Done! Er…for now…

And with that, I'm calling this patch of stitching done. The first bit of stitching was in a previous post, the middle bit is below.  If you want to watch the progression of stitches on these, you can check out the embroidery tag on here and scroll backwards. Now, it's all but certain I will get/find another hole in this some time soon.  And I've given in and bought spare of all the colors I used stitching this so I can keep repairing it as I run out of thread (it's just DMC embroidery floss, which you can find for [...]

October 18, 2018|


Yes, yes the cardigan is back.  Remember it, the one I've been stitching on for, um, two years now on and off (scroll down)?  Yeah, it's back. The fact that this gets so many holes is proof either that I'm too rough on my clothes, that it was too delicate to begin with, or that I wear it all the time and therefore just beat up on it a lot.  Possibly all three.  But at this point, I'm not sad to see the holes, so I don't really see a problem.

October 11, 2018|

Just a little bit more

And here's the third patch for this go round. This one was another hole at the edge of the pocket (and a good reminder that if I ever knit a sweater, I should maybe do something to reinforce the corners of the pockets from the get go). And that's probably the end.  Probably.  I need to give the whole thing one more check to see if there are any other spots that need attention before it goes back in the closet!

December 14, 2017|

More Mending

So remember that sweater? The one that I spent far too much time mending already (scroll'll see it)?  Yeah...yeah so it's due for another round.  It's got a few holes (I wear it all the time, I climb on rocks and through prickly things more than I should, and I have kittens...holes are a given).  I've  got some thread, and I clearly have an excess of free time. I should probably just find another pajama sweater...I've had this one since at least 2014 and I've worn it more than just about anything else in my closet. But I love [...]

December 7, 2017|

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 [...]

March 29, 2017|

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. [...]

March 22, 2017|

Officially now decorations, not holes!

So let's see where we ended up.  First the sleeve. Then the shoulder. Then the front. I 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 [...]

November 17, 2016|

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. Then 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. In 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 [...]

November 12, 2016|

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! Full 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. My approach really is more or less keep doodling until it starts to look interesting.  I think it's a viable technique, all things considered. I 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 [...]

November 9, 2016|
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