I have been working on my second project from Kayte Terry's book Embellishing - Techniques and Projects and have been having a lot of fun with it! This woman is amazing and I love so many things in her book! I really like that a lot of the projects are quite simple and really inexpensive. I am looking forward to a day with cooler weather just so I can sport my new sweater vest!
Here is the photo from the book used as inspiration:
Here is what I came up with:
(sorry, no cute bike to prop with!)
The hand stitching was the most time consuming part of this project. The needle had a difficult time getting through the thick weave of the wool.
The book shows the edges of their fabric frayed, but I stitched around each square with my sewing machine so that they wouldn't fray too much.
Don't worry about getting your stitches looking exact. It's nice to have it a little imperfect, otherwise it would look factory made and that would defeat the whole purpose! Handmade items always have character!
I also added this nice little detail!
FYI: wool suiting material can be very expensive but you only need about 1/8 of a yard (if that) and discounted remnants can usually be found in the clearance section of the fabric store.
sweater from thrift store: $3.50
wool plaid fabric: $2.50
Embroidery thread: 2 qty. at .35 cents/ea.
heat and bond: $1.59
Total cost: $8.29
Total time: 3 hours
***To view another great embellishing project from Kayte Terry's book, click here!***