Which detergent do you use for felting?

I exhibit at a lot of art and craft shows.  I meet many people who ask me about felting.  Some who have tried it with success, some who have failed, and many who are collecting sweaters and waiting to try.

Sage Beautiful with Purple Pepper and Cosmos

Earth first! All the time!

I am often asked which detergent I use and many assume Woolite® , but I have never used it.  A quick search of their website does not reveal an ingredient list.

It may be perfectly earth friendly, but I prefer to use a brand that really focuses on earth friendly products.

I use Seventh Generation’s Natural 2X Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent  I love the lavender scent.

If your sweater is clean, use just a little bit, maybe only a drop of detergent.  If it is dirty use the amount recommended on the package.

If you have a good detergent that is eco-friendly let me know what it is and maybe I’ll give it a try!

Here’s some more tips on felting!

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Sweaters in the Garden

I know this one isn’t for everyone, but one way that you can use old sweaters or t-shirts is as windscreens for your tender seedlings.

I put my tomato seedlings in several weeks ago.  We have already had several days in the high 80’s, but today is cold, windy and rainy.

Imagine yourself outside in the wind, what do you do?  You seek out a wind block or sheltered doorway!  So I decided to do that for my seedlings.

I took some old t-shirts and one old holey sweater out into the garden and put them around my seedlings.  I used clothes pins to attach them to the cages.  I left one side open on the most protected side.   Make sure that the material is not flapping around or rubbing against the plants.

I didn’t take the time to make mine look cute, but I’m sure you could make them nicer than I did.

In case you need some awesome tomato cages or more traditional seedling protection check out Gardeners Supply Company.

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from earth to earthenware and back again!

I was checkingMoonstar Pottery Compost Jar out some of my friends on Etsy and found this cool Compost Jar by moonstarpottery .

Talk about full circle, start with soil (clay) make something wonderous to collect all your kitchen waste that helps make more soil!  We all need one of these!

You can see more on Etsy compost jars!

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Fiberlicious Cupcakes in Oak Park and Woodstock!

I’m one of those people who has no use for cupcakes.  Don’t get me wrong I love sweets of the chocolate variety, but cupcakes??? Just don’t get it!

penny circle cupcakes

So it was a big surprise to me when I came up with a cupcake pincushion!  My goal was to figure out how to reuse all the plastic containers that I had been saving.  So I started making them into pincushions and cute little containers.  The shape of the container totally makes them look like cupcakes.  Plus  I have been having fun making penny circles and they make great toppings.

PincushionscupDon’t despair if you have no need for a pincushion I have converted a few of them to little containers for your treasures.

Hope you can stop by and see them on Saturday in Oak Park at What’s Blooming on Harrison

or on Sunday in downtown Woodstock.

And the best part is they are sugar and fat free!

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Come for the Art stay for the Food!

Chicago Flea

Support local artisans @ Chicago Flea Sunday, May 5th in Wicker Park, A. N. Pritizker School, 2009 W Schiller St (at Damen Ave)

​One of a kind, independent artists, designers, & culinary talent – coupled with curated vintage & re-furbished collections.​​​​​​​​​​​ Some of the Midwest’s most talented artisans, all in one place, all in open-air.

Featured in Timeout Chicago

Scrappy Black and White Pillow

Come see new pillow designs!

Chicago Flea is at A.N. Pritzker school in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood- a major community for retail in Chicago.

On Evergreen Ave off of Damen Ave.

Just steps away from the Damen-O’Hare Blue Line stop, and Evergreen-Damen CTA bus stop. 10am-5pm.

See you there!

Feltwerker Recycled Wool Accessories

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Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival

Scrappy Black and White PillowThis Sunday April 21st, is the Kaneland Arts Festival.  So honored to be one of the invited artists and working on a demo/exhibit….

I hope I have time to see the acappela group Acappelago and the Common Taters Square Dance Band!



Plus you can get Crafty with

11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Lawrence Cimaglio – Glass Fusing
Michael Shiroda – Caricatures
Rachel Schwartz – Silhouettes

See you in Kaneland I’ll be the one dancing with the Common Taters

When: April 21, 2013

Times: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: Kaneland High School, Maple Park
47w326 Keslinger road, Maple Park, IL

(630) 365-5100 ext. 180

Cost: Free

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Pincushions, Pinch Penny Change Purse and Swippers!


I am excited to participate in YarnCon, Chicago’s Indie Fiber Fair!  I have created three new classes which will be offered for the first time there.

Cupcake Pincushion
We will design and hand sew a giant cupcake pincushion from repurposed wool and an upcycled container.






Pinch Penny Change Purse
So cute and so functional!  Design and hand sew your own change purse, crochet hook/sock needle bag, or glasses case.









We will be designing, custom fitting and hand sewing our own swippers (slippers + sweaters = swippers!)








All information (times/prices) about the classes is available at YarnCon

April 6th & 7th
Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall

1340 W Washington St., Chicago, Illinois 60607

Questions — you can always check out my facebook page or website for updates

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Spring Bloom 2013

Spring Bloom

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Wreath Making at Swap O Rama Rama!

On March 24th, salvaged decorative ribbon from the streets of Rogers Park will be available to crafters and upcyclers at the Swap-O-Rama-Rama (http://swap-il.com)

SORR is a clothing swap and DIY (do-it-yourself) workshop supporting creative re-use and upcycling of used clothing and textiles.

Crafters at a Swap-O-Rama-Rama make wreaths from the salvaged ribbon.From 10 AM to 2 PM on Sunday March 24th, Swap-O-Rama-Rama (SORR) will feature a design station where participants can make wreaths from the salvaged ribbon and wire coat hangers. SORR will be held at the Congress Theatre at 2135 North Milwaukee Avenue, as part of the Logan Square Farmers Market and Urban Folk Circuit.  Read more about the ribbon.

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How to tie a Winter Scarf

Here’s a short tutorial from Timeout Chicago on different ways to tie your beautiful scarf!


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