Here is yet another project courtesy of the felted wool sweater. It’s a present for the newest addition to Kª and Kº’s family. We shall have to see what young Il Principe thinks of this. Being an only child is pretty sweet.
Here I took four sweaters, two gray, one navy, and one black. These sweaters were of the softer, thinner natural fabrics, such as cashmere and merino. They felt a bit differently than regular sheep’s wool, with less fuzz. I cut those suckers up into tons of 3″ squares.
Then I laid them out into a pattern and, like in our other wool patchwork quilt, started sewing them together in long strips.
This is the back of it. It’s kind of cool, too, but it will be hidden from view.This is the soft cotton I am going to use as the backing. The blue and the gray match perfectly with the colours of the wool.
Then, with great difficulty owing to the stretchiness of the wool, I machine-basted the two pieces together. Next time I would probably do this by hand, just because of the way the wool bunched and stretched.
My mother was kind enough to sew the binding onto the blanket for me, in exchange for my making of kumquat marmalade. She has more patience for such things.
Embellishments are always important when it comes to babies, but you have to be careful. No buttons, or anything that babies can eat. Colourful yarn is a good option. I thought the orange would look great next to the gray and blue.
The yarn here also serves to anchor the top of the quilt to the bottom so it doesn’t shift around.