Monday, September 26, 2011

Old blue jean inspiration . . . . and a Give-away!

I have been inspired by the idea of recycling denim jeans for many years.  When I was weaving full time I trimmed out mountains of blue jeans and cut miles of denim strips on my rotary cutter.  I have not woven many denim items in the last couple of years.

But this summer I was inspired to get out the bottomless box of denim pieces and my rotary cutter.  I spent an afternoon or two in the screen porch cutting strips.  Dusty job!

I have woven a couple of new batches of denim coasters on my four harness table loom.  I love to use this out in the screen porch when the weather cooperates.  The warp I am weaving off now is done in "inspiration threading", an old favorite.  It is a grouped warp threading and lends itself to many variations. I will post photos when I finish them.

These plain weave coasters were completed this summer in the screen porch.  I am still drawn to the texture and variation of color in the way these strips weave up.

These  coasters are being featured  in a giveaway from Michele Paley on her blog, Michele Made Me.  Michele has featured denim projects of her own design and those of various guest artists during the month of September.  It is a wonderfully fun collection of work and sharing !  Please take a look at all these posts - very creative projects and talented craftspeople.  And you might win one of the give-aways!

Visit my Etsy shop to see my denim items now and I will be adding more soon including coasters and runners in the inspiration threading.

I feel at least one more post about denim recycling to come .  .  .  .  .


  1. I love your weaving and this denim stuff is great!!! (so glad to find you thru FiberCrazed team)

  2. Thanks Katie, the denim is a favorite of mine too. Are you a weaver?