Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hand/ Arm Warmers - Fingerless Gloves

I have a bunch of wool sweaters that I have been chopping up and making groovy stuff with. I really dig fingerless gloves, and this is my first pair. I used 2 merino sweaters, (one light blue, the other peacock blue) that I felted by washing them in hot, and then dried in the dyer.

The darker sweater had these funky cuffs with covered buttons. I chopped about 8" off of the light sweater, and chopped the whole cuff, about 9" off the other. Then removed the buttons.

I turned the light blue sweater inside out and then machine sewed a line from the top down about 3" in, and about an inch from the edge, for the thumb. I hand embroidered these pieces before wrapping the cuff around them, and hand stitching with a cross stitch. I then added 3 of the buttons.

This instruction idea can be used with many sweater pieces. For sizing wrap a rectangular piece of sweater around your arm to see how wide and long it needs to be. Try several types of textures, and more than one or two colors. This is freestyle sewing, there really isn't a pattern, you gotta just go with it!

These are in my store.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Felting is JUICY!

Felting is such a wonderful craft. I remember when I first discovered it. I was soo excited! Watching those wool fibers mesh into one another was amazing. I have since taught myself to "wet" felt flowers as well.

This is an orchid that I needle felted with white and fuschia wool roving, it has some embroidery and bead detail. This lotus is needle felted as well, I added a chunky turquoise bead to the center, and added a pin to the back.

AVAOriginal has this gorgeous poppy neck piece on her etsy page. It looks like it is wet felted.

At TianaCHE's etsy page you will find amazing wet felted scarves

Check out this basic needle felting tutorial over at the craftlog.