Warm woolley woollens for fall

All right, who am I kidding? I live in Florida: fall is 79 degrees if you’re lucky. But we have been able to discern a little coolness in the air, so I’m excited to be doing some remnant redo’s of old wool sweaters, which seem to be plentiful at yard sales. Northerners come down here to live, and sell off all their cold-weather clothes, cheap!

 

mittens

 

These mittens were formerly the sleeves of a very warm sweater made in Iceland, which I got at a yard sale one sweltering August for $1.  I think they will go in a package to Provo, where we have some Florida-bred children transplanted, who are  in line to see what a snowy winter is really like.

Next is an Irish cableknit sweater which, when felted in the washing machine, shrank up to a very dense wool fabric.

 

parts of cableknit sweater

 

I reworked the pieces into a purse,and  lined it with a gold acetate fabric as you see below.

 

Woolly purse

 

 

Gold lining

 

I must give credit to the book Felt It! Stitch It! Fabulous! by Kathryn Tidwell Bieber, for the wonderful ideas, instructions and pics.

I do love working with felted wool. It feels so different on the hands.  Pauly the cat loved it, too.  She tried to inhale its goodness, and acted like she might swoon. When I took a brief break from hand sewing, she parked herself on the purse and took a magnificent nap.  I fear I’m going to have to hide this purse from the cats. They must know the woollen fabric is from another ANIMAL!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Karen
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 12:04:52

    I absolutely ADORE your remake on the sweater! I’ve done the same, and it just feels so good to do an up-do like that.

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