Lynn Gibson of Queenston Crafts in Winnipeg describes her passion for upcycling and sewing with natural fibres —
I make upcycled wool, cashmere and angora mittens from thrift store sweaters. I machine wash and dry the sweaters to encourage shrinking and felting of the wool so the mittens are thick and warm, and also line them with fleece for extra warmth and softness inside.
I’ve always loved crafts and have sewn and knit for years. Making sweater mittens is a way I can transform previously loved sweaters into one of a kind practical items everyone in our climate can appreciate.
Upcycing really inspires me. I like taking the previously loved sweaters and creating new wearable mittens and toys. It keeps the items from the landfill and allows me to share that with people. Many people tell me what a great idea it is and how they love the idea of reusing things in this way.