When we think of arts and crafts for winter comfort, most of us immediately think of quilting, knitting, and crocheting blankets. However, these are only a few ways creative people are lowering their thermostats, saving money, and going Green while preserving family (or work group) peace.
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While the best remedy for cold feet and chilliness is to get up and move, traditional hand crafts offer a variety of ways to help feet retain warmth. Knitted socks, crocheted slippers, and quilted house boots are obvious possibilities. Synthetic “fun fur” also makes thick, warm slippers.
A less common type of foot warmer is a fabric cover for a reusable heat-holding device like a brick or hot water bottle…cheap, simple, easy to make, and safer for children and sick patients to use than an electric heater.
Warm Things to Wear
Winter fashions usually include a selection of coats, sweaters, caps, gloves, mittens, scarves, shawls, and lap blankets. Of course, these accessories are mass-produced and widely available in stores, but that does not discourage crafters from designing custom winter wear to suit individual tastes.
Many crafters remember Sammy the Snake, opponent of the draft…of cold air under the door. “He” was made by rolling insulating material, like worn-out rags, old newspapers, or plastic bags, into a bundle a little wider than a drafty doorway.
The bundle was wrapped in dense fabric or a plastic garbage bag, and covered with a simple piece of hand craft. A little snake face was optional; most of these insulators were probably finished with worn shopping bags.
New windows now come with their own pre-fitted winter storm panes. Older windows may still be insulated by tacking layers of plastic onto the outside window sill. Indoor insulators are more appealing, both because they form a canvas for creative decorating ideas and because they’re easily removed on sunny afternoons and replaced on cold nights.
Insulating material can be hung from a curtain rod if the rod supports its weight, or attached to a frame, a little longer and wider than the window. Decorating ideas include paper and crayons as well as needlework or fabric paint, and decorative inner covers can be changeable.
Personal Space Insulation
Workers in large, inefficiently heated buildings are sometimes forced to invent ways to retain (or block) heat inside their work space. Their inventions are usually similar to free-standing window insulator panels, only bigger.
Although free-standing insulator panels can enclose a full-sized “room,” multiple panels three or four feet wide are easier to use. Simple designs are easiest to mix and match throughout a building.
Hand crafts still provide warm clothes and blankets for those who are always chilly in winter, but new trends in “frugal Green chic” offer additional creative ways to keep warm in style.
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