I am a big proponent of a closet purge, and typically find myself clearing out those tired and unworn items nearly every season. Oftentimes, I am a bit ruthless with what I’m clearing, which is why I’ve adopted the practice of not actually getting rid of the clothes right away. Instead, (and this is definitely partial laziness), I leave the items stacked in our room. They are in-sight, but mostly out-of-mind. After this period of ‘semi-separation’, which is sometimes a few days, other times a couple of weeks (That’s where the laziness really shines!), I feel that I’m both truly prepared to get rid of them, but also interested in keeping a couple of the items.
This sweater has lived through a couple of those purges, and each time, has been saved from the final give-away. It’s a great basic sweater – neutral color, nice fit, quality yarn (especially for h&m), and comfortable. Yet, I was never wearing it. Cleary, I needed to be something more than basic – queue the REjuvenate ideas.
I’ve wanted to try incorporating a hybrid of felted wool to an existing garment ever since seeing this truly stunning blazer at a Japanese Fashion exhibit a few years back. Having never tried needle punching before, I was surprised with how simple and forgiving the craft is. Also, throw out the notion of ‘punching a pillow’ when you’re angry, and instead needle-punch the hell out of a craft. I can see it being highly effective, and also productive!
I’m calling this REjuvenate a success, as I’ve begun to reach for this sweater again. As a bonus, I’ve also found a new craft (possible obsession…) that I’m excited to get more familiar with. Here’s a glimpse of the steps that I took (which were lead by this guide)…
* Note – when needle punching, it is definitely preferable to use a wool content garment as your base. That way, when you’re felting it at the end, the wool in the sweater and in the roving will grab and hold on to each other (creating a special and forever bond ;-). My sweater is a cotton/rayon blend, and while it worked, I have to take special care in washing it, so as not to separate the wool fiber from the sweater.