Deanna Williamson, Celebrity Sock Kitty, 2016,
Deanna Williamson, Celebrity Sock Kitty, 2016

A few years ago I found a book kit at Books-A-Million called Stupid Sock Creatures.  I loved the idea of creating oddball sock dolls and immediately began saving up old socks and gloves and buying new ones at salvage stores. However, I didn’t have time to actually make anything with those socks until a couple of years ago when I retired.

I spent the first few months of my retirement in a kind of limbo trying to decide what to do next. During that time I got out the stash of socks  – and some gloves – and started cutting and stitching them into imaginary creatures. I cut and stitched for hours on end while binge watching through an entire television series. The TV series was forgettable but some fun critters emerged from the sock/glove collection.  Like the Hello Kitty© sock above and the imaginary creature below.

Deanna Williamson, Sock Creature, 2016,
Deanna Williamson, Sock Creature, 2016



Deanna Williamson, Charis's China, mosaic door hanger, 2016,
Deanna Williamson, Charis’s China, mosaic door hanger, 2016

Pique assiette (or picassiette) is mosaic made from bits of broken china, pottery, glass, figurines, and/or jewelry. You can use these materials to make a conventional picture, decorate a piece of furniture or even cover an entire house.  A good example of the latter is the mosaic garden in France called Maison Picassiette. Probably the most famous collection of pique assiette is in the city of Barcelona where public places are filled with mosaics by the architect Antoni Gaudi. He and his assistants covered walls, benches, buildings, and fountains  with shards of broken dishes and pottery.

Pique assiette appeals to the modern interest in upcycling. It also gives a way to preserve items of sentimental value like the roses on this humble door hanger. They are shards of cups, saucers and plates from my daughter’s china collection.  It took a few years for the children to break this many things but it was worth the wait.


Deanna Williamson, Starfish, 17 x 27, latchhooked rug, 2016,
Deanna Williamson, Starfish, 17 x 27, latch hooked rug, 2016

Here is another latch hooked rug made of recycled t shirts.  I made it for a friend of mine who loves everything marine.  She says her cats are enjoying this rug.

Below is a detail of the starfish. I hooked in extra strands into it to make it look more defined.

Deanna Williamson, Starfish detail, 17 x 27, latch hooked rug, 2016,
Deanna Williamson, Starfish detail, 17 x 27, latch hooked rug, 2016



Deanna Williamson, Coaster 1, 6" x 6", denim
Deanna Williamson, Coaster 1, 6″ x 6″, denim
Deanna Williamson, Coaster 4, 6" x 6", denim
Deanna Williamson, Coaster 4, 6″ x 6″, denim
Deanna Williamson, Coaster 3, 6" x 6", denim
Deanna Williamson, Coaster 3, 6″ x 6″, denim
Deanna Williamson, Coaster 4, 6" x 6", denim
Deanna Williamson, Coaster 4, 6″ x 6″, denim

This is a good way to recycle worn-out or out-grown jeans. And it makes a very practical coaster.  These lie flat, are absorbent, machine washable and dryable, and very easy to make.

  1. Cut the denim into whatever size squares – or circles –  you want.
  2. Stitch two or more layers together by hand or on a machine.
  3. Color them with permanent felt tip markers.  You can color on both sides and make them reversible.

When you wash them the first couple of times they will get some straggly looking loose threads loose around the edges. Just trim them off with scissors – unless you LIKE scraggly looking edges. To each his (or her) own.


Deanna Williamson, Popcorn Tree,7.5" x 7.5", copper foil
Deanna Williamson, Popcorn Tree, 7.5″ x 7.5″, copper foil

Repoussé is a process in which lines or shapes are pressed into the back of metal foil to make an image stand out on the other side.  My piece above is really more like foil embossing than genuine repoussé, which can involve expensive tools and metal.

I chose a tree as a subject because line is often a dominant element in this medium. This particular tree was inspired by a gnarly popcorn tree outside my kitchen window. The patterns in between the branches are based on zentangles. These make good fillers for any spaces that need pattern added in.

If you’re interested in more details about the process of repoussé, here are a couple of good references. Read this one if you’re working with children or just want to try it out without going to a lot of expense. Go here if you want to see the real deal. If you want to see some fabulous work, look at this Pinterest page and others like it.


D.Williamson, Super Hero Ethos, 27" x 17", latchhooked rug made of recyled t-shirts
D.Williamson, Super Hero Ethos, 27″ x 17″, latch-hooked rug made of recycled t-shirts

I designed this rug for my grandson whose room is decorated with super hero comic figures. It’s made of t-shirts cut into strips and latch-hooked onto regular rug canvas.  If you like recycling, this is a perfect way to use up some old shirts.