I added some photos to Instagram showing what it's like to prepare a sheep fleece for felting.
What do you do with your leftover scraps when you make something? What CAN you do with them? I’m thinking of the small pieces you generate when you’re quilting, dressmaking or doing any other fabric cutting, but “what to do with the scraps” is probably a scenario common to all makers. With the abundance of beautiful new fabrics, it’s easy enough to discard the small, hard-to-use scraps. But. Abundance can be overwhelming and very harsh on our Mother Earth. Hurrah for the rising trends in zero-waste cutting in the fashion industry. And let’s appreciate the small bits. Some people use tiny scraps of fabric to form a larger piece with the help of fabric stabilizer, creating colorful mosaic cloth. I have lots of smaller pieces of fabric that I want to use to make sachets.
I had a piece of felt left over from making a hat. The hat was trimmed when it was nearly fulled so the scrap I had wouldn’t easily integrate into another piece of felt. I had a long, narrow strip that looked a bit like a scrap of raw dough left over from making pie. I sewed some random doodles on the felt with a free-motion embroidery foot, and then I coiled the strip into a cylinder and sewed the edges together with zig-zag stitch, also by machine. Here’s the result — you can see where the coil of fabric begins at the left. The strip of felt tapered at both ends so it created a pretty good approximation of a cylinder.
It was a fun exercise in making something useful or decorative out of scrap. And it keeps my wrist warm.
My name is Ava Chan. I live in Boston with two greyhounds. I make felt. I dye and sew fabric. Studying, seeking, making textiles.