Thursday, September 16, 2010

I Give a Hoot About Old Sweaters!

Here is my newest little creation:

He started life as a wool sweater that I found at my local Goodwill Shop Thrift Shop.  If you have ever accidently washed a wool sweater in hot water, you've probably made felt! Once a sweater has been felted, it won't unravel if you cut it, and it has this incredible strength (after all, it IS hair).  For best results try to find a fabric that is 70% natural animal hair. I say "animal hair" because you can felt cashmere, angora, and alpaca as well.  One thing, however, don't put in more than one sweater at a time unless they are like colors or weave.  The fuzz transfer is unbearable!

I have only just begun experimenting with this fun recycled fabric. You can make so many neat things with it including slippers, toys, pillows, coats for children, the options are really endless!

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