Is it really the third week of September!? Where has the time gone?! It's been a month since I've posted, but I've really been crafting up a storm for the Christmas bazaars that start in only a month and a half!!!! Besides my usual primitive dolls, Santas, snowmen, and other fun prim holiday items, I've also been trying my hand at altered art domino necklaces, penny rug pins, and here are some spiffy mittens that I just finished making up, and they were so much fun, I thought I'd share them with you!
First, I bought lots and lots of wool sweaters over the past few months at yard sales, thrift stores, and some friends even shared from their own closet! :) I did what the washing instructions tell you NOT to do: washed in HOT, HOT water! It's amazing how much they shrunk! I let them air dry, then I cut open the seams and laid out my pattern. (I made my pattern slightly larger than this pattern I borrowed from Studio 5. Deciding which fabrics to use was the fun part...I liked to mix them up a little, and one pair of mitten had fabrics from four different sweaters:
I've lined these mittens with quilt-quality flannel. So fuzzy and warm! Of course I've been stitching these in August and September, and have received some funny looks both when purchasing a pile of wool sweaters in the extreme heat, as well as from my family when I'm trying them on and admiring each pair while wearing shorts and complaining about how hot I am! :)
On one pair of plain mittens I appliqued some holly, using burgundy and olive Pendleton wool.
Did you also notice that some of the buttons that I used were made by my husband from dropped deer antlers? I think these are my favorite pair. My husband said I should pick some out for myself for Christmas! :( Not really what I had in mind, Dear!
Lots of fun to make, and I may have some up on my website once the craft shows have passed.
Yesterday I received my newest issue of Create and Decorate Magazine. My "Mr. Kringles" pattern is included, and is now available for sale as well on my website as a paper pattern or an e-pattern.
Hope you're enjoying the last waning days of summer, and are gearing up for a fabulous fall! My pumpkins are just about ready for picking! :)
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