A few years ago I acquired a piece of net. I thought it might make a hammock for a doll. It became just another bit of the clutter in the sewing room, but didn’t take up much space, so just got squeezed into a corner and stayed there well after I decided none of my dolls, or even the bears, needed a hammock.
Earlier this year we helped to cleaned out a friend’s house, and I claimed a rolling-pin. Mind you, I try to avoid cooking, and I already had a rolling-pin, so I claimed it purely because I was thinking I could use it without soiling it with food!
One day I took out the net, and hung one end on a hook, and pulled out the bottom, and it became a triangle … and pretty much any triangle looks like a Christmas tree to me … so … something to hold the bottom out a bit was required. The rolling-pin was waiting for me to work out how the attach some cookie cutters to it to hang in the kitchen … but then the two ideas meshed into one.
The border motifs from a panel (which had already become a swag) needed something to hold them up, and the net was available, along with that lovely old rolling-pin.
Now, I need another rolling-pin to hang the cookie cutters from though! Or inspiration for another way to use the cookie cutters … without soiling them with food!
18th, 19th January 2015
Recycling Christmas cards … turned them into wall hangings.
These are all vertical hangings.
This batch will go to a market later in the year.
This is an old book which was partly filled with designs started soon after I started quilting with the intention of making a Christmas Quilt. The quilt was made, the book was never filled or covered. It now holds a small part of the scraps saved from a pile of magazines.
An article about Christmas cards, with a few secrets hidden under the loose leaf on the right hand side.
These two designs were not used, and I am so glad I didn’t use that snowman! He would give me the creeps there as well as here! Note to self …… change the eyes before using this fellow in the future!
The pattern pages have been given a touch of colour with a few small pictures added.
I don’t know that these two are much better, but they were used. What was I thinking with the back view of the angel? (I was trying to avoid doing a face, as this was before I was designing my own dolls.)
Tone on tone, with three stars cut from scraps of fabric fused onto a seeded homespun cover. The book has been stiched with gold thread and a bell added to the top of the spine.
Everytime you turn the pages bells ring!
Inside are bits and pieces saved from more magazines from 1990 – 2005, and sometimes I slowed down gluing stuff onto the pages to do a sort of collage instead of fitting in as much as possible.
And sometimes I still crammed them in loosely but with an eye for colours which didn’t actually scream at each other.
This was a very cheap Santa sack I got in the after Christmas sales, when it was even cheaper, but it was an awful sack with a very sub standard back.
The back was used as the backing, but it really needed the wadding to add some body to the whole thing.
Purchased panel with fabric trims fused to felt and cut out to hang on the tree.
Lyn Fullgrabe’s fostered daughter in law does pottery,
including elves, pixies,
This one usually resides on my sewing room window sill,
but he found himself amongst the
Christmas decorations one day.
Printed the photo onto fabric, added a border,
with hand and machine quilting.
A Christmas present for his ‘mother’ in 2007