Deanna Williamson, Milo, sock person, 2016,
Deanna Williamson, Milo, sock person, 2016

In a previous post I introduced my new interest in creating sock creatures. Since I was recycling old socks for some of my creatures I started tie dying the the white ones to add color and originality. I also used bleach on old black socks to get some interesting effects.  Milo was made out of some hand dyed socks as were the dress and hair of the doll below.

Deanna Williamson, Sock Doll, 2016,
Deanna Williamson, Sock Doll, 2016

Below are a recently tie dyed / tie bleached batch of socks. It will be interesting to see what can be made from them.

Deanna Williamson, tie-dyed socks,
Deanna Williamson, tie-dyed socks


Deanna Williamson, Ornaments, recycled paper,
Deanna Williamson, Ornaments, recycled paper

These paper ornaments were made from toilet paper which had been draped all over a high school class room as part of a homecoming prank.

For those not familiar with the customs of American high schools, each year there is one special football game to which alumni are invited. Festivities include a formally dressed court, dances, and parties, etc. An unintended but fairly common side activity is a form of practical joke called “rolling yards”. This is the act of draping people’s property with rolls and rolls of toilet paper. It’s usually taken with good humor provided there is no serious or permanent property damage.

When my colleagues’ class room was “rolled”, it seemed a shame to throw away all that paper. So we bagged it up and recycled it into Christmas ornaments.

The process is simple: dip a wad of paper in some water and pack it into cookie cutters.  It will dry into rigid shapes that can be popped out, primed and painted.  Glue on a hanger and you’re done.

We made a lot of these, sold them to students and teachers and used the proceeds to purchase school supplies and uniforms for a child through Grace International World Outreach.

Moral of the story? Don’t get mad. Get busy. Have fun!


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.


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.