On Saturday, I went to a quilt show; I wrote about the experience in this post. Sunday afternoon I had a great time sorting through my cloth scraps and yarns--a great time with fiber. I said I'd post pictures, in case anyone is interested, and so I shall.
I knew that I wanted to try making beads out of scraps of cloth, the way that my grandmother used to make beads out of old church bulletins. First, I sorted through scraps.
I've had these scissors (below) for a long time, probably since I was 13. I was taking a sewing class at the Singer store in Montgomery Mall (Alabama). Nurse Ellie gave me these engraved scissors. Nurse Ellie was stationed with my parents in France when/where I was born. She was my nurse. During the summer of 1978, she happened to be doing an Air Force stint in Montgomery, where we lived. She gave me these scissors. I need to get them sharpened.
I cut a piece of cloth into a triangle, and started rolling it into a bead.
I started with just a drop of glue at the tip of the triangle, which would probably be enough. Later, I spread glue all over the back of the cloth. And since I'm sewing the beads together, I didn't roll them around a toothpick or a rod, the way you'd need to if you were stringing them together.
You can make a variety of sizes.
You can make whatever size you'd like. You could probably make them puffier too.
You don't even need to start out with a triangle.
Eventually, I'll sew them together into this shape. Which brings me to my next project: making a scarf out of various fibery strands.
I chose about 15 strands of things: a remnant of cloth, a piece of a sequined scarf, a variety of yarns.
I laid them out and started to knot, twine, and braid them together.
In the end, a fun scarf!
All in all, a fun Sunday--one that satisfied my fingers' itch to play with fabric and fiber.
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