Good morning everyone. I've been threatening you for ages with a competition and now the time has finally arrived! Ladies and gentlemen, I proudly present...
I have very kindly been sent £10 worth of materials from Will at Abakhan. The aim of the challenge is to use those £10 worth of new materials along with "old" materials that I have to produce an entirely new item and I want you to join in!
You do not have to go out and purchase new materials! You can use materials from your stash, but just to be clear here - your stash counts as new. Old materials include old clothes, old bedding, an old jumper you've frogged for the yarn, an old piece of furniture, anything you like! As the emphasis is on combining old and new, I've set my limit for new materials at £10, you don't have to stick to this limit, I won't be coming round to check, but the idea is to not have "spent" too much (of new materials or from your stash" on this challenge - I wouldn't want to see a full-size quilt of new fabric with a small patch of an old shirt for example.
I can only do this in countries where I am allowed to purchase in your currency via the internet using Paypal, if not, I will send you a voucher for a UK or US shop.
1. It must have been made by you sometime between May 19th and July 31st
2. You must use "old" materials
3. You must use some new materials, but not excessive amounts
4. The deadline is midnight on 31h July 2012 UK time
5. The winner will be selected in the first week of August, I will email the winner so please make sure I have a way to contact you
6. Your item DOES NOT have to be sewn - you can use any craft medium from crochet and knitting to painting and drawing and anything in between
Post a blog entry on your blog and put the link in the comments on THIS post, you must link back to this post in your entry. If you do not have a blog, you can post a link to a Flikr photo-set, please write about your project under the photo. No blog or Flickr? Email me (click on "view my full profile" in the top left of this page and it will bring up a link to email me), but don't forget to leave a comment as this is where I'll take the prize winner from.
I will be playing along with you, though I won't be eligible to win! So, here is what I'm starting out with, these are my new materials all supplied by Abakhan:
2m of denim drill, 2m of black satin binding and 2m of 6mm piping cord. Below is a picture of my old, a ripped poof that I'm going to reupholster. I will be adding some further old materials to this in the form of old clothes, but you'll have to wait and see what I do!
Here's what I used to use, an old tea-towel.
It was very simple to make, I joined the two washclothes, cut off all the hems (I did try unpicking but it was a bit of a nightmare), cut the joined washcloth to the same size as the fabric and sewed them rightsides together. I turned through and top stitched. It measures about 20 x 10 inches.
I have another 3 in the making, using more washclothes and an old teatowel, but the construction got delayed as I had a bit of a lace "issue". I'll post about it more when they're finished.
P.S. You can also leave a non-competition comment if you like, I'll only count the actual competition ones when I do the drawing.