A great idea popped into my mind: to combine two messages on the Christmas cards. Since I’m convinced that we all can work together to buy less clothes and fabric, I decided to include the ‘saved from landfill’ message to the Christmas message of peace and hope.
I wanted to use leftover fabrics for the background of the card and leftover threads for the Christmas tree.
To get this done I would sew fabric scraps together as the background. This I would sew on a piece of muslin. I have a box here with leftover threads, I saved over the year. These I would spread out over the fabric and cover it with tulle, choosing a neutral color since the color may impact the outcome of the project. Organza is also a good option. I learned this technique to make a fabric collage involving small pieces from Deborah Wirsu. www.threadsketchinginaction.com
The threads were to be shaped into a tree. Next I would free motion stitch the form of a tree on the tulle. I tried to draw on the tulle, but this was not possible, so I did a freehand tree sketch.
Once this was done, the piece was turned and I continued to stitch the inner branches of the Christmas tree on the backside.
The fabric was again turned. I cut around the Christmas tree, and cut away threads that escaped.
Now it was time to look at the finished project and …. I didn’t like it at all! The workout of my great idea turned out not so great!
I posted my experiment and to my amazement, there were quite a few people who liked it!
Time to reconsider! I decided to work some more on the tree trunk, which is too wide, and sew it on a green Christmas card.
I think I will send the card after all! Zero waste, you know!