…growing up in the 70s, Jimmy Carter taught us to turn down the thermostat and don your wool sweaters. As an uprooted mid-Atlantic family newly transplanted to thrifty New England we dutifully obliged. Who wouldn’t? Fair Isles sweaters and the Prep look were all the rage and the harsh New England winters made you glad for all that warmth.
New England thrift became part of my being. My mother advised saving my colorful fairisle and colorblock sweaters, “so that your daughter can wear them someday”. As an avid rescuer of all things vintage, my favorite high school sweaters now serve as inspiration and resources for my crafty home accessories. (my daughter has no interest in wearing these dated, and itchy, sweaters)
I love crafting pillows. They can be changed to update your decor seasonally and are a perfect way to use your vintage supplies. Most wool sweaters can be easily felted to create a nice dense fabric from which you can simply cut into appliques. Stars and trees are simple and can be attached with either your sewing machine or via hand embroidery. Feel free to embellish with buttons, embroidery thread or any other vintage supply you may have on hand.