So many celebrations, so little time. We’ve barely finished the revelry about Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves when the site re-design launched, and now we’re delighting in Stash Happy Patchwork: 25 Sewing Projects for Fabric Lovers. This week’s post is a segue between our two needlearts titles and features scarves and stash fabric and patchwork.
Here are three scarves from my collection, each of which could easily be made from scraps. The first two I made (that’s how I know how easy it is!), and the third is a treasured gift. Any of these designs would be a great template for a stash happy patchwork scarf.
Scarf #1 is made from organic cotton knit remnants I bought from Spiritex, a local company specializing in organic apparel and accessories. I screenprinted the designs at the grand opening of Jet Set Studios in West Asheville, home of textile artist Jen Swearington. (Read more about Jen and her work in this earlier post.) Then I used my serger to join the patchwork together, having a little fun with the colors of thread in the needles and the loopers.
Scarf #2 was a project for Pretty Little Patchwork and will also be featured in 100 Pretty Little Projects, the best-of mash-up of the Pretty Little series publishing in August. I gathered up silk remnants and did the initial stitching by machine, and then I used variegated rayon thread to stitch down the seam allowances in very random fashion. I’ve been in a deconstructed phase for some time now and this scarf is a prime example; I’m still rebelling against my ninth grade home ec course…
Scarf #3—the gift—is made from kimono remnants and velvet. You can see how simply it’s put together, with the kimono pieces patched together and the velvet used as the border.