A cashmere shawl woven from unravelled and dyed thrift store sweaters. A jacket from a blanket. Dresses from Hawaiian shirts. Slim jeans from an enormous man's nearly new Levi's.
Sharon McNary's wardrobe is full of creatively repurposed thrift store finds.
In this workshop, she'll share her techniques and teach you the tricks for finding your own quality materials: where to buy, what to look for, when to buy, and what's not worth your time and money.
See how she turned three classic 100% cotton Hawaiian shirts into a dress—and how you, too, can transform thrift store garments using commercial sewing patterns.
Learn how to efficiently unravel a thrift store sweater to reuse the yarn. (Sweater included, or bring your own.)
A sweater can be dyed as a blank, then unravelled to get a nice long gradient yarn. Or it can be unravelled first, dyed, and transformed into something new—a knitted cowl, perhaps, or woven dishtowels.
Sharon will show how to go from a ball of yarn to tying up a skein for dyeing and demonstrate how little is required to dye animal fibers like cashmere and wool. After this workshop, you'll never look at a thrift store rack, or your own castoffs, the same way again.