When I ran the bags of fun challenge I did not realise how popular refashioning/recycling jeans has become. After the challenge I swore I would never trying to embroider denim again. I should know myself by now and never use the word never but … I have this pile of denim … and I think I have been bitten by the embroidery on denim bug. I am resisting but I think it may be futile as I have embroidered on denim and recycled denim garments since I was in my 20’s
Why am I not blogging my normal Wednesday Wisp progress well I have been working on writing my Sumptuous surfaces online course and have not done any of my own stitching but decided I needed a little break from writing.
Since I want to use this denim up (it has been in my cupboard far too long) I decided to poke about the net a bit and found 12 Lessons on Recycling Denim This series of articles provided some ideas. I liked the zipper pins idea but I think they would make better fridge magnets although I don’t need more fridge magnets. Nothing apart from a quilt would reduce this pile and perhaps be a nice picnic/folk festival blanket. It would have to be an unembellished crazy quilt but I don’t want to embark on a huge project until the WISP pile is reduced so that idea was put to one side.
Although I am a backpack person I do not need a denim backpack. I have enough bags , totes, purses and the like, although I must admit to being tempted towards making a crocheted denim bag what for – to keep my crocheting in of course! I think however that strips of denim would be hard on the hands to crochet although I have filed this idea away in my visual journal because I think using the same idea to recycle tencel garments would work even better.
Since a perfectly good cane basket performs the function of containing my crochet I do not really need a bag like this but containers were on my mind and this craft bucket was considered for a few moments but I really don’t need one.
I carried on trawling for other ideas for Crafts Made From Jeans. Then I found this Squidoo lens on Recycled Used Jeans which provoked a few more ideas. I do not need placemats, pot holders, Christmas stockings, hats, folder jackets or notebook covers.
Splicing jeans open to make to make skirts both short and long is popular and I hate to admit it but since these skirts were popular in the 70’s I made about 5 of them and since I now sport a matronly figure they look a bit silly on me!
In fact there is a heck of a lot of refashioning of garments going on web wide. Take a look at Wardrobe refashion
Of course denim waistcoats are back so I could make one of those but the idea only half grabs me. I could be really twee and make a couple, one for me, and one for Jerry, but you can tell from the tone I am sure that we are both far to individualistic to dress in a similar manner.
A jacket may be an option but the scissors are not yet flying, and I am not yet skipping about enthused and energised by the idea yet, although I do plan to dig out my patterns and take a look at my options so at the moment that idea is the main contender.
The most practical way of reducing this pile is so far the picnic blanket/quilt idea but since I want to reduce my WISPs before I start any more large projects (small projects don’t count) I know the pile of denim will get stashed at the back of the cupboard and somehow grow more before I get to it again.
OK I have browsed until I am stale and stumped as to how I can use this denim. Does anyone have any other ideas? As I say at the moment the idea of jacket is the main contender but leave a suggestion if you have a good link or another idea.