Up-cycling Woollen Blankets

Up-cycling Woollen Blankets...these workshops concentrate on using one sort of fabric in many different ways. Old woollen blankets are a wonderful resource. Wool is a hard wearing natural fibre, it is heat resistant and dyes well. 

Up-cycling Woollen BlanketsFull day workshop aprox 5 hours. At this workshop we will make a range of useful household items whilst learning many different textile recycling skills. Using rag rug making techniques of braiding, standing wool, hooking and prodding we will make vibrant cushion pads and trivets, pincushions and coasters. 

Standing wool pincushions, coaster and brooch workshop.     2-3 hours 

At this workshop you will make a useful and decorative pincushion shaped like a flower from strips of brightly coloured blankets. The technique called standing wool is rolling strips of blanket or other woven wool fabric into coils and stitching firmly to create beautiful spiral effects. After making the pincushion you can also make a brooch or coaster using the coiling and quilling techniques. These techniques can also be used to make larger items especially trivets, place mats and even rugs. 

All tools and materials will be provided and are for sale. This technique involves very accurate cutting as the edges need to line up exactly so the workshop will include use of a rotary cutter although lots of pre-cut pieces will be provided.