Friday, March 2, 2012

Featured Artist: Lambkin Toques

Merino Wool Toque
Did you know that a toque, brimless hat, could be made from a refashioned sweater?  Well it can!  And you can find some super cozy looking toques at  Lambkin Toques! The artist is Marcella and she is offering up one lucky reader the pick of her shop but she's also offering everyone else a 20% shop-wide discount through March 16 (just enter the coupon code UPCYCLEDSTUFF20 at checkout).  A bit more about how you can win one of these for yourself after we learn a bit about the artist.

Tell us a little about your shop and your art.
I make toques out of reclaimed wool. I also make other accessories as I become inspired (e.g., cup cozies, cowls, yoga socks, etc). Old unloved sweaters are my media of choice. I started making hats when I couldn't find one that I liked. I'd see sweaters at thrift stores and think that would make a perfect hat. Then the lightbulb went on and I decided to do just that.  Now I can't stop!

Alpaca Headband
Where do you take your inspiration from?

I honestly have to say I enjoy making every single toque. I love the process of being inspired by the material and pattern of a sweater. I enjoy showing people that products made out of recycled materials can be just as fresh and new feeling as products that are made from new materials.

What do you want readers to know about you or your art?
Wool Cowl

Someday, I'd like to try to make my own furniture out of reclaimed wood. I like to reuse materials as much as possible rather than buying something new. It takes a lot of resources and energy to make new products, I want to help reduce that by making sustainable choices. I'm far from perfect, I do what I can and take it easy on myself for things I can't.

Slouchy Mohair Toque
Sounds like my kind of gal!  Okay, time to enter to win a toque (or other upcycled item from Lambkin Toques) of your own and it's easy as one, two, three!  Be sure to enter one comment for each action that you take below.  On Thursday, March 8, at 6:00pm EST will determine the winning comment number!  Now get busy tweeting, sharing and commenting (and be sure you leave some way for me to contact you in case you are the winner):

1.  Visit Lambkin Toques and tell us your favorite item below
2.  Tweet this post and be sure to include @LambkinToques


  1. Very nice! I love this one!

  2. Tweeted! via @Teamupcyclers :)and included @LambkinToques

  3. Well, I could use to select the winning comment number but does it really matter? :) Congrats Bee Busby!


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