Making things very often means creating waste too, and my work is no exception. I have a fair amount of yarn and felt scraps from making my wands and crowns. I came up with this solution for the really small scraps which I discribe in this post, but what to do with the pieces that were too small for my wands, but still usable? Having time to bring new ideas to fruition does not come my way too often, but I did get a moment this week to finally finish a project that uses those still usable scraps. What I came up with is a jewelery making kit containing lots of wooden beads and a rainbow of small square felt pieces to be threaded onto hemp string for necklaces and bracelets.
It comes in a natural cotton bag containing 117 unfinished wooden beads of various sizes and styles, 180 pieces of plant dyed felt (20 pieces of each color) and 4 yards of hemp string. I mention in my shop's listing for this kit that the beads could be colored with markers, painted with watercolor paints or dyed with Easter egg dyes or simply left plain. My original intention was to plant dye the wooden beads, but I became a little overwhelmed with the process. I'm still hoping to try plant dying before the summer is over and just focus on 1-3 colors. Maybe the kits could contain half colored and half plain beads. What do you think - would this kit be better with colored beads, plain beads or both? I wanted to keep this item simple as everything else I make is so time consuming and detail oriented, but then maybe that's just my style. What do you do with your project scraps?