Calling all my fibre friends!

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I am getting ready to start working seriously on my studio and on the first few pieces I will work on IN the new studio. So I was wondering, if there is interest in a community art piece?

What I was looking for:
The pieces should not be bigger than a credit card (3 inches by 5 inches. They can be smaller, but no bigger!), they have to be backed with lining. Any kind of thin lining (see mine in the picture), and can be whatever strikes you fancy and whatever technique you prefer. Knit, crochet, weave, felt, needle lace.. Anything. The pieces will have to have a blanket stitch around the edge, as you see in the picture, that way I can attach them to each other. You can make one, or eight. It all depends on how you feel and how inspired you are. Also: Please do attach a little tag to your piece with your name on it (and maybe an online  link, if you like and have one).
As to the materials used: I would like to keep them natural materials and recycled, if possible (cotton, linen, wool, blends, silk, etc). My little square there, used to be the pocket in wool pants, for example and the embroidery was made with a tiny leftover bit of sock yarn. You don’t have to make the whole thing out of recycled material, if you have a leftover scrap of fabric from a previous project, feel free to use it. I just wanted to see how creative we can get without spending a ton while keeping things out of our landfills. Make art, not trash! ;)


I would like this very first studio piece to be a community piece, because this is what my studio is all about. Growing community, working together on preserving the wonderful fibre arts, passing along what we know, celebrating each others talents and inspiring each other.

What will happen to the piece, once it is done:
Once the piece is done, it will be displayed in my studio for a while. For everybody to see it and marvel at our fibre community’s diversity and be inspired. After that, I was thinking of auctioning it off. I would like the proceeds to go to a charity. (I was thinking of picking three, or so and then hosting a vote on my blog, or on FB as to which one we give the money to.)

That reminds me: Our new FB page is up! If you feel like it, go clicklike! :)

How much time will you have to complete a little patch?

Really as long as you need. This will be a long term project. If you could get your patch done this year (2015) that would be awesome, but if you need a little longer, that’s probably fine too. I have no end date set for this, and I have no specific size I want it to be. So what ever comes in whenever that is, it will be fine. I think I will set a soft deadline for this at mid next year (I think a year and a half for a credit card sized swatch is enough time), but will re-evaluate the time frame when I see how big it is by then. :)

The pieces would have to be sent to me, if you are interested, please comment here and then email me.

Thanks for considering to participate! <3

If you are interested in participating, please email to catscradlenw (at) gmail (dot) com

Gifts

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We made coffee cup cozies as presents for fellow volunteers! A few more adjustments and the elastic button loops and they are done to be given out! :)

Sewing with my daughter.

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The bag: Re-used coffee sack (from our friend, who owns a coffee roasting business), odds and ends of fabric and lace, an old belt, that fitted no one in the family anymore and buttons and bows lol. (the small button on the front pocket and holding the belt in place in the back were handmade by my husband from antler, we got from another friend of ours.)

Salvaged

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I am not sure if you know. I certainly haven’t really made it a secret… I am on a budget. A  TIGHT budget. So my clothes usually come from the thrift shop, yard sales, or free piles (which are plenty around our city).

I am not ashamed of it, if I can use something and keep it out of the landfill, I think I have done my job. I firmly believe we do not own the land, but are mere caretakers and as such should do what ever we can, when ever we can, no matter how small we think the gesture is.

My husband found the LL Bean, 100% Merino pullover in a free pile the other day. He brought it home, we washed it and then I noticed a little tear in the right sleeve cuff. No doubt, this was the reason it got tossed out in the first place.

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Well. It’s 100% Merino and the colour is amazing, so a little tear is not going to keep me from using it. I was thinking about how to fix it. Maybe a pretty ribbon? I don’t have any handy. OH!!!! YES! Some handmade lace! Why not? I have amazing gray coloured yarn that would look great with it.

A few blanket-stitches, so I have something to anchor the lace to and it also hold the cuff turned under, so the tear is not going to be seen. Then the fun part: deciding what lace to use.

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I opted for crochet this time around. There are so many beautiful edgings out there. Just do a search on pintrest and you will be busy for hours.

I finally narrowed it down and went for it. 20 minutes after making up my mind, I had a brand new sweater. One of a kind now, that I personalized it.

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:) I am happy about my new sweater and that one more piece is staying out of landfills for a little while longer. (don’t worry, when it gets to a point where one can’t fix it any more, I use it as a cleaning rag until there is literally nothing left lol)

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Re-purpouse, re-cycle, RE-USE!

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DSC00163So I am a big foan of re-using and re-purpousing things! Making it look all new and shiny for not much money and getting a few more years of use out of things we paid good, hard cash for.

I also live in a city, that takes it’s Craig’s List darn serious. LOTS of free piles and stuff on the side of the road for someone to find treasures, if they wanted to.

A few months ago, my son went to play with his friends and on the way home, he found these chairs in a free pile (there were two of them) and he brought them home, as he liked the way they looked.

Well, as you can see, they are far from perfect, or even cute looking at the moment. The frames were top notch, though and still too good to give up! So we kept them around for a while.

Today was the day!

I found really nice outdoor fabric for cheap (also a while ago) and finally had time to actually put the two together. (for one of the chairs so far) I have about a quarter of a yard of this outdoor material. One is more blues and the other one is more reds and oranges. Both are super happy and fun and just enough fabric to cover what is needed to the chairs.

My daughter and I set out by removing the old fabric and cleaning the frame of the chair. Then we deconstructed the old covers and used them as templates for the new ones.

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Not an hour later, we had a brand new chair for our front porch! YAYYY! Next weekend the second one will get done and for a few pennies I got two almost brand new chairs from Pier one (as we found a tag on the covers that proclaimed it was so!)

Sadly it is raining today, so no sunny pictures, but you see what it looks like and can imagine me sitting on it the next sunny day and knitting away!

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