I can't stand to throw anything away! I also like to use cast-off scraps and trimmings in my work, too. I have been saving my selvages, which are those fabric ends with color dots and the designer and manufacturer's names. Here is an example of what selvages look like.
So what do you make with these? Here's a quilted chicken pincushion:
and a selvage basket:
and a selvage quilt- in progress (before my quilting):
Btw, there are others out there who also make things with selvage edges, including a quilting book by Karen Griska, in case you are intrigued by the idea of quilting with discarded fabric or Green Quilting. Carla
I decided I needed a decorative new small shoulder bag to hold my iphone, credit card, and ID. The embellishment is freeform beading, in case anyone is curious. I also quilted the batik fabric before cutting it up. Today, I am attaching the shoulder strap so I may wear it across my body.... Thanks for looking!
I made the freeform beaded piece to attach to my quilted iphone bag. I have way too many bracelets or cuffs, so I thought I would add it to the quilted piece instead. Functional and decorative! Here is a larger picture:
I finished the quilting on this one last weekend. It is for a local guild; they are giving it to their outgoing president. I gave it a traditional look to match the piecing and fabric:
and a closer look:
I love all quilts- art quilts, landscapes, traditional, wholecloths, and crazy quilt, too. I also like to make quilted purses and make things using the selvage edges with the colored dots and manufacturer info. I also teach classes at my local quilt store covering a wide variety of topics, this Saturday I'll be teaching this easy slash quilt:
Hello, I found a decorative pair of silver ice tongs at my local thrift store. I cut it apart using a jewelry saw, then sanded it smooth. A hole was drilled to hang a butterfly charm, but any decorative element could be used in place of the butterfly. Here is the finished project:
Hello, I'm a longtime lurker, so I decided to de-lurk and post some jewelry projects. This first one started life as a copper sheet:
I formed it using a hydraulic press after texturing the metal, filed and sanded the edges, then patina-ed the metal using white oak sawdust and some household chemicals. Here are 2 more, a brass and a copper bracelet after the patination process: