The Sweater Chop Shop: Sewing One-of-a-Kind Creations from Recycled Sweaters

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Recycle, Re-create, Re-enjoy

You don't even need a sewing machine to upcycle old sweaters into new wearables, blankets, pillows, and dolls that are fresh, playful, and utterly captivating.

It's easy as felting the wool, cutting the pieces for your new project, and stitching everything together using simple hand-sewing skills.

Noted designer Crispina ffrench shares her techniques and passion as she ...

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Overview

Recycle, Re-create, Re-enjoy

You don't even need a sewing machine to upcycle old sweaters into new wearables, blankets, pillows, and dolls that are fresh, playful, and utterly captivating.

It's easy as felting the wool, cutting the pieces for your new project, and stitching everything together using simple hand-sewing skills.

Noted designer Crispina ffrench shares her techniques and passion as she introduces you to the beautiful possiblities in old sweaters.

"Crispina's blankets and throws and rugs are piled on and over each other on my beds, chairs, couches, and floors. She's a great artist who understands texture and how it adds individuality and comfort to a home, not to mention a car, or an old refurbished orange trunk seat!!" - Carly Simon

"Crispina makes the most beautiful soulful blankets, pillows, and sweaters, out of people's old sweaters. In this amazing and magical book she shares her secrets so that you can do it too." - Ben Cohen, cofounder of Ben & Jerry's

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603421553
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 8/5/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 976,380
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Crispina ffrench started her recycled design business in 1987 while still a student at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Her manufacturing operation, Crispina Design Workshop is located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  She has exhibited at the prestigious American Craft Council Exhibit as well as the New York International Gift Show.

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

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    A Unique Twist

    This is such an inspiring book! I have been felting old wool sweaters for several years and it was beginning to feel stale. This book has unusual designs and clever ideas for even your scraps of wool. All of the projects are hand sewed, though I use my machine for most projects and then embelish by hand. Crispina Ffrench has beautiful ideas and if you like unique designs, this is the book for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    Mediocre

    This book has some redeeming qualities I must say. Things like how to use even the smallest of scraps from your wool sweater stash, the author's personal story and her witty asides, and some new joins that I had not thought of. The book is also great for someone who wants to learn how to start the whole process of upcycling and recycling old wool sweaters. If you have any experience with this medium I think it is redundant and not very fulfilling with material. I will keep it because it is a pretty book but I have a feeling it will only get pulled out 1 time a year.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Sweater Chop Shop

    I have added this book tomy permanent libray after looking thriugh it at a friend's house. It is filled with many inspiring projects. Instructions are easy to follow and comprehensive and the pictures are great. I enjoy picking up this book and looking throught it from time to time just for the inspiration!! definitely worth the money.

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