GlindaBunny

Glindabunny Creations

Utah, United States · 53 Sales

GlindaBunny

Glindabunny Creations

Utah, United States 53 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Note from shop owner My shop is currently on vacation.

I need a break. I know my shop isn't busy, but my kids are really high need right now (and getting into EVERYTHING), my husband is struggling with his chemistry and busy career (with a long commute) and needs a lot of support. I would rather not have an order ship late because of family stuff, so my shop is on vacation. I'll be back as soon as I can, hopefully in November.

Merino wool g-tube pads are very easy to make. If you need help or suggestions, please feel free to send me a conversation. It might take a couple days, but I'll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Have a great day! ...and if you're viewing this, I hope you're getting more sleep than I am.

:)

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Oct 1, 2014

My shop is currently on vacation.

I need a break. I know my shop isn't busy, but my kids are really high need right now (and getting into EVERYTHING), my husband is struggling with his chemistry and busy career (with a long commute) and needs a lot of support. I would rather not have an order ship late because of family stuff, so my shop is on vacation. I'll be back as soon as I can, hopefully in November.

Merino wool g-tube pads are very easy to make. If you need help or suggestions, please feel free to send me a conversation. It might take a couple days, but I'll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Have a great day! ...and if you're viewing this, I hope you're getting more sleep than I am.

:)

Rachel Faul

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Rachel Faul

About

Once isn't enough for most things

I've developed a fascination for wool over the past few years... more specifically, recycled wool.

It began, as most of my projects do, with a problem.

My three children - one boy and twin girls - are all on the autism spectrum. They have sensory challenges. My little boy couldn't stand wearing the stiff denim or khaki pants available at the store. I noticed how much he adored very soft things.

I grew up poor (dad was a middle school science teacher and mom stayed home with me and my four siblings), so thrift stores weren't new to me.

What was new, however, was the idea that I could find great quality materials there that I had no chance of affording otherwise. My first exposure to recycled wool was with 100% cashmere sweaters from the local thrift store. I could barely sew, having taught myself how to use a sewing machine only months before (in order to fill another immediate need in my family). There were some bumps along the way, but sewing soft cashmere pants for my little boy was rewarding and thrilling. I found other uses for the leftover bits of cashmere, then became interested in other kinds of wool sweaters.

I've worked with all kinds of wool from thrift store sweaters, in various stages of felting - from practically new virgin wool that almost unraveled into pristine yarn on its own, to incredibly dense, matted, felted wool that was so thick my scissors couldn't cut through it.

I don't always felt the sweaters I buy from the thrift store, although I do always wash them. Depending on the type of knit, some sweaters are a more valuable source of raw materials if I carefully disassemble the pieces without cutting the knit, wash them separately, and unravel them into wool yarn. Some sweaters have great unfelted yarn but are serged at the seams. Unraveling this yarn would leave a bunch of short lengths of yarn - not very helpful to most knitters. These pieces have tons of other uses, though.

I can't knit or crochet. I've tried. The last time someone tried to teach me, I cried in frustration. I do have a recently developed fondness for needle felting, though - something I first tried at the end of 2012. The needle felting kits at the local craft store seemed pretty pricey. After a little research and with the help of my husband (and some steel wire, a very sharp knife, and a blowtorch), I had a couple homemade felting needles. They weren't quite as sharp as the commercial versions, but they worked surprisingly well. I bought two cat slicker brushes for $4.49 each at the local grocery store to use as makeshift wool carders, and discovered I could easily turn bits of wool yarn into puffy wool roving, perfect for needle felting!

Some kinds of wool are wonderful for turning back into roving; other kinds aren't so great. I've learned a lot through my research and will continue to develop techniques. Hopefully soon I can publish a free online tutorial so other home crafters can recycle wool sweaters for more than just the standard felted clothing or accessories.

Time isn't so plentiful around our house, so it'll be a long process. I work on a little here and a little there whenever I get a free moment. Three high need little kids, one of whom is now on hospice care, require a lot of time and attention. I never forget why I do what I do. If I can solve a need using materials that would otherwise be discarded, I can make this world just a tiny bit less wasteful. If I can help others do the same, even better. Resources aren't limitless on our planet. I want to show my respect to the earth by trying to consume a little less of those resources and by reducing a little waste. Right now, wool is one of my favorite mediums for doing just that.

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  • Rachel

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    I'm a maker mom with ADD. I'm pathologically creative, curious, and always learning and trying new things. Check out some of my tutorials on instructables.com if you want to see the things I make that aren't for sale.

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Last updated on August 14, 2013
Welcome to my newly reopened Etsy store! I've gotten into upcycling sweaters made from natural wool into various accessories. Stay tuned as I add more stuff. Want something you don't see here? Talk to me if you're interested in discussing a custom order.

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I accept paypal, direct checkout, and Etsy gift certificates and will ship within 3 business days of receiving cleared payment.
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I ship USPS priority mail with delivery confirmation. Unfortunately, the recent shipping rate increase for international shipping has made it too expensive for me to offer to ship anywhere outside the US.
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My sales are final, but if there's a defect with something, let me know so we can work something out.