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Wool Creations from Scraps

Beyond Our Borders: Turn your leftovers into treasures

By: Sharon A. Smith
Photography by Sharon A Smith

Do you, like me, have heaps of wooly scraps? We’re always looking for ways to “use up” that leftover pile of wool. We have odd pieces of wool, used in other rugs, that don’t work with our current projects. We search through boxes of odds and ends and bits and pieces. Searching is a dusty proposition, a good rainy day activity. Occasionally the search pays off and we do find that perfect worm or bit of wool.

But, sadly, calamity can strike when we try to force some leftover pieces of wool into our new rug. That can result in a sickly version of the color you really wanted. Your gut tells you the truth. So what to do with all that wool? That is the question.

Luckily, wool is versatile. And you, like me, probably have a lot of it. So think of the options: you can create other projects to use it up. For instance, you can use a bag of worms to stuff a hooked pillow to give it weight and heft. That soft wool is especially good for a lumpy, malleable pillow that really sinks into a sofa corner. Oh, so comfy.

Sharon A. Smith is a graphic designer who has been hooking since 2009. She teaches at guilds, schools, and in her own studio in Walnut Creek, California.

This article is from the January/February 2017 issue. For more information on our issues, check out our issues page.

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