Craft Fair (upcycled sweaters)

If you are in the McMinnville, TN area and haven’t stopped by the Craft Fair this weekend, today is your last day! And if you did stop by and didn’t buy anything from our booth, get back out there 😉 It will be open today from 10 till 8 at the Civic Center. Here’s a look at some of the stuff I made this year that has not been for sale previously.cf1

My Mother-in-law and I have been busy felting old sweaters and turning them into all sorts of things. I love how these pillows turned out.

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These are some of my MIL’s coasters. I think we may need some of the numbered ones for our house.

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Here are some of my coasters.

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Here’s a close up of my favorite set. It’s a little whimsical, with a rain cloud, snow cloud, grey cloud, and rain drop. Twice, Carson has asked me, where is the other cloud and I have had to explain that the rain drop goes with them. So, maybe not everyone will get it, but I love them!

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I love these clutches and wouldn’t mind if they don’t both sell so I can keep one! Or I could just make another for myself.

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This might be my favorite item. When I saw that fabric with this felt it just sort of made itself! I love when the materials dictate the finished product and I find that I make better stuff when I let the fabric take over! Here’s a close up of that cut out.

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And finally some views of the booth.

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As you can see we have lots of stuff I haven’t focused on here. Natural dyed scarves, lamps, cabinets, baby gowns, little girl skirts, queen anne’s lace necklaces, mugs, windows, to name a few! Come on out and be sure to stock up on some canned goods downstairs. Seriously for the same price you’d pay at the grocery store you can have all manner of canned food that is homemade and support some local folks at the same time.

Goldenrod

None of my natural dye experiments thus far have blown me away quite like Goldenrod. As with Queen Anne’s Lace I knew to expect some yellows, but the colors were seriously deep and vibrant.queen anne's lace goldenrod3

I realize that sort of tie dye effect that you can see on some of these photos can be avoided by stirring more and putting less in the dye pot. The thing is I like that look. If it weren’t there you might just think I bought this yellow fabric. To me it gives that imperfect variation that I like to see in homemade.goldenrod2 goldenrod1

The one piece in that last picture that is pale is cotton that had not been mordanted. Obviously the silks took the color better, but even the pale piece of cotton will be nice for something.

I have to mention the goldenrod spiders. I’m not actually sure what their proper name is, and you wouldn’t even know they were there if you didn’t throw your goldenrod in a pot of water. They blend in so well with the plant. But check out the edge of the pot. They started coming out as soon as I got the dye bath started. If you don’t like spiders, don’t go picking goldenrod, because there were tons of these guys!

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