very slowly when time permits. Now that fall is here, I hope for more time to complete things but you have taken it to a whole new level! The collage’ is so exciting. I’m going to have to keep track of this new/old blog. 😉

    • Thank you so much. I can’t draw or paint . Stitching is the way I can express my feelings about the things that inspire me. I really hope to get better at this and to develop my skills. Thank you so much for the encouraging you comments. I would love to see your embroidery.

  4. I love all the textures you’ve used as well as your use of blues and greens in the first one. These packs sure look like fun! Textures are always fun, aren’t they? Speaking of which, I’m desperately hoping that our friend Wild Daffodil, if she’s planning on hosting another monthly photo challenge next year, will set the year-long theme as “Texture”. (I have SO many, hint, hint… 🙂 )

    • Texture would be a good one for a photo shoot. Why not ask her? e’ve been stitching texture all this month and it has been simply marvellous.

  5. Scraps give us a great excuse to just play or experiment, don’t they? 🙂 Great little needle case.

  6. A lovely way to use up scraps. I love those little running stitches.

  7. Great use of scraps. You have a second blog – get you! Can you add a follow button for wordpress reader so I can get you coming up there please?

  8. I love to stitch so was delighted to find “A voice through Stitch” and Untangled Threads looks very interesting.

  9. Hi Cathy! This little needle case is the perfect use of your scraps. I am sure it is going to be well used!:)❤️❤️

  10. Love your attitude about scraps, and how did I never know you had another blog???!!!

  11. You’re so right: scraps give you permission to start something, and forgiveness if you muck it up! This little needle book is a cracker, and you’re off and running with the sewing scrappiness!

    • I am sure my terror of big pieces of fabric began at school. knowing how much money had been aid for fabric and I was going to cut into it. But the little left over bit, fills me with joy and glee. And I do have a very big box of scraps.

  12. I’ve never got the hang of embroidery and I know it’s never too late but I feel yet more projects might be a step too far.
    It sounds like you’re really enjoying re-discovering the skill.

    • I was lucky my best friend ‘s grand mother taught us both when we were about 10. Mrs Hugill was lovely, the kind of grandma in books, all warm and cuddly. So when I got to school and proved hopeless at dress making my teacher couldn’t believe the transformation in me when we did embroidery.
      I dabbled in it for years. The first thing I made Mr E was a cushion, navy blue with embroidered orange flowers.
      Fast forward 20 plus years and I did a City and guilds creative embroidery course, but never took it further because I was working fulltime, three sons, a dog, a cat and 2 guinea pigs, not forgetting Mr E!
      !7 years ago we moved here, I did some more embroidery, but then was back in full time work, one teenage son, a dog, a cat and Mr E.
      A couple of years ago I did some more, but parents, illnesses in the family and Mr E.
      But now feels like the right time , indeed maybe the last time for me to push myself just a bit more.

  13. I love to see that there is always something that can be done with scraps that would otherwise be tossed into the bin – this is a great example! Double love that it is also useful ❤

  14. Brilliant use of the happy scraps. I am so happy to be on this Stitchbook journey with you Cathy. Thank you so much for introducing me to Helen Birmingham and her projects, she is such a good online teacher.

    • Helen is great. her explanation of what to do with the dissolving fabric was so good. It just worked when I tried it. My white piece is on an upstairs window drying out. I do think you need to feature the felt ball on the blog!

  15. a great use of tiny scraps ^^ I’m going to be nosey and hop over to your other blog.

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