I made this great felted wool garland from recycled sweaters. As you may have heard, I love working with felted wool and have a modest (or immodest) stash of wool.
So, anyway, I will show you how I made this garland...let's get started. I picked an assortment of wool scraps that coordinate in some manner. I started with the multi color stripe that has two shades of green, navy, gray, red and black. And I added some of those colors and then some others that coordinated with those...I kept going until I had 12 colors.
Using my rotary cutter, I cut 1 inch strips from each color. I made my garland about 7 feet long, so I cut 46 strips (just a random number....depends on how thick your wool is, if it is all very thick you would need less). I actually cut 50 strips but found four of them underneath my chair when I finished the garland.
So here they are...
I wanted to use wool yarn for this and I had this sport weight that I had bought for a bit of nothing (and I am still working on eliminating my stash and makin do with what I have), so I used it.
I found my reallllllly long needle and threaded it with a piece of yarn 2.5 times the length of the garland I wanted to make.
Then I folded the wool strips accordion-style and put the needle into the middle of the end and
pushed them onto the needle and
then down onto the yarn. I had knotted the end of the yarn so it would keep the wool strips from falling off the other end.
I just used a random arrangement of colors, but you could repeat the colors in order too.
The yarn at the ends I looped for hanging.
Some of the pieces of felted wool had extra pieces sticking out...like here and
here. To fix this problem I just snipped off the extra pieces that stuck out.
And here is the end result!
Very pretty, huh? It reminds me of Christmas ribbon candy...my great grandmother used to give my family two giant tins of Christmas candy each Christmas. One of the tins had ribbon candy and the other had those filled satin looking candies...I wonder if they still make that kind of candy?
Looks great stretched across a window or strung on the Christmas tree.
I love the dark rich colors...
but I can't wait to make one in spring colors too!