Posts filed under ‘Recycled cashmere sweaters’
Last night I finished another denim jacket. I “re-purpose” these denim jackets and vests. They are wonderfully inexpensive purchases from thrift stores. Then I needle felt designs on the back yoke, collar points and usually the front yoke of the jacket. This time I used some of the wool from a felted violet cashmere sweater to punch out the little violets on the right shoulder. Then I beaded the center parts of the violets with tiny white beads.
You can see the green vines clearly in this picture. These were punched out of a felted wool men’s necktie. It was thin enough to use my Sizzix Original and one of the dies to cut out a beautiful vine. Then I needle felted the vine to the yoke of the denim jacket.
All of the flowers (except the violets) are needle felted with Merino roving. I cut the patterns out of a stiff plastic sheet that can be found at any craft store. I use these patterns for my guides and needle felt around the edges of the pattern filling in the center with various Merino wool roving that I have hand-carded to blend the colors.
You can’t really see it from this picture, but the large butterfly in the center is embellished with beads around the outline of the butterfly.
On the front of the jacket I did repeat the vines using the felted wool pieces from the man’s tie. I really enjoy re-purposing and “upcycling” the wool that I find cast-off in thrift stores and Goodwill. It saddens me that we are such a disposable society. At least I can upcycle these lovely items and sell them!! YIPPEE!!
My next project will be ladybugs on another denim jacket. The project after that will be roses of different colors on another denim jacket. Do you think I’ll ever get one made for myself? LOL?? Probably NOT! So between the needle felting, knitting and working my “REAL” job…..I hope to nuno felt again.!
- Projects ” Creations ” Needle Felted Coasters (cutoutandkeep.net)
- Projects ” How-To’s ” Felted Bird & Nest (cutoutandkeep.net)
First I selected the navy blue sweater and cut out my pattern.
Then I selected the orange, yellow and green sweaters for the sunflower petals and the leaves.
Once the 100% wool sweaters were felted in hot water (see my website for instructions http://www.woolfeltshop.com) , dried and all the sleeves were removed, I set to work creating a sunflower petal and leaf pattern.
I decided to zigzag stitch the edges of the petals and leaves to give them a curly effect.
I did the same for the leaves, but I used wool roving under the zigzag stitch to define the veins on each leaf. (Apologizes for the glare in the pic.)
I used some scrap felted wool from a very thin sweater to make the center of the sunflower. Since it needed some texture, I added the cross hatch stitching with my sewing machine and then put the French knots in the center of each hatch crossing.
I cut out the shape of the tea cozy and dug through the stash to find an appropriate fabric lining. I cut that out according to the pattern and stitched it up so it could be inserted into the cozy. See it even has little teeny sunflowers in the pattern of the fabric!
Then I sewed the blue cozy pieces together, right sides facing, and inserted a little ribbon loop at the top so it can be hung. I turned the woolen cozy right side out and hand stitched each petal, leaf and the flower center to the front of the cozy.
Next I had to insert the lining into the woolen cozy (wrong sides facing) and I stitched them together by hand all along the seam line that connects the wool front and back. Once the lining was secure, I hemmed the lining to the woolen cozy with a straight stitch on my sewing machine.
Voila! Easy sunflower tea cozy!
To purchase this pattern go to www.woolfeltshop.com
I just had to share the picture of a very happy niece, Miss A with her new soft, purple bunny! This was so much fun to make! I know they’ll both sleep in each others’ arms tonight ;O)
On July 5th, my 3 yr old niece put her arm around my neck and asked me to make her a “soft” purple bunny. My heart melted and I said “Yes” without even thinking that I didn’t have a pattern! I had felted a purple cashmere V-neck sweater earlier this year, so I knew I had one to use.
After searching the internet, I found a wonderful site, Craftbits. There I found a free pattern for the “Signature Easter Bunny“. I enlarged it, cut out the cashmere bunny parts and began to sew. Last night I embellished the bunny by adding the eyes, nose, mouth and fingers. Then I decided to add a little “love note” to the bunny’s feet. He’s going in the mail today!
