Friday, 14 October 2011

ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?
GOOD.
THEN I SHALL BEGIN.

I am really quite excited about this post.
I've been planning it for really quite a while now.
But the day job just kept getting in the way.
But now I would like to introduce you to my new and quite frankly generous project.
TALES FROM THE SCRAP HEAP
As you probably know Flaming Nora is not my day job.
By day I make costumes for theatre and film.
So I get through a fairly huge amount of fabric.
Often quite odd, weird and interesting fabrics.
I try and recycle as much waste as I possibly can, the thought of adding to landfill always fills me with dread.
But there are some bits that are too small or just plain odd shaped to be reused.
They live in an ever growing series of checkie bags taking up room and getting under my feet.
Now some may say I'm a hoarder.
Some may say I have a problem with throwing things away.
Some may say in 20 yrs time I may be one of those mad old ladies who only have a 2 ft square area left in my house where I can eat, sleep and drink.
I say Phah! to all these doubters.
See look I'm giving the whole thundering lot away.
Yes thats right folks I'm giving it all away.
All this fabric is fab for small scale projects and children's crafts.
A very large amount of it is brightly coloured silk dupion.
I will be bagging it up and giving it all away as of now.
(well may be that is an exaggeration, its 9.45 on the friday evening of a weekend when the Hippy has gone a galavanting, lets say Monday)
I can't say exactly what you will be getting, every bag will be different.
The only thing I ask is that you take photos of your finished works of beauty
and send them to the flicker group.
I am happy to send the first 15 or so bags out for free to any where, then I will be putting them on etsy.
There will be no charge for the fabrics, just a small and fair charge to cover the postage and paypall fees.
Interested?
Leave me a comment at the end of this post leaving me a way of contacting you and I'll get on with it.
In the mean time I thought I would share some pictures of things I have made from the scrap heap.
You saw a hint of this yesterday.
A machine embroidered and appliqué picture for my Kiwi friend Sally.
You can see it here with the stamp I took the design from.

Thankfully Sally recognised it at once as a Kowhai and not just the jumble of threads and fabrics that it really is!
An embarrassingly late birthday present.
And this one you may have seen earlier in the summer as it was part of a swap and I blogged about it here.
I am really taken with making these roses and am going to do a how to later in the week.

Well that was quite a long post!
Hope you are all felling inspired!

OK FOLKS THE RESPONSE TO THIS HAS BEEN SOME WHAT OVER WHELMING!
I AM AMAZED AND DELIGHTED AT HOW MANY OF YOU WANT TO SAVE THESE FABRICS FROM LAND FILL!
BUT I HAVE NOW REACHED BEYOND THE LIMIT OF WHAT I CAN AFFORD TO SEND OUT FOR FREE.
SO PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK TO MY FOLKSY SHOP ON THE SIDE BAR WHERE YOU CAN BUY THEM.
THE COST IN THE UK IS £2.50
FOR EVERY WHERE ELSE IT IS £4.00
THIS LITERALLY JUST COVERS THE COST OF SENDING IT, NOTHING ELSE.

Love Nora xxx

35 comments:

  1. wahoo I
    i'm first, yes plse to a bag of yr glorious scraps!!!
    i don't believe yr giving it all away, i think you are secretly stashing some somewhere.

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  2. Firstly, what a fabulous giveaway! Secondly, I want your job :)
    I have far too much fabric in my stash but I'm going to post about it and send interested folk your way :) Kx

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  3. Hi there,

    I'd love to take a bag off your hands. My course work and other projects take different directions and a bag of small pieces of a variety of fabrics is a wonderful thing to have! You've got my email from the machine embroidery class on 24 Sept. Thanks! SueM

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  4. I just love fabric! And I would love a bag of scraps that had lots of interesting fabrics in it. Thanks.

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  5. Oh yes please! A hoarder like me can never have enough fabric scraps; I admire your resolve in being able to let it all go!

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  6. Isn't there something about the one that dies with the most fabric wins? I have never met scraps that I haven't had ideas for.

