'But I must gather knots of flowers,
And buds and garlands gay,
For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother,
I'm to be Queen o' the May.'
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
For most persons, old sweaters may be cast aside and taken to the thrift store. But in my world, a wool sweater hanging sadly on a rack in a thrift store is a treasure. I have to know it's 100% wool, will it felt, and is the color perfect for my artwork.
About a month ago, I found this wonderful lime green sweater at the Salvation Army. I washed it in the hottest water with a little detergent in my washing machine, and then dried it in the dryer. Usually I then cut the side seams and up through the underside of the sleeves. This gives me the maximum area to begin cutting out shapes.
This sweet mouse (pattern created by Debra Abel from "It's All Good") is setting on my felted sweater pincushion, surrounded by a few silk posies, and a vine snapped from a silk flowered garland. I used a couple of circular shapes from my kitchen dishes to make a huge pincushion. Then all you do is sew around the rounded edge (remember to leave an opening), stuff with fiberfill, and embellish!
Have a magical day!