Where Unwanted Sweaters Become Unique & Useful

Waterford, Michigan · 49 Sales


Where Unwanted Sweaters Become Unique & Useful

Waterford, Michigan 49 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Note from shop owner Awoolgatherer will be closed indefinitely. Please check back soon to shop for warm woolens and cozy creations made from recycled wool sweaters. Thank you!

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Last updated on Sep 23, 2014

Awoolgatherer will be closed indefinitely. Please check back soon to shop for warm woolens and cozy creations made from recycled wool sweaters. Thank you!


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Toshie Lim

Toshie Lim on May 6, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Colors are same as photos. It seems a little bigger in photo but I still love it!

Anonymous on Sep 25, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

These are so adorable and warm and well-crafted. Excellent purchase, great gift! Thanks Amy!

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Someone said, "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." That sounds about right.

I started making things out of felted wool sweaters a few years back after rediscovering knitting, and through that, the newest fad in crafting: felting. I fell in love with the concept of felting, but despite the love of the finished product, I didn't have the patience to knit something up and then shrink it. I found a great book at my local library about creating things from recycled wool sweaters and it changed my life.

It's been a slow process for me to establish my Etsy shop in the midst of homeschooling kids and working part-time, but I just love making things. Actually, it's more than a love of making things. I cannot not create. I must do it or I just feel off, somehow empty or missing a part of myself. I love immersing myself in the creative process and the feeling of fulfillment that I get when I make something with my own two hands and my one busy, overloaded, stuffed-full-of-ideas brain. And I'm still thrilled when I think about being part of this great marketplace called Etsy!

In my spare time, I enjoy:
>spending time with my husband, kids, friends and the rest of my family
>curling up in my cozy corner of the couch reading or watching movies, and eating dark chocolate
>trying out ideas I discover on Pinterest: I freely admit I'm addicted to fashion boards, homemade cleaning products, recipe reading, and looking at pictures of decrepit buildings
>volunteering my time and talents to my kid's drama group (check it out:

“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
― Maya Angelou


Shop members

  • Amy Chrisman

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I'm Amy. I'm a wife, mother of three, slave to one sassy little dog, chauffeur and chief bottle washer and cook, and in my spare time, I like to make things out of felted wool sweaters.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 9, 2013
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit my shop! I'm so excited to offer the items for sale here that I have proudly handcrafted with love. I hope you like what you see and come back for more.

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All my wool creations are made by first washing a sad, lonely, unloved sweater in hot water and drying on high heat, a process called fulling, but more commonly referred to as felting. This creates a dense fabric that can be cut without fraying or unraveling, and in the case of purses and bags, there is no need for lining (although I rather like linings in my purses and so usually all my handbags are made with a lining). Even though the materials used have previously been washed and dried on hot/high heat settings, handwash in cool water with mild detergent and lay flat to dry to maintain appearance and quality of the wool. Washing is not recommended for purses with wood handles or for stuffed animals and decorative items. Instead, surface or spot clean with a damp cloth and allow to air dry.

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Payment is expected within 3 days of purchase. If payment has not been received and no contact made, the sale will be cancelled and merchandise will be returned to inventory.

***Michigan residents will be charged 6% sales tax.***
When payment is received, I'll ship your order within 3 business days.

All shipping is done through USPS. Most items ship priority mail. Insurance is available at the buyer's cost. First Class International shipping will be used for all international sales. Once items are shipped, I cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items so if you would like your item insured, please contact me before sending payment.

***International Buyers – Please Note:
* Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges.
*These charges are the buyer's responsibility.
Refunds and Exchanges
Please, if you have a problem with your purchase, please email me first about it! I always want shopping experiences to be positive ones for my guests! I will do my best to resolve any issues and would prefer that you give me a chance to do so before leaving feedback.

If you are not completely happy with your purchase, it must be returned to me in the same condition it arrived in within 7 days of receipt. I will then refund your purchase amount less shipping charges.

If you are happy with your purchase, nothing gives me a greater sense of satisfaction than hearing back from you via feedback. To leave feedback about your purchases, log in to etsy, click the link on the top right of your screen labeled "your account", and then choose feedback from the list on the left side of your screen. A positive feedback lets me know I'm doing something right, and your additonal comments let other customers know what you like about your purchase.
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