Anyone want to join me in a woollen upcycle challenge?

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Anyone want to join me in a woollen upcycle challenge?

Post by Dunners » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:50 pm

Anyone else want to join me in a challenge to transform plain/tired woollies into something fabulous?

Check out your local Sallies/Op shop, garage sales, or even your own wardrobe, find a tired woollen garment & upcycle it into something fantastic. Ideas I've thought of to help get the cogs turning:
* embellishing a plain item
* unravelling for the wool and knitting up into something else
* cutting up and refashioning into another item - e.g. an adult jersey into kids longies & vest
* felt a woollen item, use that felt to make something e.g. felted flowers, purse, finger puppets, cushion cover, etc

I bought a plain, black, hand knitted vest at the Sallies yesterday for $3. I'm just about to search on Etsy for some ideas to jazz it up a bit.

Anyone keen?
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Post by Darny » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:53 pm

yep, I'm in, how long have we got though? Super busy right now :D
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Post by Gaia » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:54 pm

Great idea
I'd love to join. Have a ton of wollies here waiting to be transformed.
Will see if I can get something done before we go away otherwise I will save it for my July projects.
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Post by Gaia » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:55 pm

oops...double post
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Post by Claire » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:09 pm

Hehe.. Great timing! I just cut out an old woolen jersey of DH's to make a dress for Missy.
Gotta get onto it. Should only take a few minutes to sew with all the original hems \:D/

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Post by Gaia » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:23 pm

Maybe it can be an ongoing project over winter.
No time frame
That would suit me :D
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Post by Nutbar » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:22 pm

:lol: I always feel its so wrong to cut a woolen item (only cause I'd wreck it)...like one of those, oh no! do I, don't I? Eek,where to make the cut?!

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Post by Gaia » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:25 pm

Time to be brave :D

I have always felt it a sin to purposely felt a beautiful jumper
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Post by mumtotwo » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:36 pm

stupid question i know but .....when you cut into a jersey , how do you stop it from fraying / unravelling ? do you have to overlock the edges ?
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Post by Claire » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:37 pm

Claire wrote:Hehe.. Great timing! I just cut out an old woolen jersey of DH's to make a dress for Missy.
Gotta get onto it. Should only take a few minutes to sew with all the original hems \:D/
scrap that
I just made it and it looks absolutely terrible :rotfl:
Oh well the original jersey was covered in holes so it wasn't like I ruined something useful

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Post by mama anne » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:39 pm

Gaia wrote:Maybe it can be an ongoing project over winter.
No time frame
That would suit me :D
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Post by Dunners » Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:46 pm

No deadline at all, just thought it would be inspiring to see what others come up with (when they have the chance).

My Etsy trawling wasn't so successful, so I shall have to be more creative on my own :lol: 8-[
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Post by mumtotwo » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:02 pm

I'd be keen to try if i can get over the fear of cutting into a jumper only to have it fray everywhere ......but I don't have an overlocker - do i need one for this type of thing ?
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Post by Dunners » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:05 pm

An overlocker would certainly make it easier, but not impossible ;) I would just zig-zag the raw edges (like they used to in the old days before domestic overlockers ;)).
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Post by Darny » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:22 pm

If you choose the right kind of jersey it won't fray as much too (like one I've washed which is well felted :oops: ) - some of the machine made ones are more like merino fabric - knit rather than knitted IYKWIM, and they don't unravel so easily so are easier to work with (probably a lot of the womens quite thin jobbies in the op shops would fit the bill)

i'm thinking a lined hoodie or sweatshirt might be a goer if I can find the right jersey - lined because my kids don't like wearing wool unless it's merino fabric.
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