Here’s the “love note” I put on the bunny’s feet especially for my niece.
And finally, the bunny says “Goodbye” as he heads for the Post Office.
Last night I finished the crochet needle/double point knitting needle case I’ve been making for a dear friend. I used a 100% wool sweater vest and after felting it, needle felted the little “blue bird of happiness” on the front. Then I steamed it thoroughly and sewed the lining into it. Finally, I added the little button on the front so that it can be closed securely. I think it looks like a little book! I’ll be making more of these and selling them on my website, http://www.woolfeltshop.com.
See how the needles are secured at the top by the “hood” that is sewn on the sides. These needles shouldn’t fall out on the floor now that they are nicely tucked into their case!
The pockets from the sweater vest make a perfect little place to tuck in a tape measure or bread bag clips. In Lily Chin’s book, KNITTING TIPS & TRICKS, she tells us how to secure the ends of our yarn at the start of our project so that it’s neatly wound around the bread bag clips.
I have had more fun making these felted wool tea cozies. If you’d like to purchase the pattern, please go to my website: Gathering Wool, I appreciate any and all comments. HAPPY FELTING!
I’ve been working on little felted wool heart pins to give to my family members for Valentine’s Day. The pins were made from felted wool skirts and sweaters. I have beaded some, hand-embroidered each one and they are stuffed with fiberfill. I attached the pin backs that I found at the craft store.
This Pendleton jacket was felted, deconstructed and cut into squares to make a blanket. The two red cashmere sweaters were only a part of the red cashmere sweaters I felted and then cut into squares for the blanket.
This jacket belonged to a friend’s dad. I wanted to make it into a blanket for her – so she would be reminded of her dad’s love. I used the breast pocket from the jacket to put in the blanket as a square. She can use this little pocket for Kleenex or Chapstick.
Many people do not attempt to sew fleece to another fabric. The blanket was backed with green fleece. I used an iron-on fabric binder to join the felted wool side to the fleece material. Once the two sides were secure I used the overlock stitch on my sewing machine to finish the edge of the blanket. You could used a blanket edging satin or other material – but I wanted the felted wool from the Pendleton jacket to be the focus of this blanket.
The felt backing makes the blanket warm and snuggly. I hope she enjoys it!
Over the holidays I had some extra time to use some of the felted wool scraps from recycled wool sweaters. I found a large box in my attic that I had stored years ago. It contained ribbons, doilies (some were crocheted by my Mom – some store bought), and a lot of paints and embellishments. This gave me the opportunity to create something new – scissor cases for embroidery scissors.
I did have one larger doily that I used for my sewing scissors – and that is the only case I have finished embellishing. I still have buttons, satin roses and beautiful beads to attach to the other cases. And I still have five more cut out, assembled and ready to complete.
If you would like to purchase the pattern (for both sizes of scissors), the cost is $5.00 to receive it in PDF format. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive purchase instructions.
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Today I want to share a little project with you. I finished BETZ WHITE’S online class on felting wool projects for the holidays. (http://blog.betzwhite.com/) One of the projects in Betz’s class this holiday season was a little felted, lined wallet-type credit card pouch. I guess these can be used for jewelry cases and coins as well.
I used Betz’s pattern to make these, but I’ve made some in the past with my own pattern. I like the curved top and I took one of her suggestions and learned to needle felt – that’s why there are little felted circles and random patterns on these little pouches. I’m going to make more and these will be Christmas gifts to members of my family!
Hmmm, let’s see…some may have gift cards in them and some may have pearls…..we’ll have to see who’s naughty or nice! LOL!
I really enjoyed making these and using buttons that I have in my “button jars”. Some of these buttons are from garments that I’ve worn out, some are from old coats, and some are extras that came with garments when I bought them. This is a great way to use leftover pieces of cashmere and wool from other projects. THANKS BETZ!!!