Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Another crafty Christmas gift

Hurray! Christmas is over, and I don't have to keep any more secrets!

This is a photo from an old issue of Marie Claire Idees. I've been wanting to do something like this for a while but hadn't quite decided just what it would be:

And then the Barneys holiday catalog arrived. In it was this photo:

Well, now I really had to do something. And since Christmas was on its way, what a perfect opportunity to make something for my niece!

Sorry the photos aren't so great. I wanted my decorations to be a little more random than the medallion/necklace motif on the sweater from Barneys. I fused printed fabric circles to craft felt (i.e. polyester, nylon, whatever it is) and stitched the circles onto a Gap sweater, also adding some swirls and a few buttons. The big pink flower is something my Grandma brought back from Mexico many years ago - it has a buttonhole in the center, so it can be buttoned onto something as embellishment. I thought it was fun as the centerpiece for the sweater.

When I was home last week, we stopped at Goodwill to pick up some wool sweaters to felt and I found this merino cardigan on the racks for $4. I think I might have to do another sweater for myself with it! I like the velvet on the center plackets; it looks vintage and worn, which will be perfect for this sort of embellishment.

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