more hole chasing

The second of the friend’s much-loved thrift shop sweaters that had been used as meals by the moths. This time mended with needle-felted roving; much quicker and easier than the thread used previously, especially since this piece had more and larger holes.

(I don’t do the washing and pressing—just the mending!)needle-felt overall

 

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begone holes

A friend’s beloved thrift shop find was munched by moths. I mended the holes, then covered them with Japanese Banku thread. For the bottom squiggle I was able to needle-felt the thread into place, but it would not stay attached for the top two…so I couched all of them.

(Apologies for the image quality – it was a gray day and getting late. And the top is actually an olivey green, just paler than the thread.)

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mudcloth bag, reworked

 

This cute mudcloth bag was a gift from a friend. I wasn’t using it because I can’t deal with carrying a bag in my hand. It needed a shoulder strap. Found a woven belt at the thrift store and sewed that on. Decided to remove the hand loops (discovered they were attached very poorly anyway) and added a button and elastic loop closure while I was at it. Now it’ll get used!

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tunic blouse, revised

 

Thrift store tunic find: loved the crazy abstract floral watercolors and the fit, except for the prissy, too tight sleeves. So, off they came. It would have worked sleeveless, but I don’t wear sleeveless. Old (ancient but unworn) t-shirt to the rescue, the sleeves were a good fit at the armholes. Just plain it looked like a vest over tshirt, but adding the stitching pulled it together. Yay once more for the embroidery floss stash!

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needle case

I have accumulated dozens of packages of needles over time, sometimes for specific needs, sometimes because the package is vintage and wonderful. My go-to package was in dire straits. Inspired by Local and Bespoke’s needle case (http://localandbespoke.com/2013/08/05/small-things/), I made one of my own. needlescuffsneedlecase insideneedlecase outsideneedlecase finished

Cuffs cut off from another project in the works, some scrap fabric and embroidery floss from my ludicrously large stash….I have no idea what that stitch on the outside is, I made it up as I was going along to cover and add strength to the join of the 2 cuffs. I’m calling it “tiddly corset” stitch.

 

 

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j’s french press cozy

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What do you mean it’s not for me?

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Opa french press cozy

kaffeehaubeopaThis was a favorite sweater vest belonging to my grandfather. It ended up in my parents’ attic where it was snacked on by moths. Needle-felting additions took care of the holes, and now it keeps the french press coffee warm. Lined with leftover cotton, layered with batting.

 

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many frogs make a hat

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This yarn had a mind of its own as to what it wanted to become. I tried 5 different things before this finally came together. And I learned another important lesson: if your yarn hides under the sofa while knitting, pull it out to check on it before ALMOST reaching the end of the project. I found I was out of yarn 3 rows and bind-off short. Thus the mohair trim edge, cord and pompoms.

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sweater rescue

reworked sweater

A wonderful cabled merino sweater found at the thrift store, that had an ugly, unflattering semi-turtleneck. I removed it and knitted on a fluffy light kid mohair cowl.

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malabrigo beanie

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Just enough in this gorgeous skein to make a beanie. The yarn ends and tails make the tuft at the top!

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