Tuesday, October 23, 2007





I found time to pull out yarn, wool, and fabric Friday evening when a friend came over to play. She had seen some of my raw edge applique picture quilts and had a desire to make a fall quilted hanging with pumpkins. I showed her how to use needle felting and fabric on a felt background. I did a little color blending but didn't seriously work on my own project being more interested in enjoying the visit. I finished these little experiments the next day.








Saturday morning I went to an awesome huge charity garage sale. I stood in line to wait till it opened at 8:30 and made a bee-line to the "notions" area where I found a beautiful supply of wool tapestry yarn, embroidery floss and pearl cotton. Then I looked at the neat bundles of fabric for wool to felt and found 2 yards of creamy off-white wool knit and a yard of woven wool fabric. I plan to dye these to use in doll making and art quilts.








I looked for wool sweaters to felt but there were none to be found! I don't know if they had been purchased the previous day. I did find several garments to wear.

I saw such a wealth of discarded items that I am quite inspired to do more without buying new from stores! Of course that garage sale is not available year round and going regularly to small garage sales is time consuming! Oh well, I have enough now for a lifetime of art and crafting!

4 comments:

Alis said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time and what wonderful goodies you got.

Gunnels blog said...

Your quilts are lovely! And what nice shoping you are doing!

Dianne said...

Love the experiments. The top one reminds me a bit of a leopard - with those spots. It's great when you can pick up some bargains - I always feel so pleased with myself when I do.

Jeanette said...

Your quilts are gorgeous! What colors! You are SO very talented!!! I love garage sales too! And I too is more and more interested in "recycling" rather than buying new. It`s so much more fun....Especially old sweaters to felt. It`s always fun to see what they will look like when they are coming out of the washing machine....

Have a lovely week!
Jeanette