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« on: March 09, 2011 08:45:04 PM »

At this time of year in my part of the world, we spend about two months hanging on the cusp of winter/spring.  I try to appreciate winter for what it is, and not pine for spring too much...so I thought I'd make a piece which honors both winter (it's made of wool) and spring (birds and trees!). 




I'm also trying to use up a quantity of wool sweaters I've bought at thrift sales over the years and felted in the washer at home for projects....so I cut and sewed some slippers out of one sweater, and I decorated them with free-hand needle felting. 


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It's a little bird flying ...




to a branch with some green leaves. 




happy feet!   

Unfortunately, I have so many slippers that I can't keep these - I'll have to give them away. 

I think I want to do some more felting/beeding/embroidering around the raw edges. 

Any suggestions?  I'd love to hear them. 



Thanks for looking!
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aisy
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2011 08:54:33 PM »

lovely
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nikolelily
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2011 09:45:22 PM »

These are such a snazzy idea- i would have never thought to use wool sweaters to make felted pieces! way to recon!
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2011 09:48:19 PM »

How about blanket stitching the raw edges in blue or green?
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2011 11:10:47 PM »

What a lovely idea, both the reusing old wool sweaters and honoring the seasons for what they are (and believe me, I live in a place where the tail end of winter *lingers* so I know how hard that honoring part can be!)!  I think they're very nice the way they are, but if you want to jazz them up, I agree with the post above about stitching some colored thread around the edges or maybe you could do some beaded embroidery to highlight the designs on the fronts.  I'd stay away from beading anywhere near the edges though, because the wear and tear would probably destroy the beading.

Great job!  Makes me wish I wasn't allergic to wool!
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2011 02:30:40 AM »

Nice work!  I like how you put different but related designs on each slipper.  They look so warm!
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2011 08:37:26 AM »

Thanks for the kind words and input, everyone Smiley 

Felting old sweaters is way faster than knitting - and sometimes you get cool patterns, buttons, pockets or other features that were part of the sweater. 

I think I will do some blanket stitching, as you all suggest, and maybe even a couple little seed beads on the bird and tree. 

Now to find someone with the same size feet as me who is in need of slippers....
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