Wild Twinches are ScrapHappy

One of the blogs I follow as a direct result of my occasional #ScrapHappy , is Wild Daffodil.

She’s running a new project, called Wild Twinches and in August I received my little scraps and had a go.

I love embroidery, but I don’t have the artistic flair or patience to do any myself, however back in my teens I bought a book (see below), which is a fabulous compendium of instructions and photos of different techniques and stitches. I often looked through it for ideas, and it’s never lived in a box (unlike some of my other manuals!)

I’m going to double this post as September’s #ScrapHappy because I’m using vintage threads I inherited from my Nan, and beads left over from other projects, mostly again from my teens.

There’s no jewellery element to this at all, which feels extremely weird!

Anyway. I received two layered squares of vintage fabric, and looked through my embroidery book to select stitched. After attempting to use contrasting threads, I ripped out the result, stopped trying to be clever, and ran with what felt right!

It’s nothing exciting, but here’s what I achieved.

(pre embellishment on the blue background, post on the wood)

ScrapHappy is  organised by Kate and Gun (see below) and is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of genuine scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful or useful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month?  Contact Kate , or Gun via her blog to join. We welcome new members. You don’t have to worry about making a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of them know a day or so in advance if you’re new and you have something to show, so they can include your link.

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy – some every month, some less often

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn (well you are here already!)Gwen, Connie, Bekki,
Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera, Del and Nanette

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17 Responses to Wild Twinches are ScrapHappy

  1. katechiconi says:

    These are lovely! You know, if they were even smaller and maybe a tiny bit more densely decorated, you could turn them into framed pendants. I think they’d be snapped up…. Either way, gorgeously scrappy and beautiful.

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  2. I love your pieces and especially now that I know that there are vintage threads from your Nan incorporated in them. ❤

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  3. Wow! A real step out of your comfort zone and a brilliant combination of Wild Daffodil’s scraps and your own things with memories included! I love those old ‘how to’ books which were often very straightforward and useful rather than trying too hard to be clever and arty.

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  4. It is a sweet twinch of fabric…it’s interesting that you are pulling out and using materials saved from your Nan, just as I am! I agree about the older how-to books – much less puffery and more help!

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  5. tialys says:

    I was admiring these on Sandra’s blog – love the peacock colours. I really enjoy looking at other people’s embroidery but have never taken to it myself – although never say never. Do you think you will do more now that you have dipped your toe in?

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    • Unlikely! I enjoyed it, but I’m not very good at purely decorative objects, but it was really good fun, I particularly enjoyed the steady running stitch round a pattern, so I might revisit that next time I need to do some mending

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  6. love these – they are little jewels. So much fun that you are using grandmother’s threads. They would make lovely brooches – or buttons.

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  7. anne54 says:

    These are so textural, Dawn ~ lovely! You can tell that you enjoyed creating them. I like Kate’s idea of fragments turning into pendants. Even something like this….although it is very different to your usual beautiful work.

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  8. Well, it may be out of your comfort zone, but the results are lovely.

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