We all NEED to recycle , dumps are too full ,,, But as much as i
recycle /renovate my clothes, Make bags from everything , aprons and
cushion covers from skirts etc,,, i still have too much , thus i hope
some of you share with me some of their ideas.
From Colonial times right through the Depression, American women made
rag rugs, braided or crocheted. I think this would use up a good deal
of old fabric. Likewise, English women used up woolen scraps to make
hooked rugs. The technique was identical to that known today as "punch
Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.
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take you to my new, DeviantART gallery. I've been home, restingup the past couple of weeks after all the exhibits, festivals, etc.I'm involved in during the spring and fall, so I've FINALLY starteduploading digital pics, etc. :-)Anyway, most of the materials in my Art Quilts are recycled. Somescraps are from my own, earlier projects and other materials, buttons,etc, were donated by people who wanted to declutter. Almost ALL of thematerials I use in my Subversiv sysl=F6jd (subversive sewing) workshopsare donated; that's one reason I can offer them for free. It is amatter of principal with me to NEVER accept payment from poepleparticipating in Subversiv sysl=F6jd!
I recycle fabrics all the time. I recycled a Cool Whip container and fabric
) to make a couple of coffee "drip catchers" and a matching coffee grounds container.
Most of the sewing I do is deconstructing/reconstructing. That's not to say
I never use new materials, but I just have a hankering to reuse for some
And you are also too young to have been part of the "use it up, wear it
out, make it do, or do without" generation, right? My aunt (age 93) is
a card-carrying member of that. She saves EVERYTHING and reuses it --
which is really the way that most people should be. It seems more
ecologically sensible to engage in conservative consumption rather than
conspicuous consumption followed by extensive recycling.
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My MIL was like that. She's still alive, but no longer caring for herself,
but when she did, I wish I had paid more attention! She actually reused
plastic bread bags (washed them and hung them on the line and used them
till they died). She was a true folk artist; she had no idea the things she
made were unique and beautiful. Her quilts were made with scraps, but she
purchased her muslin because you were "supposed" to use muslin.
I learned a lot from her, but think that a lot of my reusing way of
thinking is related to being raised in the 60s and being around for the
first Earth Day and having "reduce, reuse, recycle" drilled into my head.
It's something I can believe in, even if my efforts are but a drop in the
Plus, anything that gets me sewing is a good thing!
Today was repair fitted sheets day.
I pulled all the elastic out of 2 king size sheets on Friday and
yesterday, today and replace it all with new elastic which I put on
using my serger. It was a lot easier to put on the new elastic than
removing the old. That was dry and brittle. 2 king size sheets were put
back in to good shape for about 4 dollars in elastic. Now they fit nice
and tight and sure look better on the bed. The sheets were fairly new
but the old elastic looked like it was ancient.
Thank you Irene , i will read it in more relaxed hour ..
I give a lot of my leftovers [ those i can`t use in my fiberart or
craft] to friends and colleagues, but i am not sure, i can organize
such a group as your`s .
That is not a bad slogan, but what I always found ludicrous were things
like people who buy glue sticks by the dozens and then say they need to
find a way to reuse them so they aren't wasting them. Seems to me that
if they had just bought regular glue in the first place, they wouldn't
have so many containers to have to reuse.
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I am currenlty cutting up and pulling apart old tweed blazers from Thirft
shops and washing them. I've done 7 and have one more to go and when I
finish the 7th, I'm going to make a patchwork coat (sort of modified kimino
style with a black velvet collar). They cost me on average of $2.50 each
and the fabric is superb.
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Farmi , is the coat meant for YOU ???? i love the idea !!!!
Yes, it's going to be for me.
I have a friend who started me off on this. She was given a kilt made of
the most beautiful tartan wool but didn't want a kilt as she thought they
wer now too old fashioned. She took off the waste band and picked apart all
seams, treated the pleats with vinegar to get the pressing out and then made
a pair of pants. They look wonderful on her and she recycled something that
wasn't to her taste but was still a high quality fabric which is becoming
increasingly hard to get it seems.
Kathleen , what about some nice , double[ =3D2 layer] m knitted small
an aquaintace of mine , sewed each grandkid a 2 sets of bag + little
napkin, like the ones we used to have ,,, she embroidered something
nice on them .,,,, kids were reluctant at first now they like it !!!!
I thought maybe people having birthdays should , prepare and hand out
to the childeren a sandwich cloth bag as birthday present [the kind a
child takes home from the party] ,, by making it a present , it might
become a NIce thing to have , as we had them !!!!