Saturday, October 18, 2008

A perfect marriage of wool and paper.

It all started with a simple custom order request. I saw it on etsy, their feature called alchemy to be specific. Someone wanted tags for mittens, but not just any mittens — mittens made from former sweaters. Recycling! I thought the paper I make with wool added to it would be perfect, so I sent a message. And that's when I met Charlotte of HandCandy Mittens. She agreed that the tags would be awesome so I whipped up a little design using graphics she had and the tags were born. Well, that is, after I made so much paper so quickly I thought I'd never recover! But, I did. Good thing too, because she wants more! 1000 of them. Holy cow.

These definitely count as one of my favorite creations ever.

Although it takes a lot longer to make paper with wool, mohair and other threads — the effect is well worth it. I love how some of the threads hang right out of the paper so you can see and feel them. The yarn comes straight from the scraps left over from my husband's weaving. When he has to cut a piece he's woven off of the loom, he saves the scraps for me.

The paper is a mix of junk mail, used envelopes, used office paper and whatever else I find, and these ones included seeds that I collected from the plants I grow: lunaria, lavender, marigolds, bachelor buttons, snapdragons and poppies.

As a thank you, which was totally unnecessary but very, very thoughtful, Charlotte sent me not one but TWO pairs of mittens, and they came inside the coolest recycled bag ever - a black t-shirt made into a sack. The mittens are the perfect size and they are so soft and thick. They're lined with fleece. It won't be cold enough to use them for a while here, but when I need to, I know they'll be plenty warm.



Now my husband and I get to bicker over who gets what pair. I think he's going to have to order his own though.



You can get your hands on the mittens by visiting HandCandy's online store.

Better snap a few pairs up while you can — at only $20 a pair they'll be gone fast!

12 comments:

threemoonbabies said...

Love the tags!...and the mittens! Great work:)

Estela said...

I love your tags! That's such a great idea and it went so well with her product! Her mittens are very cool too!!

MaryMarsh said...

That is so cool to make paper using wool scraps! You are too clever & creative! Love those mittens too! They are fantastic! :)

Jan said...

Wow, I'm really impressed by your recycled creations and ideas!

Digital Misfit said...

Fantastic tags - and such a perfect match for those gorgeous mittens!

Leah said...

Those tags are gorgeous!! Love the mittens too!

shannon said...

Woah, I would have never thought of making paper out of wool! Her mittens look really warm too.

emma said...

Very cool mittens!

Nyblaque said...

wow thats it the best creation for paper using wool i have ever seen. I love it. I love to order some of those in the near futute. Beautiful work

Be well,

Ny

Kala Pohl Studio said...

Love the tags and mittens - how incredibly creative:)

Andrea said...

What a great idea - I never would have thought of combining paper and wool. What beautiful mittens you got!

Charlotte Reid said...

Well, I must say, it feels so good to hear such warm words about my mittens...pun intended! Holly's tags are so cool! I went to a craft show to sell mittens and when I told the folks they could plant the totally recycled tag, they went gaga! I knew they would!! I cannot thank Holly enough for her lovely work and loving care that she put into my tags...She is the goto girl for all things paper! Keep on recyclin, gang!