“Thrift is the really romantic thing; economy is more romantic than extravagance…thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste…if a man could undertake to make use of all the things in his dustbin, he would be a broader genius than Shakespeare.” G. K. Chesterton
This is the type and colour motor car my daughter drives
I [Karen] follow Richmond [Tigers] and Danny follows Collingwood [Magpies] two teams in the Australian Football League [AFL or Aussie Rules]. Aussie Rules is a fast and spectacular football style compared to many other football codes. Spectacular, in my opinion, due to the speed and aerial leaps by players. However, RUDE is not an avid supporter of any type of football and can take or leave watching the games.
I do however like to watch the entertainment at the AFL Grand Final. Lionel Ritchie did a great performance and had me dancing on the ceiling. But Meatloaf was ever after known, as low-grade minced meat after his performance [not worth posting here but you can watch it on Youtube]. I still do not know why the AFL uses overseas entertainers when there is such great talent in Australia. This year Tom Jones the Welsh entertainer will be belting out a tune or three for the AFL Grand Final footy crowd.
RUDE’s daughter is a keen Saints’ [St Kilda] team supporter. The St Kilda Football Team is in the AFL. It’s team colours are red, white and black. Therefore I want to make her a Scavenger Saint throw rug in these team colours. I have sourced woollen garments from landfill in these colours over the past year. The wool has been fulled and has been cut up into 61/2 inch squares. I have commenced the process of joining the squares together with a running stitch. The MCC initials on the grey/black patch stand for the Melbourne Cricket Club. This wool fabric patch came from a bomber jacket in the free bin of a local charity shop. The backing fabric is from a black QS bedsheet made of cotton and sourced from the point of landfill. It appears as new. I will bind the two pieces together with strips of this sheeting fabric.
It’s a patchwork craft project in progress with the aim of getting it finished for Christmas. I gather my daughter may not need to keep her legs warm at football games now, however when she’s much older she may welcome the warm sentiment. She has a red coloured motor car and may even choose to keep it there as a picnic rug.
Sass Brown’s book Refashioned is divine inspiration.
REcycling of fabric often involves dangerous materials such as heavy metals. And because rayon is much harder to REcycle than cotton, the REcycling doesn’t go full circle. A better approach may be to compost the clothes however it appears the dyes are a problem. However in the future valuable nutrients may be added to clothes, which would benefit the soil when we compost garments. Check our more about the REcycling of fabric here.
Rayon fabric if it ends up in landfill takes longer than cotton to decompose. With it also being harder to REcycle, when I came across this discarded rayon shirt below, I knew the best thing was to REuse it. REuse is the best and safest form of REcycling because it uses less new energy and other resources.
This was a challenging REfashion because it was an XL Man’s shirt and I wanted to hack it into a small shirt top for me. The thing to REalise when you start hacking into fabric is that ‘the more the better’. If you don’t cut the right shape at first, there is more fabric to give it another couple of goes. If all goes pear shaped and not as imagined, there is still fabric to REmake into something else. In other words mistakes like magic can transform, if you only open your mind to other creative possibilities.
I [Karen] was an Australian champion marching girl in my teens and now administer a Facebook group Marching Girls with over 700 members. Marching has always been a reasonably affordable sport due to the instructors, judges and chaperones volunteering their time, compared for example, to ballet where its teachers charge a fee. Therefore to my way of thinking it’s a frugal team sport but only to a point. These days marching has evolved into drilldance which requires more financial commitment in the way of uniforms and costumes. However, that’s not to say these cannot be REcycled and upcycled to keep costs down.
Yesterday RUDE went to the Wattle Festival in Hurstbridge, Melbourne, Australia. It’s an annual event that draws a crowd to its town. We decided to go to support a group of women and their children who march for fun, fitness and competition. Some of these women are members of my Marching Girl Facebook group. It is very satisfying for me to meet members of my Facebook groups. The previous day I had met up with a couple of members from my Melton Bowerbirds Facebook group.
As with everything RUDE does it REvolves around frugality. A few days prior to this Festival we decided to get into the spirit and wear the green and gold colours of the wattle flower our national floral emblem. Basically everything we were going to wear was scavenged secondhand for free or a couple of dollars [view 1st video].
Then the day arrived and true to our frugal mission we made our morning tea and lunch to take. Two thermos flasks of hot water for our cups of tea, home-baked cake and boiled egg rolls. We set out on our trek and stopped along the way to have our morning tea under a tree on the roadside.
Some of the people we were meeting up with know that we REpair and REcycle for causes and generously gave us two microwaves, a computer and some beautiful prints in frames. It is great when people embrace what RUDE promotes, and share the joy of REuse without any financial transaction.
We travelled a two (2) hour round trip to take some video footage and support marching girls. Danny came along to support me, and say hello to the festival’s steam train drivers whom he knows. And whilst there I just could not REsist REliving my marching days and joining in the fun of the serpentine march [view 2nd and 3rd videos].
Check out the three (3) videos below for a glimpse of our frugal antics.