So I left you all on the edge of your seat yesterday with a post about my weirdest stash - all my stray and spent threads.
And now you can see how I've turned trash into treasure by stitching all those threads together to create this awesome cuff bracelet:
I've had it in mind to make something like this for a long time, but I couldn't get past the fear of messing something up or wasting my time on a project that didn't work out, so I kept putting it off. It was only after seeing all the beautiful colors of that blazing sun all piled together that I decided enough was enough. I HAVE to make something pretty today!
So here's exactly what I did:
I layered all the threads in between two sheets of Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer and stitched the snot out of it. The quilting was really interesting because I could barely see what I was doing over all those threads!
I quilted it twice with two different colors of thread, then bound the edges by attaching a piece of red fabric to the top and stitching along the edge, leaving a hole to turn the piece right side out.
Then I edge stitched to keep the piece from distorting and quilted over the piece one more time with Snake Paisley in yellow thread. At this point, the bracelet was complete and I washed away all the water soluble stabilizer and curled it around a bottle of lotion for a few days to dry out.
All told it only took a few hours to turn all that trash thread into a beautiful bracelet that I can't wait to wear on my upper arm in the summer with a cute halter top!
I definitely want to experiment with this technique more. I'm going to call it free motion weaving because that's what it really feels like to me - weaving threads together, but with multiple free motion fillers which can add many interesting textures to the surface.
Now if that hasn't convinced you to start saving stray, spent threads then I don't know what will!
Let's go quilt,