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Scholarship Raffle 2014

You have all heard of getting something from nothing and making a silk purse from a sow’s ear. Basically, it’s making something wonderful–or at least nice– out of scraps that might normally be thrown away. Since we are all fiber artists, we all have scraps. The pieces left after cutting out a garment, the thrums left after you’ve thrown the shuttle the last time in a warp, even the short curliques from a fleece you have just spun. We don’t throw these things away because we might find a use for them.

Perhaps you accidentally threw your beautiful sweater into the washer and the dryer. You’ll never wear it again, but you can’t throw it out. Or how about that expensive outfit that you bought because you fell in love with the fabric. It never fit and you never wore it. Now is the time to look hard at your collected leftovers and figure out how they can be up-cycled and, maybe, beautiful again.

For this year’s scholarship moneymaker, we are asking each of you to make something – clever, fun, cute and/or wonderful – with your leftovers and scraps and donate it for the Scholarship Raffle. All entries will be displayed and all of us will be able to vote for our
favorites with raffle tickets. After the voting, a raffle ticket will be pulled for each item and that lucky person will be the proud owner of a wonderful creation.

You may be at a loss as to what you can create. Here are some examples:

using scraps as embellishment

using scraps as embellishment

notebook and journal covers

notebook and journal covers

Thrum scarf

Thrum scarf

 

For other ideas, refer to back issues of CNCHnet. There are crafty articles in Summer 2010, Fall 2010, Winter 2010, fall 2011, Summer 2012 and Summer 2013.

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