Tuesday, May 19, 2009

All can be revealed

This story begins a few weeks ago....

After receiving the most amazing birthday gift from Tinniegirl, I was racking my brain trying to think of the perfect handmade gift for her birthday yesterday. It had to be something different, something that she wouldn't make herself, something that she would love.

As usual, all of my best ideas spring into my head in the middle of the night when I'm trying to get to sleep, but my brain won't switch off.....

I made a mental note before going to sleep - she likes accessories and jewellery.


So I decide to test out my big idea for a crazy stiched yarn scarf, but I need some more water soluble stabiliser to turn it into a reality.

Just because it was a good idea in my head, certainly does not mean that it was a good idea in practice.

It turned out to be more like a thick piece of felt, rather than a nice soft drapey scarf!

Note: It was originally twice this length, but this reject has since been recycled into new projects - waste not / want not.


After that little disaster, I needed to come up with a new idea - hence, the no knit woven scarf.

I wanted the scarf to be an everyday accessory, not something only to be worn in winter to take away the winter chills. I made it quite narrow and not chunky at all.

It's nice and soft and drapey, just like it should be.....


The felty scarf has been recycled into flower brooches, along with some dismembered crochet doilies (sorry to the nana who made all of the lovely rings and joined them together), and matching buttons.

I really like the way it all turned out in the end, and I think it would be a great project to use up all of those leftover balls of yarn from finished knitting projects. I'm predicting many more woven scarves in my future (but maybe I should actually finish everything else on the TO DO list first)!



38 comments:

Sarah said...

Wow! I really like the idea of homemade scarves but I have no idea how to knit. Do you think I'd be able to make one?

Tinniegirl said...

Yes, it's beautifully soft and gorgeous. I can't wait to give the scarf and brooch an outing.

PaisleyJade said...

It looks fab!! Love the flower too - you are very very clever (colours are great as well).

Kirsty said...

It looks like it drapes beautifully.

Gina said...

This is a lovely creation, and I like the felted brooch too. Well done!!

thornberry said...

Cam, everything about that scarf is so totally lovely! It's just perfect - I bet Cathy was thrilled. I love the weaving, love the colours, the crochet bit on the brooch, your felty scarf recycling - love it love it! I hope you are feeling very smug and proud of yourself!

beccasauras said...

ooh, love it love it! What a Tinnie Girl haha (lucky, that is). AND you have given me and awesome idea with how to use up a heap of white doileys- Me with lots of fabric dye at home...thanks for that one!

Tania said...

Forget the TO DO list - look how your late night going-off-to-sleep ideas pan out! That doily is a really sweet bit of intricate detail and added texture.

Jennifer Rose said...

very bohemian looking :D well done!

Michelle said...

Looks great. I love that you used some of the reject scarf too.

JuliaB said...

Wow! that's really lovely .. how do you do no knit woven stuff?? x

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

I knew the big reveal was going to be stunning. What a beautiful gift - you're very clever! That will look gorgeous on Cathy.

Nikki said...

Fantastic, Cam. Absolutely stunning - and perfect colours that will look fantastic on Cathy. Loving it all...

Ulla said...

What a lovely idea. The colours are great and the flower brooch just makes it perfect.

Michelle said...

oh cam...
it's absolutely gorgeous...
love the finishing touches...
the little bit of crocheting, the flower, button all amazing...
and it does look so much softer...
at least the felt came in handy...

thetwowindmills said...

It's beautiful Cam. I love those colours and the felted brooch.

Michelle said...

Nice one, Cam!

Christy said...

It's lovely and so stylish!

Anonymous said...

You should definitely keep that in mind for your sister's not quite your birthday, middle of the year present!

Swirlyarts said...

Don't worry about to do lists - the point of them is to have lots of stuff added all the time that just doesn't get done. What do you mean that's only my to do list??

Miss Gina Designs said...

Very pretty! I very much love the color combination!

Ellieboo said...

Scraf take 2 is stunning - what a lovely gift!

angelique said...

You clever girl. It looks absolutely fantastic. I'm sure tinniegirl loved it very much.

sewjourn said...

Love the brooch on it.......

Christina Lowry said...

You are so clever! Thanls for taking us on this craft journey from small failures to big success. I'm glad I'm not the only one whose craft doesn't always go to plan...
:)
PS. I'm sure you will be forgiven for the doilies, as now they will be getting more attention and love than ever.

Christina Lowry said...

You are so clever! Thanls for taking us on this craft journey from small failures to big success. I'm glad I'm not the only one whose craft doesn't always go to plan...
:)
PS. I'm sure you will be forgiven for the doilies, as now they will be getting more attention and love than ever.

Linda said...

how incredibly beautiful Cam!! you are a genius! Cathy must be soooo happy :)

Katy said...

Super impressed, the colours are beautiful and it looks spectacular - well done! You should sell those :-)

Cindy said...

The brooch goes so lovely with it. I love that it has a wintery feel but like you say that it could still be worn all year round. Lucky Miss Cathy, she will be wanting to have 4 birthdays a year

Polka Dot Rabbit said...

What beautiful colours and textures, I can imagine stroking it from here!

Juddie said...

ooooh so lovely!

handmaiden said...

its beautiful, i can see Cathy wearing that and it drapes well and the jewel colours are gorgeous. fabulous work

Lauren said...

Stunning! Well done :-)

Megan: The Byron Life said...

So sweet.

Finki (jay) said...

I love the new flower brooches Cam, where can I buy one. I'll keep an eye on your made it store. Love them.

Stacey said...

Its just beautiful Cam. You really are very, very clever and talented.

Karin said...

Wow! Ingenious!

potty mouth mama said...

Wow - what a thoughtful and gorgeous birthday present! I actually like both of them, but I am so loving how you've reworked the first into the second. Very clever.