The Enterprising Beginning.....

Welcome to the Waste not, Want knot project. The goal is to turn textile waste into desirable objects that people want. Its a combination of all those things our grandparents told us; waste not, want not, combined with modern day landfill avoidance, reduce, reuse, recycle, and a need to liberate a great collection of fabrics and trims amassed over a few years from the back of my wardrobe, under my bed, in the roof space etc.... I have a design degree and an addiction to textile arts and crafts, lets see where it leads....

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Don't mow the lawn....

Its summertime which means lots of lazy days ignoring the need to mow the lawn. Inspiration hit one afternoon making daisy chains with Maddy( age 8). Maddy had commented on what a shame it was that the daisy chains didn't last very long, and I thought how great it would be to have immortal everlasting daisychains..... I had also been pondering how small was too smaller piece of felt to save before throwing them in the bin. The two thoughts colided and here is the result... my immortal daisychains and also some felted bangles with daisies!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Here are some of my latest Owl Babies- Morepork Butler doorstops. Over the last week I have put together a new flock of them in preparation for the next Craft show. They look very cosy cuddled up together in my giant basket. I have tried a few different colour combinations, and its great to see the upholstery fabric book pages pile getting smaller and smaller. I have started to run out of the huge buttons I use for the eyes so I'm having to think up new ways to do their eyes while I look for usable buttons!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year full of new ideas and crafts

Wow 2009 seemed to zip by ( pun intended). I'm bursting with new ideas for crafts and can't wait to find the time to try them all. Its summer school holidays here so I have my girls home from school, which means 3x the crafty mess. I gifted Abby a bag of fabric scraps for Christmas  she is always asking for mine) and she has been busy making everything from wristbands to clothes for littlest pet shop toys. The next step is to get her going on the old Bernina, leaving my industrial sewing machine free for me.  I have made up a few more Morepork(owl) butlers ready for the next craft market and have a few new ideas to whip together  as well. This year I hope to be a little more organised ( and tidy) and try out lots of new ideas. Christmas was lovely and all our handmade gifts were very well received. Photos to follow, the photographer is on holiday!