For some reason lately, I have been seriously considering my impact on the environment with the waste I create in my sewing studio. Re-using all that I possibly can has been at the top, then there of course is the recycling and up cycling that is everywhere. But what about “re-purposing?” Plenty times I hear and have seen in designer workrooms the use of tissue for sewing specialty fabrics. Silk charmeuse comes to mind right away, mainly because this is what I was working on today. I decided, after looking at the pile of trash overflowing from the trashcan to the floor…all pattern tissue scraps, why not? Use the tissue paper from the patterns!! DingDong!! there you go..repurposing.
This lady made this garment for a wedding and used all manner of “scraps” to produce the train and the embellishments on the silk doupioni. (I’m sure she was very specific with the colors…but, image the process.)
|Eager to Learn—Afghanistan
by GILLIAN SHEARER
of TWEED HEADS WEST, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA
Back to the tissue…see in this picture, the tissue tore away rather easily with no left over shreds between the stitches. I was fairly impressed to say the least. From now own, I will continue to cut strips of my leftover pattern tissue and add it to a box on my shelf for use for all those times I need leaders at the beginning and ends of my delicate stitching.