May 31, 2016

Re Purpose and Dyeing Stuff!

I have been busy! What news right? Real winter is settling-in here in Melbourne. Winter is late this year. I felt that it might never come. Cold weather is good to snuggle in and work on something soft and woolly. I have done a lot of things lately, but today I'm only going to show you my latest project made from a woollen baby blanket. 

I have been busy dyeing weird and wonderful stuff. When I spotted a brand new woollen baby blanket at my local op-shop for only $8.25 I had to have it! I know that wool dyes like a dream!

For dyeing I cut the blanket into sections small enough to roll in bundles. I stuffed eucalyptus leaves inside each piece. Rolled and steamed. I love and treasure this blanket, and now I can share what I made from it with my stitching friends to love and use for years to come. 

Cut and ready to dye.

Wonderful result with rust objects
to add extra dimension.

Trimmed to size and added blanket stitches.
Very simple!

Added wool felt dyed previously on the inside.
I've left a small opening to keep thread.

Feeling very pleased with myself after the fourth roll. I made the cords using dyed threads. The buttons are vintage ones from my button tins. I posted them up today on my Instagram feed and I was asked if they are for sale! I will continue making them until I use up all of the blanket. I love the mass production process with whatever I'm making. It's the quilter in me coming out! 

Until next time


deanna7trees said...

Gorgeous little treasures.

Jeannie said...

The needle bundles are wonderful. As you snuggle in, I am checking the a/c unit making sure it is ready for the heat this weekend - ugh. I hope your week is filled with joy.

Els said...

Really lovely Nat !!!

Nifty Quilts said...

Beautiful!! Maybe you need an etsy store?

Needled Mom said...

I saw these on IG and thought they were just gorgeous. I'll bet the wool is amazing to sew with. Those will make special gifts.

Penny said...

Love these, you are so clever.

montana joe said...

saw these on your instagram feed. so glad to see them here and learn more about them! i love the way you think and the incredible things that are the result. these needle roles are simply wondrous!

Bev C said...

Hello Nat,

What a lovely way to re-use your wool blanket, which I noticed was made in Australia too. I wonder how many you can make out of the one blanket.

Happy creating.

Susanne richter-antonijevic said...

dear nat,how cute your little needle rolls are, greetings to tom,did you get my last email?take care,susi

Terry said...

The needle rolls are a great use ffor your dyed wool. I still use my black wool pin cushion you made as gifts when you departed to Melbourne. It's my nimber one always in use love it.

Viv said...

My needle roll arrived in the mail today and I can tell everyone that it's just beautiful! It's like a little work of art and you can see the care that Nat has put into making them. I will be making good use of mine for years to come! X

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Very beautiful Nat...lovely colours!

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