Saturday, January 24, 2009

Wild About Wool !!!

Wool! I have had this passion to work with wool for the past couple of years. I visit my local quilt shops and pick up pieces here and there for my stash, but that gets very expensive. So I learned to visit thrift shops for wool garments that are reasonable priced. I look at the tags for 100% wool before I buy it. When I have purchased a few garments, I throw them in the washing machine to felt them. Felting prepares the fabric for projects such as wool applique (see my photos below) or rug hooking. I have done many applique projects during the past year and some are pictured below. I love folk art and needed some autumn colored projects for a September fair that I was scheduled to participate in. This is one of my whimsical folk art creations.I purchased this Thimbleberries medley from the Keepsake Quilting Medley of the Month Club. I managed to scrape up some small pieces of wool to match the fabric colors. This is what I came up with.
I collect everything from buttons to doilies to old frames to wool to threads to junk. This framed autumn picture included some of my collections . . . a yard sale frame, an old doily and bits and pieces of wool.

This small wall hanging is made with Thimbleberries fabrics and bits and pieces of wool. I concentrated on the details for this project by embroidering flowers in the window box and a bush next to the chimney. If you click on the image you may be able to see the detail close up.

This is a sheep sporting a penny rug blanket on it's back. I inserted the finished piece in an old cast iron mini skillet that I purchased at a local antique shop. I love using old junk for my art pieces. It's unique and unexpected.

This is a seasons wall hanging that I created with Thimbleberries fabrics and wool scraps. The layout was inspired by a book called "Seasons Stitchin's" by Paula Stoddard. I bought the book, however, I did not use her pattern.....just the idea. There are several cute patterns in the book that I am anxious to produce. I also made the sign that the quilt hangs from. I am selling it as a 3-piece set. When I came across this quote I thought it was appropriate for the quilt. The set was displayed to sell at the Rockingham Craftsmen Fair held last Nov. 1st. It didn't sell there, so I had it for sale at my eighth annual "A Homespun Christmas" open house in December and it did not sell. I may consider listing it on eBay at some point. I'm not sure I really want to part with it though.

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