Monday, October 10, 2011

Handmade Holiday - Wool Needle Felted Upcycled Hot Pot Pad

This came out fairly well, but it has given me ideas for improvement.
Let me first share what I did ~

I started with an old wool sweater that was felted (washed in hot water) and traced around a large plate to cut out a circle.

Next using a piece of wool yarn, I blanket stitched around the edge.  Then using bits of wool roving, I began needle felting a design onto the piece.

I was thinking this would be nice for a soup pot.  I am thinking, though, that when I make more, maybe I will add a design around the edges so that when a pot is on top, the design is still visible.

I look forward to all of the sharing!
Please leave a note in your comment with ideas and links.

I have made this little button if you want to add it to your blog and please link it here.


Blessings and warm wishes,
Tonya

29 comments:

  1. oh how beautiful! although I would want to *hang* this in my kitchen and not actually use it!
    :)

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  2. That is beautiful!

    Blessings!
    ~Nadine

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  3. Oh! Such a cute bird! Thanks again for hosting this for 2011. Adn thanks for the button - I will be adding to my blog :)

    The fun that I am working on can be found at : http://ruralsuburbianfarmer.blogspot.com/2011/10/start-to-handmade-season.html

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  4. That is beautiful, and doubly so because you've given old things a new life!

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  5. Tonya, I LOVE this. I was anxiously awaiting to see what you did with a recycled sweater- as you know I love to remake sweaters!
    I'll be hopefully doing a little handmade post later today.
    <3

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  6. I love it and also the idea to put a design around the edge. Gosh, this would make such a great gift for so many people.

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  7. It's beautiful! I just love the little bird you added to the hot pad!

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  8. It's beautiful. I wouldn't use it for soup -might spill some and stain it. I would use it just to be beautiful :) We're having a mostly handmade Christmas this year, though I've been working on it all year. I'm actually almost finished. Looking forward to see what else you come up with.

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  9. Oh, cleverness! I need to do up new potholders for myself, and gifts as well, and recycling felted wool sweaters would be a lovely spot to start. Thanks for sharing this!

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  10. Tonya, your soup pad is beautiful, too pretty to use. What a fabulous idea. I know so many who would reasure such a gift.

    Thank you for hosting Handmade Holiday 2011. I can't wait to see what others are making.

    Blessings, Elizabeth

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  11. that's wonderful! what a great idea.

    so glad to hear things are going well for you all, with your new sweet baby.

    i'm trying to steal creative moments here and there - working on our fall nature table now, hope to help my daughter work on a simple beginner embroidery project as a gift - will blog about it and comment in then.

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  12. What a great idea! I might have to make one for myself.

    Here's a post on what we've already begun in our home

    http://gypsy-junk.blogspot.com/2011/10/christmas-is-my-favorite-time-of-year.html

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  13. Tonya I love it! Such a great idea. I love coming up with fun things to do with old sweaters. My handmade this week also comes from felted sweaters. http://wonderfullycrazyhome.blogspot.com/2011/10/handmade-holidays.html
    Thanks so much for hosting, what a great incentive.

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  14. Love it!
    Count us in again this year for handmade holiday. I need to finish up my Halloween knitting before I can start my Christmas gift list ;)

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  15. It's wonderful! I might take your lead, though I'm not great with felting yet.

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  16. That is really pretty.

    I've finished one sweater and started the second.
    Cast on the tube socks but didn't like the way they were going.

    I will post a photo update on Wednesday.

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  17. I love this! I used an old fisherman's knit sweater last year to create a tea cozy and I would love to make a few trivets like this to go with it. There is something so wonderful about putting out something handmade on the dinner table. Useful and beautiful!

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  18. this is such a great idea...I do believe I will be doing this craft for a gift!! Thanks for sharring:-)
    Also added your button to my blog and here is a link to one of our homemade gift posts..
    http://lunamama2.blogspot.com/2011/10/greetings-from-workshop.html
    Jenn

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  19. You are so talented and creative. That is beautiful!

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  20. Just wanted to let you know that one of your items from last January (the branch reading manipulatives) inspired my gift tags for this year. I have sliced a few branches of different sizes and am going to burn in the initial of the gift recipient. I have drilled little holes in the tops for a piece of yarn to tie into a bow. I am thinking about painting some too, for the gift tags on the teacher's cookies.

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  21. I'd love to be added to you Homemade Holiday list for this year, Tonya. I have put your sweet little button on my blog, and I will be writing a post about it later today.

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  22. This is too lovely to mess up in the kitchen! But what could be more full of love and care under food? I;d love to join in Handmade Holiday 2011.

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  23. Tonya, found you through Lee Ann (http://ruralsuburbianfarmer.blogspot.com) and hope to join you in your Handmade Holiday: I'll put your button on my blog too! Your pot holder is ultra-sweet xx

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