Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Marvelous Mittens

Winter is upon us! With many new year's resolutions I am starting this year with optimism and happiness.  I had wanted to do more art, more sewing, and more recycling. A weird combination for sure! I decided I wanted to do more with wool felting. I have a felting machine that I have used a few times. I went to a resale shop and bought some 100% wool sweaters and washed them in hot water, and dried them until they were a thick wool felt. I then cut them to the shape of my palm. I embellished the mitten (top half) with a flower and ribbon for the stem. I used my Sizzix cutting system to make the flower pieces, and I used brightly colored felt pieces. The flowers were machine quilted to the wool mitten. Buttons were added for dimension at the center of the flower. The ribbon was machine quilted in a random pattern.  The cuffs of the mittens were recycled t-shirts in bright colors. I was also able to use my serger to make the cuffs. They are fun to wear and look really neat on. I just couldn't take the picture while my hands were in the mittens!  Let it SNOW!!!!

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