There are two things I want to tell you about today .....
Firstly, I totally forgot this was the start of a new year! Duh!
Eeek! What am I like?!!
Hence you will see last year's TUSAL jar in the photo below along with my mini thread catcher and my almost finished butterfly.
(If you haven't heard of TUSAL or ORTs before do pop over to Daffycat to find out all about them, and maybe even join in?!?!)
Still, at least I left the current ORTs in a pile on their own for this photo, so I can now see how it needs to be sorted, and in a minute I will go look for a new jar.
I know my ORTs pile looks teeny, but I do use the cotton as close to the end of the thread as I can and that's why there isn't a big pile!
That said, a lot of the ends came from tidying up "Stitch by Stitch" ..... and were just the knots from starting the new threads. I've only worked on this light coloured part lately, others were from tidying "Butterfly".
Another view, just to show you how it's growing:
|"Stitch by Stitch" by Anchor|
And, Secondly ..... I knew I'd seen a way to use ORTs!
This week a lady from the Embroiderers Guild gave a talk at my handicraft group ..... and during her presentation she showed a few items she had made using tiny pieces of cotton! They weren't actually ORTs but they were as tiny as some of my little ends shown above.
I know some of you were wondering whatever you could do with all your ORTs so I thought I'd just mention ..... this lady used sheets of double sided fusible web ..... and I think it was *Steam-A-Seam (other brands are available) by arranging the coloured threads pleasingly, then covering with Organza, iron as directed on the packet, then you will have a "fabric" you can use as you want. The lady had made butterflies with hers and attached them to pictures and a vase cover she had designed.
So there's something to try out sometime!
*Re: Steam-A-Seam, this is just something I use and I am not being paid to say this!!!
Now I'm off to visit some of you and see what you have been up to!
Happy stitching everyone! And keep warm/cool out there ..... depending where you are!