For some years now I have been making mittens, scarves and headbands from recycled sweaters. Using beautiful discarded sweaters and scarves fits in to my goal to buy only second hand or hand made clothing. I decided to try to incorporate pieces of these sweaters into my hooking, further extending the use of repurposed fibre. As you can see from the photo below, I sewed sweater rectangles on the linen backing before hooking. I love the rich colours of the cashmere as well as the random stripes.
Here are my thoughts at the half-way point. I think I might double the sweater pieces next time or add a gentle padding underneath to bring them up to the same height as the hooking. I’d also like to experiment with stitching/embellishing the sweater patches in contrasting colours. I may still add some green sweater pieces for the trees–and break away a bit from the geometric shapes.
I’ll keep working away at this and post again at the end of the weekend so I hope you will check back. It’s a perfect thing to work on these cold dark January days. Colour and texture always cheer me up.
Lovely that different texture in patches and hooked bits !
Thanks you Els! I’m thinking of stitching or embroidering on the sweater pieces to give them more texture. This piece is the first of a series.
Saw this on Instagram and loved it. Will have to try it. I use sweaters too, but I cut them up and hook them as strips. Cashmere is best!
Thanks for checking out the blog. I’d love to see what you do with the sweater patches. Let me know! As I said in the post, you might want to double the sweaters so that they are flush with the hooking. The way I have done it, the are a little lower than the hooking.
I always like reading your blog. Your blog inspires me to get out there and try something new.