Plastic and the sea.
Plastic and the sea.
Is it me or is plastic the hot environmental topic of the year? Not before time!
First of all it was plastic beads – I’ve mentioned that in a previous blog. I also mentioned “paper” cups in the context of plastic swapping – these less than innocent products and containly a plastic layer between the paper! I stopped getting take outs, even changing coffee shop when they were having a crockery crisis one day but have to confess to have one emergency take-out coffee… baby steps…
Next we had the cauliflower steak embarrassment, not to mention coconuts – we don’t need half as much plastic wrapping – in fact I’m fed up of seeing windows on food boxes – I don’t need them.
And then the news swiftly moved on (as it does) to tea bags – are no beverages safe!? – I tried to buy loose tea but even that had plastic inside the box!!
I heard an interesting news article about what the supermarkets are doing to get rid of plastic packaging – this seems to be the web article to go with it. Can’t they do more??
So, how about this website for
a few, well 100 actually, ideas for avoiding plastic? How many do you do? How many can you do?! I might just write a list with a fountain pen…
Our craft group recently had a very popular session making bags/purses with traditional clasp tops. Several people enjoyed it so much, they kept making them and still are. My version was a slight twist on the pattern as ususal I like to add my own twist…
In my stash I had a piece of furnishing fabric picked up from one of my crafty friends – they had a stash sort out and I couldn’t pass it by! This project suited it well, its a little bit glam and has a bold pattern; I took the motif as a basis for the shape of the bag.
Now, I just need the occasion….
Since Christmas I’ve been working on a new weaving project. Its been my most ambitious weaving yet but really enjoyable. It combines my ambitions for crafts and recycling.
For the warp I used some lovely linen yarn; its strong and makes bold lines though the weaving. For the weft, I upcycled a load of old t-shirts from my stash and cut them into long strips.
I started without knowing what the colour theme would be but looking at the colours the blues, greens and greys stood out. They reminded me of the colours of the sea in moody light and the bright orange and whites were like highlights on the waves of white horses and the reflected sunset. So the theme was born – a seascape.
I love the mix of colours, textures and patterns. Some of the t-shirts were printed – these patterns sometimes show though as different colours, sometimes are hidden and the background colour is seen. The weft is woven with random lengths like the changes of light on the sea.
And so, for the ta-dah moment, a fabulous rug…
I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions – no resolution, no failure – but I’ve been thinking more and more about plastic and our mis-use of it, especially single use plastic. So, this year, I’m going to see what I can do about my use of plastic, how I use it and how I can reduce that use. I’m going to try and learn a bit more plastic and how its used and ask organisations about their use.
I’ve seen some of the BBC Inside the Factory programmes, they are fascinating insights into the manufacture of food but I can’t believe how much plastic is used to make the food and then package it: in tea bags; to transport ingredients around a factory; to package the product and then to hold packages together. This is all single use plastic and just seems so excessive. Do we really need windows in boxes? Do we need plastic within boxes? Always?
First I’m going to look at what single use plastic I use…
Unbelievably, I’ve finished my quilt. I’m so, pleased. Many moons ago I read an article about making a quilt in a weekend. Ha! I can do that I thought. I can do a random pattern of stripes, use up all (ha) my scraps, make it look like a sea and do wavy free form quilting.
Well, it kind of meets that expectation except, most definitely the weekend bit! I know its been a while because the photographic evidence goes back 18 months and they weren’t taken when I started. I feels like four years but lets just settle for somewhere in the middle.
Anyway, here it is…
Raw edges and stitching in progress.
Work in progress, detail of strips, up-cycled fabrics including the odd remaining button…
And the finished item folded…
Rear view, made in giant log cabin pattern…
And the right side…
Phew! All done and very satisfying. Light weight and perfect for a spring/autumn boost.
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