ScrapHappy # May

I joined a ScrapHappy group a few months ago, organised by Kate in Australia and Gun in Sweden.  The idea of this group is to encourage each other to use up scraps.  Any scraps, for crafting.  In March and April I delved into my fabric scraps for some patchwork/sewing projects.  For May I decided to do some cross stitch.

If you’re like me, you always end up with lots of threads left over from kits and there often seem to be quite a few small off-cuts of aida/evenweave when preparing fabric for larger projects.  I never throw any of mine out. I keep everything because it always comes in useful for very small designs.

While the sun has been shining, and skies are blue, I decided to start work on a few unseasonal designs.  And stitched up these two in just a couple of evenings.

scraphappy may 01

Colours aren’t necessarily what the charts suggested, but I was using my scrap threads, so made colours up as I went along.  The little snowman to the left is a free design by Lindashee, and the penguin is a free by Lesley Teare.

The “finishing” wasn’t strictly a scrappy finish, although I used only what I had in my stash.  Some scrap wadding to give the cross stitch designs a nice padded effect, and some ready-made aperture cards (aperture is 2.5” x 2.5”).

scraphammy may 02

So two dinky little cards to pop into my Christmas box.  And a feeling of not having wasted some of those leftover threads.

Other ScrapHappy crafters, who don’t necessarily post each month, being:

TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn,  Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean

18 thoughts on “ScrapHappy # May

  1. Well, it’s nice to be prepared – it will be here before you know it and, with the weather we’re having down here, one could be forgiven for thinking it’s already arrived. 😦
    The colours look good even though you were making them up as you went along.

    • feels like autumn here at the moment! Raining & cold. I was almost tempted to put the heating on last night, but resisted.

      • Husband took advantage of me being out all day on Sunday and lit the log burner. Mind you, I didn’t really complain too heartily. I say it’s because he’s spoilt during the week with central heating in a small flat so he really notices the difference at weekends whereas I will usually just put on more and more clothes. I don’t think we’ve had such a bad start to the Summer in the 13 years we’ve lived here – I hope it picks up soon otherwise I might have to move across the border into Spain.

  2. What a clever way of using up scraps of Aida and threads. I’ve got them !! No surprise there. I love the cards, they will make someone very happy at Christmas. Super scrap happy post.

  3. Love the cards! And an idea I’ll have to remember as I’ve a whole bag of leftover threads from assorted cross stitch patterns.

    • I should try and stitch small designs more often too. There’s no excuse not to. So many free charts available these days on the internet!

    • thanks Emma. Always nice to sit down with something small, which can be whipped up in a few hours too. And I always feel, with all the frees available on the net, it’s a shame not to make the most of them. Proof that cross stitch (like other crafts) can be enjoyed without having to spend money.

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