the other night when i was trying to get to sleep, my mind wandered, as it usually does. i wanted to buy a felt runner for our table, but then i got this idea to use some grey wool scraps i had squirreled away and piece them together in a linear fashion to make a runner. i got out of bed in the dark, found my sketchbook and sketched the idea. in the dark. so i wouldn't forget.
yesterday i cut up all the pieces and laid them out like a puzzle.
today i sewed them together and here is the result.
i am becoming more comfortable with the mustard tinted concrete floors. if i think of mustard in terms of a colour palette (say, mustard, grey, white) it sounds a lot better in my head. so i will just keep thinking that and try to keep with that palette for anything else we bring into the house.
here are some instructions if you want to make a scrap wool runner too.
1. find some scrap wool. you could buy some new, but it's not as fun.
2. determine the width at the center of the runner. it may be determined by the widest scrap you have available.
3. start cutting out horizontal scraps that more or less match up to each other. some of mine were triangular shaped, but i made sure there was a 'match' so that the runner was kept straight.
4. i slowly made my runner narrower at each end. mostly due to smaller and smaller scraps. you could cut them to all be the same width, but i kinda like the organic wonky shape i made.
5. lay out all your 'puzzle' pieces and start sewing them together wrong sides together, so that the seam is on the top of the runner. you can use a coloured thread and bobbin if you want, but i used white for a neutral look. also, i pinned a few of them together to take them to the sewing machine so they would stay matched up and in order.
6. once you have sewn all the pieces together, clip all your threads, and press the back side so that the runner will lay flat. use more steam and less pressure- you don't want to mangle or crush the seams on the other side.
i think i'm going to keep a little moleskin and pen beside the bed for future midnight ideas.