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Earth Day

So here we are my Earth Day slippers. I did not end up using the tie, it was not the look I wanted but I do think that the bias binding idea from old ties is a very workable option. I will work on it at a later date.
For now though I am working on some small eco friendly change purses. I am using small scraps of handmade, hand dyed fabrics using the string quilting process. I think they have turned out really well, I love the more muted tones. I believe this is from using plants such as madder,indigo and marigold. No matter which fabrics I put together they all look lovely. Such is the way of nature….I really must pay more attention to her !
Still cool and blustery here but I have at last managed to get my laundry to dry outside on the washing line, how I love that smell when I bring it in to the house nothing beats it for me.

Earth Day Challenge Update

Here is the project I am working on for this Earth Day Challenge, so far so good but I am not sure about the tie! I read an article in the latest Threads Magazine about using old ties for bias binding. I found this lovely greenish one at the local thrift shop. ( See in the previous post pics) I noticed it is made of silk so I am not sure how I will incorporate it into my design ….I am thinking over the exposed seams. Hope you are able to make something too.

Recycled Felted Wool Sweater Slippers

Upcycled Bag

Today I feel as if I have had better success with making a wool sweater into a bag. My previous attempt was not that great. Yes the bag can be used for carrying my knitting project but that’s about all its good for.
For this project I chose a men’s extra large oatmeal coloured 100% wool sweater. I washed the heck out of it twice in hot soapy water and it felted nicely. I then cut it out and stitched it up using the same procedure as before. See link to Clasheen. I then used some leftover wool yarn to blanket stitch the edges and embroidered a few flowers. However I did make one change to the design I added pockets on the outside using the sleeves of the sweater.

Thrift Store Finds

January 27th 2010

The early morning temperature was at -1 to-day good scootering weather. I have to wrap up warmly, oh ! the joys of knitted sweaters (pullovers/woolies for all you Europeans!)

To-day on my way home from work I decided to check out the local thrift shop. I like to keep my shopping local if I can, the money raised from this store goes to the local hospital. I found two wool skirts and one wool jacket. I have a few ideas in mind for them along the lines of upcycled bag from the jacket and may be use the skirts for cutting into stripes for a rug hooking project. My mind is full of ideas …its just making time to fit them all in 🙂

I have a great story about a sweater I found in a thrift shop before Christmas but I’ll save that for another day and that will give me time to take some photographs.

March 17th 2010

So here is the update with a picture perfect for St Patricks Day
this was my great find it had to come home with me it looks handmade.

It took me a while to update this…my apologies..but at least I did get on and update you peeps 🙂

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THREADBORNE

Fibre Art, Eco Printing, Natural Dyeing, Book Arts

The Procrastinator Dyer's Diary

A Journal of Observations

rosiepink

Adventures with Felting, Dyeing, Knitting and other stuff

The Creative's Tribulations

From the perspective of a frustrated creative.

Adventures with Felting, Dyeing, Knitting and other stuff

KDD & co

Award-winning Scottish publishing and design

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Adventures with Felting, Dyeing, Knitting and other stuff

Attic24

Adventures with Felting, Dyeing, Knitting and other stuff

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Uniting the world wide felt community

feltingandfiberstudio

An international collective of felt and fiber artists

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Just another WordPress.com site