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Monday, October 15, 2012

Wool Week

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Yes its Wool Week and I am passionate about wool. 

I thought I would share a quick tutorial on a really cute way to jazz up your wool sweaters that you have in your cupboard or like me you got from the Op Shop.

 First you need a wool sweater....



and some felting supplies... 

-Wool roving, 
-foam block for felting onto, 
-needle felting needle and holder (if you have one, you    don't need it but it does hold a few needles at once so it  makes the process a bit quicker), 
-any cookie cutter shape you like.



 Step One.  Put on your sweater and mark with pins where the bend in the elbow is....


Step Two.  Insert the foam block inside the sleeve so you have something soft to push the needle into and place cookie cutter over the elbow where you have marked with the pins....


Step Three.  Place pins all around the outside edge of the cookie cutter to help hold it in place whilst you are felting....


 Step Four.  Take some roving and a sharp needle felting needle and begin pushing the roving onto the sweater with the needle felting needle.  

BE CAREFUL, THAT NEEDLE IS SHARP!



I have a holder which holds  5 needles at the same time so I used that to start me off,  you just need it to get the roving 'stuck' to your sweater, its not essential.  You can work with one needle and get the same effect it just takes a little longer....


Keep going until you have filled in your shape and have good coverage....


Step Five.  Remove the cookie cutter and neaten up any wonky or thin edges. Just use a single needle to do this, you have more control of the effect....

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My sweater was particularly  thin on one elbow.  I had to reinforce it with some grey roving after I had made my yellow heart because it was starting to get a hole at the top of the heart. 
There are endless possibilities as to what you can do and wool is very forgiving....


See you cant even see a difference!  

Finally give your new sweater a good block with steam, you can just hold your iron a few centimeters away from the wool to do this.  It plumps up all the wool and hides all the needle felting marks.

This is my go-to Yoga sweater now, I love the sunny hearts on my elbows.  Its changed the whole sweater from boring..... to WOW!!!






Looks like I am not the only one inspired by Wool Week....





17 comments:

  1. There are just too many crafts to try!! Ever since I saw you do this on instagram I've wanted to buy needle felting stuff! Next winter perhaps... It truly did turn out just gorgeous :)

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  2. This is FABULOUS, Jenni! What a fun, clever way to funky up a sweater. I do believe it's time to reassess my wardrobe now.

    And LOL at that last photo. I <3 it!

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  3. You are wools best cheerleader in my world! Happy hearts!

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  4. Jen - you look FABULOUS in that sweater. I feel all full of grin now, and wish I had that swanky line to MY little self.

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  5. What a marvelous idea and way to perk up a cardigan for the grandchildren! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. what a great way to perk up a cardigan for the grandchildren! Thanks for the step-by-step demo. :)

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  7. WOW indeed! Well done, Missus, that looks incredible. I love the Knitting Stormtrooper too!lol Hope you're all well. x

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  8. You're wearing your heart on your sleeve.:) This is such a wonderful clever idea!!! That lego guy knitting is hilarious!!

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  9. That is FUN! That kind of needle felting I could get into. The kind that Kristen tried having me do..... so sad. My bunny that looked like a hippo.....

    That last photo is a hoot.

    I like your 'swagger' pose. Hip cocked with attitude. :D

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  10. Hi Jenni, this is such a sweet project! I love the yellow hearts and the storm trooper that's knitting. (I hope it's a storm trooper, I need to get my lego Star Wars facts right or my boys will be horrified!)
    xo

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  11. I love your new sweater Jenni. The demo of felting was so interesting. Very nifty multiple needle holder too!

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  12. Pins to hold the cookie cutter! That's so simple it is genius! Love to see The Force being used for creativity!!!

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  13. Fantastic idea! What a great way to kick off wool week! Like you say, it makes the sweater go from ordinary to 'wow'!

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  14. Definitely "Wow" and you wear it so well!

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  15. I love your blog! And I love this project!

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    1. Thank you Julia it is a fun thing to do :-)

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