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Winter white!

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Pair number three of fulled woolen slippers for my granddaughter, she’s growing fast! This was a beautiful sweater in winter white that I fulled (felted). Fortuitously the flower is a flower in one direction and a face in the other! It looks like a little lamb to me. I’m considering adding some crocheted ears. I have suede sewn onto the bottoms to prevent slipping. And I added a double row of single crochet around the ankle as an accent. The slippers are hand sewn together with cotton embroidery floss (all six threads) in a pretty soft green.

Fingerless mittens

Fingerless mittens have become my favorite cold weather accessory along with the ever present scarf. The array of possible techniques in making fingerless mittens is fathomless. My notebook is filled with ideas. You can make them in different weights, with or without the thumb, mixing fabrics or plain, contrasting thread colors or the same, seams showing or on the inside, dressy or casual, with crocheted borders; the possibilities are endless. Here are a few examples from the dozens of mittens I have made this season and a basketful of mittens ready to take to a holiday gallery show that I’m participating in.

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IMG_2533-0.JPG One of the major inspirations for the detail work I’ve been adding this year (beaded edges, fancy stitched edges, reverse appliqué) is Alabama Chanin. I own all three of their books (there’s another coming out in the spring!) and they are a wealth of inspiration and techniques. Check them out!

Felted Slippers

I’ve become a passionate fan of wool. It’s a magical medium. And it gives me an outlet for my love of thrift store exploring. I buy old wool sweaters to felt and use in my projects. Here’s a pair of slippers I’m working on for my granddaughter Susannah.

Slippers made from recycled sweaters with needle felted pattern

Slippers made from recycled sweaters with needle felted pattern


And here are the groovy starry bottoms.
Slipper bottoms with suede leather stars

Slipper bottoms with suede leather stars


This is the second pair I’ve made for her. I gave her a pair for Christmas and my son says she wears them every day. I had forgotten to take a picture and was visiting one day. I asked her if I could take a picture of her slippers and she plopped right down on my guitar case and stuck out her foot.
First pair of recycled slippers with needle felted hearts.

First pair of recycled slippers with needle felted hearts.


They have really held up well and have suede leather bottoms so she doesn’t slip as she zooms around on the wood floors.
I’ve made hats and purses as well. Stay tuned for more posts and pictures!

JoAnn Morrell
40 Orchard Rd
Fleetwood, PA 19522
610-987-3724