Crispina ffrench

Crispina ffrench, sweater and used clothing alchemist since 1987, currently lives in a renovated Roman Catholic rectory with her studio next door in the church in Pittsfield, MA. She divides her time between her children, recycling business, and developing the property she and her husband purchased in 2006. The goal is a community of creative endeavors including organic urban farming, utilizing sustainable building practices like rainwater catchment and alternative energy sources, and hotel/hostel music venue. This development is happening in collaboration with several like-minded reconstructionists of differentsorts.  Learn more at

Historically, Crispina ran a wholesale recycling company that manufactured blankets, rugs, pillows, sweaters and Ragamuffins from recycled textiles from 1987 until May 2008.

Her first book, The Sweater Chop Shop, was launched August 27, 2009 with Storey Publishing.


The Sweater Chop Shop: Sewing One-of-a-Kind Creations from Recycled Sweaters Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603421553
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - August 5th, 2009

You don't even need a sewing machine to upcycle old sweaters into new wearables, blankets, pillows, and dolls that are fresh, playful, and utterly captivating.

It's as easy as felting the wool, cutting the pieces for your new project, and stitching everything together using simple hand-sewing skills.

Noted designer Crispina ffrench shares her techniques and passion as she introduces you to the beautiful possibilites in old sweaters.