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  7. Scraps, I love scraps. My friends laugh at me because I am always asking for their fabric scraps. I have two little makers (well three if you count me) who love to recycle anything I can give them, so count me in:) Thanks for your generosity! Cyndy

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  8. Oooooh yes please, but don't tell my husband

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  9. Wow. These are pretty scraps. And such inspiring little projects you are making with them. I'd love to receive some scraps and push myself to make something from them all. Pretty pretty.

    My kids love making little things from scraps as much me, they'll love this giveaway too.

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  10. Goodness me this sounds great!

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  11. Wow- yes please - and what a great job to have! My MIL had a friend who used to do exactly what you do. (I say had because the lady died not so long ago.)

    Anyway - that's a cool gesture.

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  12. Ooh yes please, you incredibly generous lady! Count me in.

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  13. i am no good in this kind of crafting, but i love people who are! so i will sitt here in my little corner in norway watching all the marvelous things you and your friends are making : )

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  14. Yes, Please. Like i need more fabric but who will know and i will put it to good use!

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  15. If I'm not too late I'd love one please!

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  16. I'd love some! Got a 'materials' project at school next term and the pastel binca selection just aint cuttin' it! Very kind. Thanks.

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  17. Above post is Gudrun by the way - no idea how to get any other profile - such a senior with these hi tech, newfangled ways! (nurdug13@hotmail.com) Thanks again.

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  18. Yes Please. I would absolutely love a bag please, and perfect timing as I have just started making a few things for Christmas presents. Now I can stop cutting up my families clothes! Thank you so much.

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  19. Hi Jennifer above post can be contacted at familyjessop@btinternet.com

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  20. What a starlet you are! And look how we are all after your day job! I'm on one of those stashbustin' phases - the kind where I hope to turn my house into something minimalist and designer-cough!ack!ack! (I'M JOKING - but I am up to my eyeballs in scraps already). I do see you have half the world with hands up for your scrap bags...

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  21. what a treat a bag of fabric treasures would be. i saw this over on kylie's (3sheets) blog and couldnt resist. evie x

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  22. Thank you for being so generous. I too am such a hoarder and one of those mad old ladies you mentioned and loving it.

    I use everything in my craft and arts and would absolutely treasure some lovely fabric to work with.

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  23. OMG, those are great. I love the roses most. Please enter me in the draw to get a bag.

    crazypurplemom.blogspot.com
    crzyprplmom at yahoo dot com

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  24. Oh how wonderful, can I have two please. One for me and one for the ladies of the Cyclone effected area of Cardwell. I will pay for both postage. These ladies are still suffering from Yasi which ripped through the area earlier this year.

    Arlene in Townsville, Australia
    http://arlenes-crafts.blogspot.com/

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  25. That stamp is stunning, what a beautiful piece.

    Terrific amount of interest in your scraps, can't wait to see what everyone makes!

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  26. Love the colors that I see in your roses! Can't wait for a how to on those! I did go in to the shop and ordered a couple of bags. It is always a good thing to have options to pull from when you need a bit of this or that! sascrap

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  27. Those are lovely fabrics! I am very interested in turning your "scraps" into my "works of art". : ) Reduce, reuse, recyle is the way I try to live my life. Creating beautiful things along the way makes the travel enjoyable. Thank you!

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  28. WOW! I would love some of those "scraps" but I call them a TREASURE!!

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  29. I love scraps of any kind and don't throw out a thing in the way of paper or fabric. Your colors are beautiful. The stamp is especially beautiful. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. Beautiful work you do! PLEASE post a link to the Etsy shop where I can get them - since I didn't make it into the top 15?!?!?! I am on a serious Stash Enhancement eXpedition! :)

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  31. I couldn't get the order to work through your shop, so I paypaled the $$$$ directly. Hope that works ok!

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  32. Thanks heaps Nora...I received the gorgeous fabric awhile ago. I also did a blog post about it showing what I created with some of the fabric scraps
    cheers
    Jenny

    Cottontail Craft & Vintage http://cottontail.net.au

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