Why does today seem so much colder than the past few days? The temperature is about the same. I was outside doing intervals yesterday, and it didn’t feel as cold as today. Maybe it’s the cloudy, rainy weather….it’s the type of day that just feels cold down to the bone!
This day is ideal for a recycled wool sweater blanket! As you can tell, I did not take these photos on a cold, cloudy, rainy day. Actually using the blanket is much more appropriate today! There is just something so cozy about a sweater. Imagine an entire blanket made of soft, warm sweaters….perfect!!
This blanket is made from 100% wool sweaters that have been washed, felted and cut apart. The pieces (sleeves, backs, fronts, details like buttons and pockets) were cut into uniform pieces and I worked on the design. Sometimes it takes several times of laying the pieces out, moving them around and generally playing with where the colors and textures fit to create a harmonious design. I love this part….moving pieces….making sure no two like pieces are next to each other. I photograph the design as it is placed.
Then comes the sewing. I usually sew in blocks or strips, then sew them together, rather like piecing a quilt. Taking care not to stretch the pieces, and pressing with lots of steam, helps to transform the sweaters into a beautiful new creation.
I chose to add a crocheted border to this blanket. It adds to the rustic, casual feel of the piece.
Finally, the completed work! Sweaters with holes, sweaters that had once been loved and were no longer useful, sweaters that were outgrown or just no longer thought to be pretty, are now beautiful again. It’s the perfect day for a sweater blanket!! This one of a kind artwork is available on my Etsy site at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DianeHamillFiberArt