Jumping Roses - Sharon Chenausky

I have long been a thrift shopper with a special affinity for textiles. Finding those with vibrant colors or unusual textures starts the wheels turning as to what they might become. The process of taking the discarded articles and creating something brand new brings me joy.

Over the past few years my gnomes have gotten the most notice. The bodies are crafted from denim, the hats are repurposed sweaters. Noses are formed of clay. All are stitched together to create friendly decorative gnomes. Other decorative items like pillows and pumpkins are also created with the same materials. In my effort to use every scrap, small items like ornaments, key fobs and magnets are crafted from smaller pieces. Bringing it full circle, scraps from these projects are used as stuffing in the gnomes.

Recently I have begun to experiment with natural dyes and Sashiko mending. These ancient, slow, and deliberate fabric transformations are taking my repurposing projects to a whole new level. I am excited to keep learning and making new things.

For more examples of my work and where you can purchase it, please visit my artisan space.