"...for we put the thought of all that we love into all that we make" ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Monday, February 1, 2010

Making Fabric

For DQS8 I am planning a cherry-themed mini quilt. And I thought it would be cute to applique some cherries in the center, and put some borders on it.

And then I thought, "wouldn't it be super cute if the cherries and stems and leaves were wool"? And then I thought "wouldn't it be extra super cute if I MADE the wool fabric"?

At this point I realized I was crazy, but the idea just wouldn't go away. So I headed to my local fiber shop and got some lovely wool yarn, and spent about 10 hours knitting some cloth. I washed it 3 times in hot water, and viola! I have knitted wool fullcloth, ready to be made into appliques!

DQS8 So Far...
It needs to dry overnight, then tomorrow I can really get going on the minis. Yeah, I said "minis"... I just KNOW I'm going to love this so much I won't want to give it away. So I am making 2 at once... one for me, one for my DQS8 partner :)


  1. WOW! The colors are beautiful and the wool looks so cool! How smart of you to make your own wool - I've never heard of doing that - well I've heard of felted wool, but never really thought about using it as fabric in a pattern! You are very clever!
    Can't wait to see your finished product!!

  2. Ok, couldn't stand it, so here I am from DQS8 hoping to find out more on the felted wool teaser you put up on the flickr pool. Cherries! It's going to be fabulous!

  3. What a cool idea! Gorgeous colors! :-)

  4. That's awesome! Can't wait to see it come together!

  5. Go girl! I only saw this done on an old Martha Stewart the other day.

  6. Beautiful colors, can't wait to see the finish!


  7. crazy yes, but totally fabulous!