And done!

I’m calling this little patch of stitching done!

That’s the one I just did now, and just for reminders, here are the ones I did back in November.

That’s the one on the cuff.

And that’s the one on the front near the pocket.

And here’s the one on the back up by the shoulder.

And here’s where I’m super mean and say no, I can’t really take a picture that shows them to you all at once (several people asked last time).  That’s because they’re all over the place on the sweater, and you can’t actually see them all at once.  So you’ll just have to take my word for it that they’re festive!

And as for how to do it?  I can’t really tell you because I was just making it up (and I highly recommend that approach…you’re not going to hurt anything by experimenting).  But if you want some hand holding, this book is good (think stitch dictionary, but for embroidery rather than knitting).  And if you want some ideas for what to stitch, there are some adorable things in this one.  But really, you can probably just wing it!

One more round

Remember back in November when I had some holes in an old sweater? And I hated the idea of shopping so much that I decided to embroider over the things instead of buying a new sweater (you can follow along on the whole adventure over here if you’re so inclined, scroll down…).

Yeah, well the sweater got another hole (kittens…blame kittens).  But once you’re that invested in fixing something, you’re not going to let it go for one more little hole.  You’re going to grab the same batch of threads you used last time and stitch on it some more.

And that’s just what I did.  That’s what it looked like after round one.

And here’s round two.

I think there will be a round three as well.

The original bits of stitching have held up well over the last few months, so I don’t feel like it’s wasted time.  I am, however, running low on these colors and may grab an extra skein of them so that when the next hole inevitably appears, I’m ready to fix it too.

Officially now decorations, not holes!

So let’s see where we ended up.  First the sleeve.

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Then the shoulder.

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Then the front.

DSC_2852 copyI love it.  Totally couldn’t be happier.  I’m actually considering doing this in a few other spots on the sweater where there are no holes just for the fun of it because I don’t want to be done yet.

And for folks asking or wondering, no it’s really not hard.  You can find embroidery floss at most any craft store.  The only other things you need are a needle (I like the blunt ones, but some people like pointy ones…experiment and see what you like) and maybe an embroidery hoop (I like the plastic ones better than the wooden ones because they’re less likely to snag your fabric).  If you want some hand holding, this book is good (think stitch dictionary, but for embroidery rather than knitting).  And if you want some ideas for what to stitch, there are some adorable things in this one.  But really, you can probably just wing it.

Now what do you think…would you do this (or a version of it…there are more subtle versions!) to a sweater that had a hole?  Or is it a bit too odd to see the light of day?

I’m starting to like the holes in my sweater

So I took a break from the hole on the front of the sweater and moved onto the one on the cuff of the sleeve.  The first round of stitching looked something like this.

DSC_2822 copyThen I spent some time on the one on the back of the shoulder (right where the front, back, and sleeve all come together).  It’s working out something like this.

DSC_2824 copyIn both cases I’ve gone with stabilizing (or really even emphasizing) the hole rather than trying to hide it.  And both spots will be getting Lots More Stitches before this is over.  But I’m having so much fun I wanted to show off some process shots as we go.

There’s still a hole in my sweater

It’s true…the hole (or rather holes) are  still there.  But I find I don’t mind them so much now!

DSC_2785 copyFull disclaimer, I know next to nothing about embroidery.  Which should be fairly obvious to anyone who does know something about it.  So apologies if you’re cringing over there.

DSC_2788 copyMy approach really is more or less keep doodling until it starts to look interesting.  I think it’s a viable technique, all things considered.

DSC_2803 copyI mean really, if you hate it, you can pick it back out.  And I sort of don’t hate it.  I might actually rather like it!

So what do you think?  Is that one done, or should I do a few more?  I’m considering moving onto the other holes and coming back to this one once they’re done (just so I don’t lose all enthusiasm and let it sit half mended in the closet for 3 months).  But there’s a part of me that wants to keep going until that’s 6 inches across!