This is one of the coolest places in Portland. For those who don't know, Portland, OR is a major believer in recycling. They recycle tires, glass, plastic, paper and green waste. In the spirit of recycling, there is SCRAP which has a crafting emphasis. They offer fabric, stuff for mixed media artwork, paper and even a boutique of objects made by clients from all their offerings. I wrote about this terrific find a few entries back. Muff, who does not love driving in the city agreed to take me back there and I came away with another collection of hand overdyed paper because I used up the last bunch. You know the kind of overdying which looks like an oil slick? Yeah, that, I had to have more. This time I brought my camera so you could see some of the posibilities.
A variety of fabric gets donated. Some is recycled, some is new. I found great pieces to add to Ellie's wedding quilt the first time I went. This time I got some unworked stamped linen and filigree lace with cupids on it. It was tacky but necessary. If you are on the prowl for a variety of textures, this is a great resource and there is no end of stuff that is incredibly ugly but cheap.
They also collect cork. Oregonians are wine drinkers and so corks can be found a plenty. What do you do with those things? I have no idea. Muff tells me that I could make a corkboard, or a frame or use them as a stamp. Well those ideas arn't bad but how would I explain that to the Bishop? But they look great in a photo
Old magazines and books are there. Every copy of "O" magazine. Sometimes old craft books are good cutters. Patterns and vintage cards or new ones for that matter, puzzle pieces and on and on. The place is carefully organized.
My plan is to take my July study group to this place and let them rummage. Speaking of this event, Sally Lampi will be with us for those three days. I can not tell you how glad I am about that.
You may have such a place as SCRAP in your neck of the woods. Actually I have pretty much all the stuff in my house.
I know. I am a hopeless gatherer.