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« on: February 05, 2010 08:09:56 PM »

I love to buy old wool sweaters to felt since I have no patience for needlefelting.

I mostly make hats and bags. I have so many small scraps that I had been saving for a few years.  Inspired by some of the projects in the book "Warm Fuzzies" by Betz White, I made a few pins.  They were easy and quick and a good use of scraps.

I added my feeble attempt at embroidery to the original design and also backed each leaf with suede cloth.  The felted acorns are from www.notsoshabbychic.etsy.com.


 
I was playing around with a circle of felt and decided to try a yo-yo. It is pretty thick made of felted sweater, but it turned out ok for a first try! Felt ball from the same place as the acorns.



Thank you--just wanted to show what can be done with recycled sweater scraps! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2010 09:01:07 PM »

Really cute !!
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2010 10:58:04 PM »

Wow! Those are great! I like them both, but would probably wear the green one.
I've never tried anything with felting, or sweater recycling. Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2010 06:12:41 AM »

I love all things that have to do with autum, so I adore your first pin. I too am too lazy to needle felt, but hadn't thought about buying old sweaters to use! Very smart!
Your embroidery is very good too!
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2010 08:08:31 AM »

Very pretty! What a great use for old jumpers.
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2010 09:46:49 AM »

I love all things that have to do with autum, so I adore your first pin. I too am too lazy to needle felt, but hadn't thought about buying old sweaters to use! Very smart!
Your embroidery is very good too!

aww--thanks!  Make sure you use wool sweaters...they can be felted easily in the washer. I made a few more that I like better but I can't post them yet since they went to my swap partner!
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2010 06:27:40 PM »

Oooo.  I like your leaves, too.  I think I should try this type of felting, to get my feet in the water for felting.
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2010 06:30:44 PM »

pinokeeo--I learned about this in the felting section! All sorts of tips are over there--one small warning...for some reason, when you wash some wool sweaters in the washer, the smell is quite...uh, stinky!! Like a wet dog or something...so I add a capful of baking soda when I do it! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2010 07:54:16 PM »

uh, has anyone told you recently just how cute these are?!
Simply adorable...
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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2010 08:33:17 AM »

Why thank you!

I always am inspired to try to use up materials that might be headed to the trash!

These are quick and easy projects that I can use to make gifts for any time of the year...a friend has asked that I make her some to just lay on her table...how simple is that?

Thanks again--and may you also be inspired to make quick and easy projects!
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