Sunday, June 23, 2013

Upcycling Fabric Scraps

Machine and Hand Stitching, June 2013

Lately I've been doing lots of machine and hand stitching, using scraps of fabric, old clothes, odds and ends of drawing paper ...

Machine and Hand Stitching, June 2013

Machine and Hand Stitching, June 2013

Machine and Hand Stitching, June 2013

Machine and Hand Stitching, June 2013

All this is in preparation for Art Behind the Barn at the Brookfield Farm in South Amherst on July 20 and also for the store at Knack: The Art of Clever Reuse. I'll be selling items at both.

Knack will be opening July 1, with a grand opening Saturday, July 13 during the monthly Easthampton Art Walk. I got a peek behind the doors at Knack the other day and was absolutely delighted: what an amazing treasure trove of art and crafting supplies that people were just going to throw out—fabrics, buttons, papers, vintage books, poker chips, Scrabble tiles, all kinds of threads and yarns. It is easy to lose track of time in there and probably impossible, if you're an artist or crafter, to walk out with your hands empty.

More about Knack and Art Behind the Barn soon. Today I'm focusing on putting finishing touches on a new lace shawl pattern, sending it to the tech editor, and taking photos. Here's a shot of it blocking:

Lace Blocking

And work on my current daily embroidery piece continues, one circle a day; today's color is dark lavender.

Daily Embroidery, Summer Solstice

It's a beautiful Sunday here in Amherst. Hope it is where you are, too!

3 comments:

Virginia Sattler-Reimer said...

Hi Bonnie,
I keep thinking about your compelling embroidery and as a beginner am wondering if you trace circles first, or stitch around a paper circle, how do you make them so perfect?

Bonnie said...

Hi Virginia. Thank you for your comment! First of all--they are not perfect! Each one is a little wonky, which to me is part of the joy of this project. I am a rather clumsy embroiderer and try to make that a strength in my work rather than a weakness.

I trace the circle with a disappearing ink pen (you can get them at Jo-Ann's), using a circle template (which you can get at Jo-Ann's, Michael's, art supply stores, or stationery stores). Or use any circular items in your home--jar lids, etc.

Virginia Sattler-Reimer said...

Ah, lovely! Thank you!