In agreement, wool is fabulous….

Continuing on with a warm wooly theme today, after a gift of 3 inches of snow and cold, cold temperatures outside.  (Could have been worse, as they are experiencing out east!)

I have long been a fan of Odile Gova, proprietor of Woollyfabulous on Etsy.  She works with wool, embroidery and brass zippers.  She has a style and technique that is all hers!  I love what she makes….she has a gift!    

When my friend, Gail, mentioned that an artist who made brooches of felted wool and zippers was featured in the American Patchwork and Quilting , Feb 2011 magazine ….I immediately  knew from  her description who it was……Odile, of course…..


Yesterday, I sat down and tried her technique of installing zipper tape as an edging around wool……

IMG_0480 Much more fiddly than it appears!  Here is my first attempt…..LOL!


Let me say here that I do not want to copy the work of Odile, I want my work to look much different from hers .  But, nonetheless, I am geeked by the idea of incorporating zippers, and maybe even wool balls, cording, a little embroidery, and needle felting into the brooches (embroideries, wall pieces???) I make….and to see where this idea leads me….maybe a dead end….maybe not.  I just want to thank Odile, and give her credit for the wonderful inspiration!  Experimenting with new ideas, and  evolving  are what keeps the brooches interesting, challenging and fun to make. 

I was a little happier with the zipper tape installed around the button of this brooch…..IMG_0475a start.  

Well…..back to mosaics later…..

Have a good day,



8 thoughts on “In agreement, wool is fabulous….”

  1. So this is why I’ve been cutting out the zippers (and buttons and hooks and eyes) from my old clothes that were not good enough to donate. I’m a sewing hoarder. I admit it. And I’m glad because every now and then I run into a post like this, and I am inspired! Thank you. Patsye

  2. I was in the store at the mall today and saw some really pretty pins I liked. There was a real pretty gray one with a pink button-had to rush home and see if it went with any of my clothes. I LOVE them.

  3. I know how much you admired woollyfabulous, how wonderful for Gail to have found the article! Great job, Deb, I love the zipper around the button!

  4. Very cool! I know you’ll come up with your very own, always inspired, Esther Stephania creations… can’t wait to see them.

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