Sunday, March 8, 2009

Upcyclers from the Carried Away Bags Team!

Now I go through a lot of crates full of fabric scraps, and pull many a pair of pants out of the dumpster, but there is far more goods being discarded than I can save. So, I would like to start saluting other "upcyclers". In the old days we were called thrifty forward-thinking householders, but thats a rant for another day.

The first piece, is a rag bag by debs196 from Florida. Made from cloth yarn - long thin strips of cloth - I love the colors and the construction looks functional and interesting. Even the lining fabric matches brilliantly. Hats off to a crochet queen! (P.S. the listing is so precise it includes the button diameter, yeah!)

Looking at SasakiCreations you might get the impression that Hawaiians drink too much coffee, but I'm sure with her sales volume she must have a friend at the Kona Co. Using old burlap bags is no new idea but these are full of style and class. Mixing fancy purses with reclaimed materials does work, and here's the proof!

How many of us have slipped that mohair lovely in with the whites? I blame a washer with a funky temperature gauge for all my fulling mishaps, but these two team members are doing this on purpose. NaughtyMonkey in Los Angeles is using old warm fuzzies in a very chic way, I might have worn the original sweater, but doesn't that pattern lend it's self to the bag? This seller also has colorful felted cuffs and many other wool based goods, go check it out!

ThePuddlePeople has a variety of funky felted goods, some recycled, but I had to follow my heart and pick my two favorite colors, pink and black. You can almost see the traces of knitting still in the black felt, shadows of a former self.

I'm so glad to be in good company on the CAB team, and always happy to see others scavenging in the garbage. Be sure you visit these shops to check out all they have to offer!


naughtymonkeys said...

Wow, what an honor to be included with these talented designers! It's so cool seeing the different ways we all reuse the stuff that's out there -- amaaaaaazing work!

Thanks for the shout out, Pink. You're not just crafty, you have excellent taste, too :-)

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