Second Quarter Challenge 2016
For the second quarter challenge I want you to reuse your off cuts, recycle your discard bin and UFO’ and reshape things that have been hanging around to long. I have some examples below that I hope spark some ideas.
My of cuts tend to be the trimmings form either from the edge where I open something up to get the resist out or a circle cut to get the resist out. When ever I have a long thin piece I roll it into a snakes. I have lots of them now. I am not sure what I will do with them all. My plan is to use them for texture by putting them between layers of wool. I just haven’t done it yet. Know I have a push to give it a go.
This is a pin I bought ( I can’t remember from who) but I though I might be able to make some of my own design with some fancy knots maybe. I liked the pin part. I don’t really like the little pin backs you get in the craft store.
You can make an interesting necklace with some off cuts. this one was made with rug hooking scraps.
The discard bin is where I go when I want to make some pictures. Very few discards ever get properly fulled because I can see they are going wrong or that I don’t like them and stop. These are great for cutting up into shapes for making a picture. If you have larger pieces they can be used a back grounds. If it’s been fulled a little much you can fluff up some of the fibers by giving it a going over with a stiff brush. I find hand carders a bit to aggressive. A nail Brush or scrub brush often works well. With some off cuts that are to small or odd shaped I use them as the middle for felted balls.
These two are made from scraps. I plan to do some embroidery. I made another very simple one to try machine embroidery on but It seems to be missing. I probably put it somewhere safe. This is a nice little bag Zed sent me made up al lots of small pieces sewn together.
There are different ways to reshape things that maybe have been hanging around to long. Scarves can be cut up and sewn in to other things like small bags, purses, book covers. I have cut them into thinner strips and use them for hat bands in the past. These to fit an iPad and an e-reader.
These 2 are belt pouches.
Hats can be reshaped. Everyone who saw this hat liked it but it was such a tall hat it didn’t really look good on. I reshaped it into a fedora shape.
Here is another that needs a hat band I think. I don’t have the before shot, sorry. It really nice in person the wool I used has other colours giving it lots of depth.
I hope you take up the challenge and get out your UFOs, discards and scraps to show us what you can do with them to give them another life. Post them over at the Forum in the second quarter challenge thread.
25 thoughts on “Second Quarter Challenge 2016”
“Re-use, Re-purpose, Recycle” is a good challenge Ann.
That’s a pretty pin, I dislike those fiddly brooch backs too and tend to use long pins, rather like hat pins.
My granddaughters made a bag each last week with some of my felted discards and yarns, I wish I’d taken photos.as they were rather pretty..
Thanks, Yes, it is simple but it works. I usually end up sewing on a big safety pin. There is so much you can do with discards and UFOs when you stop thinking of them as what they were supposed to be. I use zeds bad as a decoration on my studio wall. I use a huge purse.
Interesting and challenging idea!
Glad you like it.
Now I’ll have a reason to go and round up all my kept stashes of offcuts and pieces that didn’t work – I know they’re somewhere. I already have in mind a very lumpy piece of felt as I’m experimenting with rocky textures and rust dyeing.
off cuts are great for adding texture and dimension. I hope you will share some pictures with us on the forum
Wonderful challenge Ann!
Thanks Lyn, cant wait to see what you come up with.
I’m a big fan of recycling/repurposing so I like the idea of this challenge.
I am glad you like it. I hope it sparks some creative thoughts.
Great challenge Ann! I never throw anything out. So many possibilities the hardest part will be where to start. 🙂
Thanks Marilyn. Just reach into the bin and pull something out.
Hmmm… will have to search around and see what I come up with.
Ruth are you saying you have thrown away all your UFO’s and didn’t quite work felt?
Oh no, just have piles of stuff everywhere so I’ll have to go searching in the mess of it all.
This one is going to be tough! I have plenty of ufos and things that haven’t worked but they’re in the scrap pile because I lack the inspiration to do something with them :s
WE all do. It’s time to put your thinking cap on. No more putting it off. 🙂
My hubby is even pleased with that challange , finally you ‘ll make some space !!
Recycling gives a good feeling. I am reading the book “Connected Cloth” that is also about reuse materials and connect it with our environment.
I like the challenge too Ann.
I a glad I can please the whole family. Now see if you can get him involved and as addicted as the rest of us.
So true…wonderful projects with your leftovers.
Thank you Marylou
I’d forgotten about that bag 🙂 Sometimes when I’ve done a quick sample to demo a layout, I’ll keep on fulling it when I get my bead board out to turn it into a coaster.
Beads and felt go so well together