Creative Recycling in Embroidery

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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Here's a great source to inspire you to start using, reusing, and recycling embroideries, bits of fabric, wool, plastic, and metal! If you're like me, you probably have a stash of "treasures" from past projects. My creative process involves a lot of trial and error...I'll embroider on something and then change my mind about how I want it to look. Or, I start working on something with a particular look in mind and it's just not coming out. All those embroidered pieces of fabric go into a bin with other scraps of fabric, leather, fibers, and other good stuff. I can't throw them out because I know something wonderful will come of them some day. I'm just waiting for the inspiration that will spark the idea.

I discovered Creative Recycling in Embroidery by Val Holmes. It's full of ideas for that bin of scraps. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific salvation—from fabrics and fibers to wood, metal, and minerals. There are also some interesting ideas for recycling books, packaging, and images. If you are looking for the inspiration that will get you in the mood to dig through your stash, this might be the book for you! If you want to check it out first, there's a fun tutorial on how to make scrappy fabric from bits and pieces at Quilting Arts. Try it—you'll love it!


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