making wooly, felted wreaths
I’ve had the idea of a felted wool wreath rolling around in my head, and scattered around my sewing room for a few weeks now. In the wee hours of the night I put the last stitch into place and here she is.
For a project like this you will need to make a trip through your local thrift store or your mending pile or your grandma’s house… What you are looking for is 100% wool sweaters (or very close to it) and this is harder than you would think to find. After searching and checking tags on hundreds of sweaters, I found only a few that fit the wool criteria and were good bright colors I liked.
I took all tags off, added a few other sweaters that I’ve been saving up and tossed them all into the washing machine.
This is what they looked like after a couple of washes- baby sweaters. In hindsight, I think I could have only washed the sweaters once and gotten a good felted result. I got a little overzealous and kept on washing. The more pure the wool the better the wool felts when you wash it. The orange sweater in the picture was kind of experimental, I liked the color but it wasn’t 100% wool (95% or so with something synthetic as the 5%) but I tried it anyway. It took a lot more washes to really felt up, I think I washed it 5 times on the super hot cycle.
There are many ways you could go about a project like this, after cutting up the sweaters:
– piece them together using a zig-zag stitch on the sewing machine, top stitch with embroidery floss (pictured above).
– no-sew method- wrap strips of felted wool around a styrofoam wreath form (or other shape like a Christmas tree) pinning or hot gluing the wool into place.
-cut the wool into shapes (such as circles, bows, flowers) and glue or pin the shapes to a wreath form or another finished wreath that needs some jazzing up.