Embroidered and Embellished

January 13, 2010

Fleece cap embellished with embroidery

I often find inspiration in books.  I recently came across a new book that featured simple, but nicely worked embroidered designs, and that provided the spark I needed to embellish some of my fleece caps.  I’ve made a dozen of these fleece caps, or more, over the past few years.  They keep me warm, inside the house and out, during our cold and damp winters.

Book with lovely hand-embroidered projects

Getting ready to embroider a few fleece caps

Newly embellished caps

Thrify Mittens

November 28, 2009

Wool mittens from shrunken sweater

My new-to-me mittens from a recycled sweater

Warm woolen mittens

I love the thriftiness of my latest project — sewing mittens from old cast-off sweaters.  I found a blue woolen sweater in a box of free stuff on the curb in my neighborhood.  The owner was probably giving it away because it had shrunk.  But the felted wool was perfect for making mittens.  My oldest sister mailed the pattern to me.  I like the mittens so much, that I made a few more pairs from some leftover fleece that I had in my scrap bag.

3-piece mitten pattern

Mittens from leftover polar fleece