This is the Christmas-tree-skirt project. I wove 3 1/2 meters of background fabric with 8/1 Möbellåtta warp and 6/1 Fårö wool weft. Now, having sorted through all my handwoven remnants, big and small, I have colors and textures for telling the Nativity story in appliqué. My friend with appliqué experience has advised me on materials and technique, for which I am enormously grateful.
Using a double-sided fusible product, I carefully cut out each shape. After laying all the pieces out in the proper arrangement, I fuse them, layer by layer, to the background fabric. The Nativity narrative is formed, piece by piece. I still have handwoven remnants to add to the lower edge, and embroidery to stitch around some of the appliqué shapes. I’m hopeful to complete all of it before Christmas.
My remnant scene tells the story of God with us. The holy babe in a pieced-together manger reminds us that God loved us by sending Jesus to our worry-ridden world. Worries are the little things and big things that we would like to control, but can’t. Can we add one moment to our lifespan by worrying? Trust in Jesus replaces worry because it puts control back in the right hands.
20 thoughts on “Applique from Handwoven Remnants”
Oh my goodness! It’s going to be a gorgeous heirloom! How will you keep the edges of the cut woven pieces of cloth from fraying? I can’t wait to see this finished. No doubt you will have it completed before Christmas.
Hi Beth, I think you’re right that this will become a cherished heirloom. I envision having it out year after year.
Most of the cut edges are secured with the fusible that I used. And the embroidery that I’m planning to do will serve a dual purpose – stitching around vulnerable edges, as well as being decorative.
Good morning Karen,
What did we do before fusibles?
Textiles. Taking scraps of this and that and with blessings of creativity from God something wonderful happens where before for waste.
Who knew playing with fluff would end up spun yarn? Or, looping that yarn would lead to cloth. Or stains would lead to dyes. Or mended holes would lead to lace.
We are blessed with the end result of those ‘discoveries’ and the ever present ‘waste not want not’ that makes sure we use every last scrap of our hard work.
Please forgive my getting into the weeds. I am trying to figure out how there are 6 plastic container lids of varying sizes left over from packing up my crafts. I think this is in the realm of socks and dyers….
Beautiful tree skirt. I am looking forward to the finished project under the Christmas tree this year.
Hello Nannette, I enjoy your thoughtful response so much. Using every last scrap has a way of showing us that when we think we are all used up, the Lord whispers that He’s not quite done with us.
Thank you for your lovely communication,
Hi Karen, Thank you so much!
What an amazing project this is! Every piece tells a story, with each piece being a part of THE STORY. So meaningful in so many ways, and very inspiring. I can’t wait to see the finished tree skirt, but I say that about all of your projects! Thank you for sharing this process…
Hi Geri, You express my sentiments perfectly, about being a part of THE STORY. What a grand story to be in. Thank you for contributing your thoughts!
Wow please post when your finished, Would love to see.
Hi Cynthia, I expect I will post a picture right about Christmas. Thanks!
All the best,
Oh! So very wonderful in so many ways. Thank you for sharing.
Hi Loyanne, it’s great to hear from you. I’m pleased that this project means something to you.
This will be so moving…..
Hi Karen, I hope it can be the start to many conversations in our home.
It is absolutely beautiful, what a treasure! And such a great use of remnants from all those projects.
Hi Elisabeth, The little bits add up to something. I’m glad to find a use for some of my remnants.
Thank you so much,
That is just sweet. Blessings to you and yours!
Hi Carolyn, I appreciate your kindness.
Blessings to you, too,
I’m very glad you’ve shared this process with us, Karen. It’s so inspiring! I love that you took what others might think of as waste and worthless (only to a non-weaver, of course ) and are turning it into a treasure! What a beautiful reminder of God’s redemption.
Hi Kristin, I’m glad you see it as a reminder of God’s redemption. There’s nothing more meaningful than that.