Scrap Happy April

A while ago I posted that I had decided to use the Take a Stitch Tuesday posts by Sharon at Pintangle to learn a wider range of embroidery stitches. Cathy commented that she was following Anne Brookes 52 tags series for a similar reason. So I investigated that and it seemed more about creatively using stitches rather than learning them so it seemed that doing both would be helpful

I duly went online and bought a pack of tags and once they arrived tried the first challenge even though I was now a few weeks behind! It was to be all white. I watched her video tutorial and set to work. By the end of the evening I had a tag but was simply frustrated!

As it is ages since I did much dressmaking I have very limited supplies of trimmings and my buttons are quite large. Everything felt out of proportion to the size of the tag. Meanwhile the small piece of fabric was very fiddly to handle. It probably didn’t help that I chose a scrap of an old loosely woven damask tablecloth as the base fabric. I liked the white on white design of the weave but it stretched and wobbled far too much. I was tempted to give up on the whole thing but remembered seeing on other blogs cards and postcards made with embroidery so decided to have a go with a larger ‘tag’.

I also found the video unhelpful – once I had seen what Anne had done I found it hard to get that out of my head and invent my own design. So I watched just the first few seconds of the next few and wrote down the theme as my starting point. That probably means I have gone totally off piste but the whole idea was that this is for me so I am modifying it to suit myself.

Week 2 was a heart. I cut an A4 sheet of card (I have nearly a ream of the stuff so can afford to muck about) into 4 ‘postcards’ and had a lovely evening playing. I found a ball of narrow ribbon which someone gave me and tried using that for embroidery. I used stitches I had learned on the Pintangle challenge so combining the 2 ‘courses’. It came out with a slightly ‘vintage’ feel which wasn’t intentional!

Week 3 was sewing ruffles – not inspiring for me! So I didn’t do it! On to week 4 which was to play with fly stitch.

Luckily at that point a friend who has been clearing out her Mother’s house (Mum has chosen to go into a home after a fall) brought me a bag of embroidery and tapestry threads she had found in a drawer so I had more choice.

The last few weeks have been particularly busy and these challenges are supposed to be fun so I am trying very hard to shut out the ‘ought’ voice and do them only when I have time and energy rather than allowing myself to be driven to do one of each every week. This probably means it will take me well over a year to complete them and I will almost certainly continue to ignore any that do not appeal. However I think the tags one will certainly help free me up to be more creative.

All I need to do now is find a use for the other 99 luggage tags!

Scrap Happy is curated by Kate and Gun on the 15th of each month. The links below are to the amazingly creative contributors who make interesting things out of scraps that most people would throw away.

Kate (me!)Gun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
KerryClaireJeanJon, HayleyDawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, NanetteAnn, NancyDawn 2, Noreen,
Bear, Carol, Preeti and Edith

17 thoughts on “Scrap Happy April

  1. Laurie Graves April 15, 2021 / 3:03 pm

    Phew! Hats off. I love the sweet look of the tags you made.


    • Going Batty in Wales April 15, 2021 / 3:21 pm

      Thank you!

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    • Going Batty in Wales April 17, 2021 / 11:31 am

      Thank you! Now I am doing them my own way I am having fun!

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    • Going Batty in Wales April 17, 2021 / 11:31 am

      Thank you!

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  2. tialys April 15, 2021 / 5:45 pm

    You’re a rebel! A creative free spirit. Why not please yourself with the designs whilst learning new stitches? I really like the blue one with the fly stitch.
    I used luggage tags recently to hang from my fabric shelf boxes, writing on them what the boxes contain so I don’t have to rummage through them every time. I didn’t use 99 of them though.


    • Going Batty in Wales April 17, 2021 / 11:33 am

      I have used tags on boxes in my workroom too but 99 will be a challnge all by themselves! I was rather leased with the fly stitch one too.


  3. onesmallstitch April 15, 2021 / 8:35 pm

    taking both classes together is a great idea, I like the idea of cross connecting what you learn. Love your use of buttons. I’m sure you will find a use for pretty tags but 99? that might stretch the imagination.


    • Going Batty in Wales April 17, 2021 / 11:34 am

      It really would be a stretch! They could be around for a while.


  4. nanacathy2 April 15, 2021 / 9:23 pm

    Love the tags you have made. I am making them too, and frequently go off in my own direction. They are fiddly to do and I think I shall have to invest in some fray stop.I post about them on my other blog- should you be interested.


    • Going Batty in Wales April 17, 2021 / 11:35 am

      I am following your other blog Cathy and enjoying it. I am way behind because now the evenings are lighter I am spending less time crafting – it is very much an indoors in the evening activity for me.


  5. Susan Nixon April 15, 2021 / 10:11 pm

    I like them all, but I especially like the first one, and it doesn’t seem out of proportion in any way. It’s nice to have a lot of choice in threads, beads, buttons, laces, etc. I probably have a little too much choice. LOL

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    • Going Batty in Wales April 17, 2021 / 11:36 am

      Thank you Susan. I will be able to buy some more trimmings when I go into Cardigan next week to collect library books as non-essential shops are now open,

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  6. anne54 April 15, 2021 / 10:24 pm

    Not listening to that “ought to” voice is quite liberating, isn’t it? My favourite is the last, as I love the effect of the fly stitch as the sun. It would make a great sunflower too.

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    • Going Batty in Wales April 17, 2021 / 11:37 am

      I was rather pleased with that one too. I have no idea how long it will take me to do all of them but I am in no rush. I do less sewing in summer a the evenings are shorter!


  7. The Snail of Happiness April 16, 2021 / 11:14 am

    Not sure about tags but your bigger pieces are just yelling “greetings cards” at me. And just let me know if you want any fabric scraps – I’m drowning in them!


    • Going Batty in Wales April 17, 2021 / 5:02 pm

      I think you are right about cards and in fact I made my son a birthday card using the same system. As for fabric scraps I have plenty thanks – enough to keep me going a few years! But now the shops are open again I will be buying some trimmings and threads to increase my options for future tags.

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