I took a wool fisherman type sweater, cut off/opened up the sleeves and felted them (hot water wash, dry on low in dryer). Then I took 2 wooden embroidery hoops, 6 1/2″ and 8 1/2″ in diameter, and inserted the sleeve pieces into the hoops. The tricky part here is that the sweater was so thick, I had to take the screw out of the hoop to open it up wide enough to accommodate the sweater. I then secured the hoop by taking a length of floral wire, threading it through the screw holes and twisting it tightly. When I did that to the second hoop, I looped the two hoops together with the wire. (it doesn’t look pretty, but it all gets hidden by the scarf!). I trimmed off the excess sweater, tucked the edges to the back and used a hot glue gun to attach them to the back edge of the hoop. (for reference visuals, you can check out the purl bee’s swatch portrait tutorial for this part)
The little hat and scarf were cut from another felted sweater, but polar fleece would also work in this situation. The buttons are miscellaneous ones from my button jar and the nose is a felt ball. He is very lightweight and hangs easily on a hook or nail.
I apologize for the off-the cuff tutorial, but I’m trying to be economical with my time. This was supposed to be a project for a 2009 holiday magazine, but they want something else. So, I get to share it with you instead! Problem is, I still have the magazine project on my to-do list. D’oh! If you try one and need some help, give me a holler.
Oh, and here’s one more felty holiday tradition we have. I showed our “jack horner pie” last year but just had to post it again. Besides, it’s a good use for any leftover fisherman sweater you might have if you make the snowman.
Ok, now back to my To Do list…have a good Wednesday!
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