One of my best friends moved half way around the world almost 4 months ago. So, I wanted to send her a happy. She mentioned seeing some felted wool brooches she thought were cool at a market and I thought I could make them. I went to the 4 Cs in Clinton and bought two old 100% wool sweaters. I didn't take a picture of them before I cut them up, which I hate, but imagine huge gold buttons and shoulder pads. After cutting out the zippers, buttons, and shoulder pads, I washed the fabric on hot and dried it on high heat. I did this a few times to achieve felting that I liked. I twisted up the seaming to make the rose looking brooch above and hot glued it to a circle I cut out of the felted fabric. Here's a close up:
For the next one I used the first yo-yo I made. I sewed it to a felted fabric circle and glued a button on top. This one may be my favorite:
Freddie sent me some pictures of the brooches on her garments:
For the third one I cut circles of felted wool and cotton fabric, stitched them together, and stitched around the outside of the felt. I then covered a button and glued it on top. Here's a picture I took of all three of them before I shipped them off to Australia:
I love making things for friends. It makes it that much more fun. What can I make for you?