Sunday, December 17, 2006

From Trash to Treasure


I made this little coat for Julia and she wore it for at least two winters. It was thick and cosy - knit of a strand of mohair and wool in seed stitch. This summer I felted it and it lay in my big bag of felted sweaters. We're always looking for mittens so I decided to try an experiment.

I traced around one of Julia's mittens and added a little extra for ease since the felt was so thick. I cut four pieces of felt, using the bottom rolled edge as the edge for the mitten. I decorated two pieces with flowers and a little border using Paternayan Persian and a single strand. Then I sewed them all together with blanket stitch.


I have been trying to get Julia to put them on but she says they are a little tight. If she refuses, I'll use them for a decoration on the tree. I really like the way they came out. It might be back to knitting some mittens for her - she has become quite the mitten snob. Whose fault is that?

10 comments:

Heather said...

What a great idea - these are so cute. After the holidays, perhaps I'll finally take on some stitchery (thusfar I've been just a knitter...).

laurie said...

I love these!

Heather said...

Beautiful mittens. My daughter is asking for a pair of hot pink mittens. I think this may be the way to do it! Two of my other daughters have begun learning embroidery stitches and enjoyed making needle cases for themselves with french knot, chain stitch and straight stitch embellishments. Thanks for the inspiration. It's been wonderful watching them grow in their creativity.

HeyJude said...

How gorgeous are they? So cute!

Kim said...

So cute! You always have the sweetest ideas!

futuregirl said...

They *are* adorable!

Anonymous said...

Yet another wonderful idea! I want a pair!

Sara in WI said...

What fun! Your creativity overfloweth once more!

Joanne said...

Oh, I've tried this very same thing! However, my husband was the intended recipient (the man has huge hands, and his mittens are wearing out) and it failed. Well, I mean, I made the felted mittens, but they are just too thick and clunky. They don't fit in his coat pockets and he says they are too warm for our weather here. Next time, I'll just have to felt a finer gauge sweater?! (heaven forbid knitting mittens that big again. It's a real drag.)

Dandy said...

what a cute idea!! the mitts are adorable!