Thursday, January 6, 2011

Victorian Lady's Knuckledusters


Here's a very quick craft project, arm warmers made from sleeves cut off an old sweater felted in the washing machine - I just sewed thin black yarn (could be thread) across the area between the thumb and the fingers - took twenty minutes or less. Buttons (from original sweater) added afterwards in case of trouble.
This one, though - two sweaters- both felted unintentionally - sewed together by whip-stitching the raw edges- took in excess of twenty hours (enjoyably spent streaming stuff like The Storyteller on my computer - is John Hurt's coat to die for or what?) The collar, where I inset the gold-colored wool where there was no space for it (I didn't remove fabric from the red, it's just a straight cut) has interesting sculptural qualities, I think. It takes a lot less time if you have a magic machine like Urbandon

29 comments:

mouse (aka kimy) said...

what a great and easy peasy project!!!! thanks for sharing it and the vid.

what a wondrous voice john hurt has....aside from the coat, i'd also love to hang next to that fire with a talking dog....

magical new year greetings friend!!

roberto!! said...

Susan!!! fantastic!!!!.
there is nothing worse that support your arms and hands over the worktop in the cold winter mornings.
Here where I live now it is summer. But in winter the mornings are 8 degrees below zero. and I assure you that with that temperature (until the wood begins to burn) one should be eager to work. ja ja.
good year 2011 for you and for the character you have behind you!

Jenny Woolf said...

Did you have any particular Victorian lady in mind? :)

ArtSparker said...

Jenny- Maybe they would be suitable for one of those explorers?

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Gwilym Williams said...

Sadly I'm too lazy. Use my old socks.

ArtSparker said...

Gwilym- Socks could be good too.

Emma J said...

Clever, clever you - even the colors of your new resulting sweater are toasty-looking. Love the precautionary buttons!

ger said...

Interesting sculptural (and other...) qualities, YES

urbandon (Don Pezzano) said...

Wonderful- love those cuffs-especially with the buttons (tough part of town hey?) And the contrast colour twin jumper is so cool! Can't wait for winter here...
(thanks for the mention too!)

jude said...

great!

susan christensen said...

Sewing Dragon is quite fabulous and a fitting companion to fierce Victorian Lady in her new Knuckledusters.

Tammie Lee said...

fabulous darling, fabulous.

now how do you felt in the washing machine? I mean.... I try and felt sweaters and they do not shrink, I try and wash them and not let them shrink and they do... what the heck?

ArtSparker said...

Tammie Lee- Some modern sweaters have fibers in them which prevent shrinking. Also, the dryer cycle is at least as important as the washing cycle for felting, be sure to put soap in, that helps the process. I don't know about the ones that shrink when you don't want them to.

Celeste Bergin said...

I need some of those arm warmers--they are cute! Good photos of you both "modeling"--the sweater is sooooo cool!

tony said...

The Ultimate in Dangerous Chic !

Charles Gramlich said...

those look pretty cool. I mean. warm.

grrl + dog said...

looks like the monster in the back ground is giving it the thumbs up too..

Jasmine said...

Susan this post made me smile so much. Love your creation and your modelling poses! xJ

Anja said...

Great project!!! I have one unintentionaly-felted sweater (ahem...) and this is just perfect.

ArtSparker said...

Anja- Cool! You have inspired me many times.

jess said...

I must make these- not only for my arms, but my legs. When I'm walking in 25* weather, I NEED these.
I love your poses, too. :)

Tomás Serrano said...

They look for fighting! Even more with the "monster" behind...

Titus said...

Like the knuckledusters, but in love with the jumper. Also a little aghast at the number of jumpers 'accidentally' felted at your house...
The dragon is to die for.

yvette said...

I rather not fight with you!

Rosie said...

But who is that animal behind you? Please post a bigger picture of him and what is his name?

herhimnbryn said...

Wow! I do like your 'knuckledusters'. But you must know that the mosaic beastie behind you caught my eye too!

Plush Possum Studio said...

What a fun idea! And yes, John Hurt's Storyteller coat is to die for! I wish we all felt comfortable dressing so dynamically in ordinary waking reality! Life would be more spontaneously freeing for everyone involved.
Rose

kyra faith said...

Love the arm warmers and accident or not, that sweater is definitely unique and lovely.