Re-purposing Woven Neck Cowls

I have put weaving on hold for a little while.  It turns out we are having an early Christmas with my daughter and her Fiancé the weekend before Christmas, so I need to finish some projects off and do a huge tidy up before she arrives as I use the dining room as my craft room. 🙂

So, one of the things I have been doing with my leftover yarn from making long scarves is to make neck cowls.  However, I have never been 100% satisfied with them even though they look nice on and are very cosy.  That’s me.  I do like making v-cowls though, like the one below.

IMG_1396I make them using the no sew method by tying the fringe on the side and then I add extra fringe to make it look like it was woven in one piece as below.

IMG_1395 The scarf is reversible.  I wear this one often.  It is made with leftover alpaca and merino yarns I spun myself.  Since I took this photo, I moved the fringe on one side to balance it out better.  I had four neck cowls I wanted to change.  I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to add buttons to them like below as I was inspired by another weaver’s work, but she had already created the buttonholes as she was weaving.


Initially, I wanted to make/sew buttonholes, but was given advice that wasn’t as straight forward as I would have liked.  As I didn’t have time to practice sewing buttonholes, I went with snaps instead.


I had to untwist some of the fringe to disconnect the cowl (I did this for 4 cowls and it took a whole afternoon as there were knots that needed undoing also!). I sewed on the snaps and buttons.  I was able to slip the cowl over my head quite easily.  That is when I realised that I didn’t need to waste time sewing snaps (and thus saving them for another project) and just sewed the buttons and fixed them instead.  So here we go!


IMG_1592This one has yellow vintage casein buttons.


I am really happy with how these all turned out and will be adding them for sale.  They are a little more snug around the neck than by connecting from the side and that is what I really wanted, so a win all around.

While I was in my local haberdashers, I found some labels to add into my makes.


I spent a good hour stitching these onto presents for family.  They come on a roll, like ribbon.  I need to find a good place for more professional looking ones for my sale items.  If anyone can recommend a place, I would be grateful.  In the meantime, I will be using these for everything!

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