Saturday, May 30, 2015

Making Good - Refashioning a Cardigan








Hi everyone!

As the final participant in Agy's
 Making Good Blog Train, I chose to work on an old and discarded cardigan.
I found this cardigan clearing out my husband's grandmother's flat, heavily stained on the front panels. I decided to keep it and do something about it. The before picture has circles showing where the most persistent stains are. I tried taking them out with every little thing I could think of but to no avail.  

I was to use some inspiration from here, but in the end I decided that it would be best if I made some embroidered flowers on it.  

I drew the flowers on the stains and then worked on the position of the other flowers to get one nice and complete picture. For the flowers ( and leaves) I used the satin, split and back stitch. Oh, and I mustn't forget the French knots!





I like how it turned out and the best indicator that the work is well done is when my daughter asks to wear it - which she did :)

So I believe it will be used for many years more!

This post is part of a blog train hosted by Agatha from Green Issues by Agy
 "Making Good". What is repair, and why do we even bother to repair the things we have?  Some see repair as a way of reconnecting with our possessions as we extend their lives. Others see it as a form of creative potential and an avenue to express their craft.  The rewards for mending varies from feeling immense satisfaction to prolonging the life of the product. Follow the “Making Good” blog train this month and see what we have repaired and reconnected with. Have you mended anything today?

21 comments:

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

That is absolutely fantastic. Such a pretty color cardigan and the flowers really bring it to life. Excellent work! Tammy

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

Really nice Maya!!!!!
xxxxxx ale

Little Treasures said...

Thank you so much Tammy!

Little Treasures said...

Thank you Ale!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Your sweater refashion is beautiful as it is on your daughter. Enjoy the weekend!

Little Treasures said...

I really enjoyed working on it Julie! Thank you for dropping by!

Agy Lee said...

This is so pretty, I absolutely love it! I did something similar with my shirt but the embroidery is no where as beautiful as this. Thank you for taking part!

Little Treasures said...

Oh, that is so sweet of you to say Agy! Thank you so much for having me included in the train!

Eimear Greaney said...

its ever so pretty...... and beautifully done

Little Treasures said...

Thank you Eimear!

Linda said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Little Treasures said...

Thank you Linda!

handmade by amalia said...

So very pretty (as is your daughter). I'm especially impressed that the cardigan isn't 'tight' around the needlework, you have a delicate touch, Maya.
Amalia
xo

Little Treasures said...

Well it was very difficult not to get tight around the stitching since the knit fabric was quite thin, but it doesn't ruin the cardigan so I guess it is passable :)

Julie's Lifestyle said...

I love this sweater that you embroidered and makes it look so pretty. Thank you for linking up to our first Cooking & Crafting with J & J!

Little Treasures said...

It was my pleasure Julie! Happy hosting!

Kathleen Berlew said...

So pretty, and such a great idea!

Little Treasures said...

Thank you Kathleen!

Bonnie H said...

Very pretty cardigan. I love all of your embroidery work. Thanks for linking up at the Stitch It, Blog It, Share Link Party. I hope you’ll join us every Sunday night at 7 with more of your creative sewing projects.
~Bonnie @ Behind the Seams Sewing

Little Treasures said...

Thank you Bonnie! I will.

creativejewishmom.com said...

Love it Maya, thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!