WanderingLydia

Accessories & home decor from recycled materials.

182 Sales

WanderingLydia

Accessories & home decor from recycled materials.

182 Sales On Etsy since 2008

0 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   Handmade eco friendly designer wool hats, mushroom gardens, felt pins and stuffed toy animals made from recycled felted sweater wool. I get my sweaters from charitable thrift shops which supports their work and keeps the wool in use and out of a landfill. The sweaters are cleaned, felted and sometimes over dyed. All designs are my originals. Want to see more? Go to:http://wanderinglydia.blogspot.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/WanderingLydia
Please join me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Wandering-Lydia/137301086339485?sk=wall
•:*'""*:• Proud Member of the ETSY RECYCLERS GUILD •:*'""*:•
*Two of my hats are in the May/June issue of Belle Armoire's Salon*

Announcement

Handmade eco friendly designer wool hats, mushroom gardens, felt pins and stuffed toy animals made from recycled felted sweater wool. I get my sweaters from charitable thrift shops which supports their work and keeps the wool in use and out of a landfill. The sweaters are cleaned, felted and sometimes over dyed. All designs are my originals. Want to see more? Go to:http://wanderinglydia.blogspot.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/WanderingLydia
Please join me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Wandering-Lydia/137301086339485?sk=wall
•:*'""*:• Proud Member of the ETSY RECYCLERS GUILD •:*'""*:•
*Two of my hats are in the May/June issue of Belle Armoire's Salon*

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Jennifer Laponte

Jennifer Laponte on Apr 15, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

This hat is adorable and very warm. It has different patterns which I like very much. I will definitely wear it this winter.

Anonymous on May 29, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Awww, he's even cuter in person!! Just adorable and so very well made ~ I really love him :)! Thank you for another wonderful transaction :).

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About

Breathing New Life Into Existing Materials

The first hat I made from a felted repurposed sweater was for my son. At Waldorf school kids go out for recess unless the weather is extreme and are required to wear a warm hat when it's cold. He didn't want to wear any of the hats he had so I made him one that was "cool" enough for his sense of style and that was the start of Wandering Lydia. The world is full of orphaned wool sweaters just begging to be given a second chance at usefulness and I'm happy to oblige. The sweaters are washed and dried, turning them into felt that I can cut apart and reassemble into new hats or toys. I'm always on the lookout for vintage trims and craft supplies to throw into the mix. It's much more fun to design this way rather than buying all new materials. Lately silk neckties have caught my eye and I'm sure you'll be seeing more of them in my work. I find it very satisfying to breathe new life into these materials which could have all too easily gone into a landfill.
All the lovely, whimsical things in my shop were made by my hands with care and the hope that they will add joy to someone's life. There is a lot of hand sewing involved though I do try to use my vintage 1936 Singer sewing machine where it makes sense. Why a vintage sewing machine? Because it's built like a tank and can do jobs that put modern machines in the repair shop.
I graduated from the Paier College of Art and also exhibit my contemporary realist paintings at the Greene Gallery in Guilford, CT. Some of you may remember my work with polymer clay, particularly my development of new techniques for Liquid Sculpey. From time to time I still list some polymer pieces.

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  • Jody Bishel aka Lydia

    Owner, Maker, Designer, I Do It All!

    Wandering Lydia is a one woman shop created by me, Jody Bishel. Everything you see here has been made by me from original concept to finished piece. I stand behind everything I make and appreciate your support of real handmade.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 3, 2011
I make my hats by hand, one at a time from recycled and felted sweater wool. They are trimmed with crochet, felted patches and vintage buttons so no two will ever be exactly alike. They are hand washable in tepid water with a little mild detergent. Roll your hat in a thick bath towel and squeeze to remove most of the water, shape the hat and allow to air dry.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Payment may be made by Paypal, check or money order. If by personal check I will ship as soon as the check clears. Payment must be made within 10 days of purchase.
Shipping
I ship USPS unless we make other arangements. Multiple items to the same address ship for actual cost. International customers, please contact me for shipping costs.
Refunds and Exchanges
Please contact me and we can work out any problems that come up.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are most welcome! I have a huge stash so I can fill requests for particular colors and matching hats and scarves.