After the joy ride complete with crash that the preparation for the Bellevue Arts Museum show was, I really–for the first time EVER–was not interested in quilting.
I wanted to spend some time on an idea that had been percolating in my head for a while. I wanted to get back to making clothing aka Fashion Sewing.
In the quilt world, we jokingly call it the F-word.
Once I discovered quilting, I stopped fashion sewing except for the random Halloween costume for my boys. Over the last decade, quilting moved center stage in my life and there just wasn’t any time for fashion sewing.
But I had this idea–or question really.
Could I use repurposed wool sweaters to create beautiful patch worked garments appropriate for a northern climate? I really wanted to know if I could do it.
I have a collection of vintage Norwegian sweaters–my favorite brand is Norse Knit. We keep our house quite cool, and I spend almost three seasons out of the year wearing these sweaters.
The problem is that they really aren’t that stylish. Maybe on a hip twenty-year-old, but on a 46 year old momma of three they look a bit anachronistic–like did I get this sweater in 1970 and never ever get another one? Or maybe I am living in the 1973 while everyone else is living in 2013 and no one has the heart to tell me that fleece and all kinds of mircofibers are out there.
The other problem with these vintage sweaters is that they are VERY bulky. And if there is one thing I don’t need more of its curves.
Still I couldn’t give them up. They were WARM.
So, I wanted to take the warmth of those sweaters and make good looking contemporary arctic clothing. I have tried knitting, but it isn’t my thing. People say it is relaxing, but if I am relaxing I have a glass of red wine in my hand not a knitting needle.
If I wasn’t going to knit how was I going to get the sweater of my dreams? Last summer while visiting family in Kansas, I found this great little store in Lawrence, Kansas called MADE. There I found these beautiful scarfs made from old sweaters that had been felted. And that is when my brain started putting the components of this idea together. Could I make sweaters out of felted re-purposed old sweaters? Maybe I could.
And so begins the Year of the Sweater. Of course, I will be quilting and teaching, and doing other stitch related things too. I hope you will join me on this adventure. I’d love to hear what you think about sweaters, and quilts, and all things stitched.