In my typical recycling junkie fashion, I have been scoping out the local thrift stores. I was sad to find out that my favorite Salvation Army closed down a few months ago. I was then recently happily surprised to find that it reopened in a bigger, cleaner and much nicer location. I found the following women's coats which i plan to wash and then deconstruct.
I have taken this approach a number of times. In fact, it is one of the things I pride myself of. I recycle quite a bit of the material I use. Some of these coats are in rather nice condition and it seems a bit of a shame to cut them up. On the other hand when I can buy a coat like one of these for between $6 and $8 each, I find this to be the cheapest source of wool around. Cut and fashion are of little concern when I am shopping. In fact the uglier and older the coat, the cheaper I can usually get the item. I strip out all the lining, padding and trip and then wash the entire coat in one piece. The wool is a nice heavy wool and fairly well felted already. After washed I tumble dry it twice with some tennis balls to beat it up a bit more. Obviously it strinks a bit more, but that is OK. For this project I intend to shred these coats up good and proper.
The three basic colors for the wool which I will be using are from the following three coats (Purple, aqua, black)