The second day of our makerspace at BITZ, unibz fablab, started with the theme of making garments and accessories to keep warm – scarves, mittens and hats – using old woolen or synthetic jumpers, tracksuit tops, and so on. People quickly adapted sleeves with stretchable fabrics, or loose knit weaves, into matching hats and scarves. A group of women worked together, and obviously inspired each other, by making matching outfits from one jumper to include a hat, neckscarf, stole, gloves and other accessories. Typically these emerged after 2 to 3 hours of cutting, stitching by machine and finishing by hand. The conversion of old woollens into upcycled attire is worth investigating as a service model.
Another lady demonstrated finger knitting, a wonderful technique that just required her fingers, some long flesh coloured boot laces and old wool. The speed of production of a three-dimensional tube was amazing and easily lent itself to visually arresting, lightweight, necklaces.
Our pop-up shop is quickly filling and offers an eclectic range of goods rarely found in one shop.