My latest nuno felt brooch is a great example of "Recycle Recycle!" It's actually the second of several that will come from this scarf.
The scarf is a silky confection found at one of my favorite shops in Wilmington, called "Bargain Box." It's a thrift store that serves the community through its ministries and donations. I often bring my discards there, but I cannot help but go in to see what treasures I can find. There is a vintage room as well as a room devoted to upscale vintage and "costumes" from the local film industries. Cast-offs from the various TV series and films can be found there. Many designers, photographers, and stylists shop there to stage sets and settings. I just find it fun!
I found this scarf - one of many I find there - in a neatly arranged box of silk and synthetic scarves. I look for long oblong ones to design and develop my line of "Felt-Tipped Scarves!" As the name implies, I nuno felt the ends of these scarves with wool, silk, yarn, and other embellishments. This one is not for everyone, a very bright, multi-colored array of mostly primary colors. It hadn't sold, so I brought it home only to discover a hole in it. NOT to be undone by that!
But what to do with this lovely confection? I cut off the ends with the felting and created brooches for use in hair, on a lapel, a bag, a neckline, a belt.....and more! Here's the first one called, "Recycle, Recycle!"
And today I made a second one, called "Fireworks!"
And the exciting thing about this multiple reuse of one piece of work is that I still have the remainder of the scarf to work with. It probably still has at least 2 feet of material to work with, meaning I can felt the entire thing. I need to think about doing something totally different with this remaining material.
Any ideas for me?