This one has just managed to slip through into the December Make Something Every Month. It’s a refashion rather than a full-blown make, but it still counts.
I am in Wales, visiting my Dad (we’re not Welsh, he just likes living there), and have had a bit of time to mess about with some beading work, and the cardigan has now been blinged up, and I’m very happy with it.
I started with the collar, big crystals first, then filling in with the smaller crystals and the seed beads and sequins. Then I took the original buttons off and replaced them with AB crystals, and sewed up the front opening, so that it’s no longer a cardigan but a plain old jumper. Finally I backed the collar and button band with some satin bias binding, to hide the beading threads, and make it nice.
I had originally thought I would put some beading on the cuffs as well as on the collar & button band, but the ribbing of the cuffs is a lot wider, and it wouldn’t have matched, so I decided against it. I reckoned I’d got the beading about right on the rest of the jumper and it didn’t need any extra on the cuffs. If, upon wearing this, I find it really needs some extra bling about the wrists, I’ve still got plenty of supplies and can add some later. But I don’t think it will need it.
And of course there has to be the obligatory goofy shot. This is me admiring my Dad’s space telescope: