Sunday, November 25, 2012

a sweater transformation...

this all started with a lovely pair of knitted leg warmers i saw on Facebook. Lyn suggested making them from the sleeves of an old sweater which i had in my stash. it was purchased long ago from the thrift store and felted. each sleeve was long enough to make a leg warmer and a wrist warmer. i crocheted edges with some yarn that belonged to my grandmother. the body of the sweater was big enough, with some patching, to cover one of those inexpensive cardboard buckets that are sold in the craft stores. i lined it with some of my hand dyed silk and even make a plush inner base by adding some batting under the silk cloth. another bucket for some much needed organization around here.

click on the images for close-ups.


sweater bucket, wrist warmers and leg warmers

wrist warmers crocheted on upper edge and leg warmers crocheted on both edges

leg warmers


hand dyed silk base and lining...some dyed velvet peeking out from the open collar

AND A BLOG GIVEAWAY....
a friend shared this DVD with me. some of you might know about it. it came out in 2011 and is quite interesting. i've seen lots of the quilts in person, that are talked about here, at the Houston quilt show in 2009. you can read more about this DVD here. i have watched it and thought i'd pass it on to you.
if you leave a comment, you will be included in the drawing. if you'd rather not be included, just say so in your comment. i know some of you might have already seen it.
i'll do the drawing early Thursday morning, November 29th.




have a great week and thanks for stopping by.


20 comments:

montse llamas-artsandcats said...

This transformation is awesome! This is what I call reuse something... I have a bag full of old sweaters that I want to transformed too, but the time is so short...
Well, and about the DVD, I didn't know about it at all. i'd love to see it.
Thanks, Deanna.

Rachel said...

That sweater went a long way!

saskia said...

I just love the sweater transformation, especially with the crocheted edges: it has given me ideas.....

Els said...

Hey, góód to re-use things like that !
Do you have a felting needle ? You might add some flowers or swirls ... it's fun to play with wool ! (put some plastic foam in between .... ánd mind your fingers !)
Have a good week Deanna

Jeannie said...

I love the bucket idea! I have a ton of thrifted and felted sweaters just waiting for inspiration, thanks! No need to put my name in the drawing, as I have a copy of the dvd. I really enjoyed it. Wishing you a lovely week.

karen said...

Oh Deanna!! What a transformation of the sweater!! You are a genius.....

Jacky said...

You have such an imagination Deanna... upcycling at it's best!!!

Would love to see the DVD, so please put me in your draw.

I am wondering now if I should send those jumpers to the op. shop just yet!!!

Jacky xox

blandina said...

Deanna, you are the 'Queen of Recycling'! I do love the bucket, you are right, there are never enough of them around us.

neki desu said...

you clever girl!! i may try the leg warmers myself. thanks for the inspiration!

Peggy said...

These are so great, Deanna! I love each and every thing -- the warmers, soft and lovely with the trim you made -- and the bucket is so wonderful I can hardly contain myself. I love it the best and will keep your idea in mind for the future. Include me in the drawing for the DVD, I haven't seen it. Thanks for all the ideas. xo

Nancy said...

Deanna~ That bucket is so adorable! You got use out of every inch of the sweater :) Excellent!

liniecat said...

That was a great re-use Deanna!
Oddly enuf I bought a set of paper mache tubs at car boot a week or two back with the intention of covering them with felted woollens. We must be sharing vibes!!

Nat Palaskas said...

Love it the transformation of the sweater. I will be looking out for a sweater to make something for my DGC for the winter. Thanks for the cool idea...

alsokaizen said...

I love the leg warmers! I may need to make some of those:)
And that bucket is giving me ideas... I'm still thinking about transforming my inventory.

Deb G said...

Love those! Love that they are made from something that could be considered "waste."

deb said...

Love the bucket! Haven't seen the DVD. Also loved the link to the thread bowl in your last post.

montse llamas-artsandcats said...

I visited the link you send me and it made me remember my old garment, made of repurposed sweaters... http://montsellamas.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/sewing-with-flowers.html
Thanks!
x

deemallon said...

the bucket is such a great idea!!

handstories said...

great repurposing! especially love the button going up the side of the bucket. i always struggle w/lining things- your silk and wool are wonderful together. & your shawl turned out beautiful!

Anita said...

Great way to re-cycle a sweater,you've made a lovely bucket Deanna!
Congratulations to the winner!

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