Embellish Knit Month: Day 5

November 5, 2010

I found this cream pointelle sweater at Community Aid for $2. I had been looking for a pointelle sweater to replicate a look I had seen in Anthropologie years ago but hadn't found any in the right color, blue. So while I was looking on Wednesday I found this cream colored sweater and thought it would be pretty simple to dye it to the color I wanted.

A little back story on dying. I was at first intimidated by the idea of dying. When I watched contestants on Project Runway hand dye their garments it looked really impressive and the judges also had this look of awe when they found out it was hand dyed.
But a couple months ago I needed a fold over elastic and didn't have enough time to buy it online. So I bought a bottle of RIT dye and took the plunge. What a world of possibilities I had been missing out on! It's as easy as filling a bucket with water. Literally. I fill a bucket I add a spoonful of dye. I'm done.

RIT dye is just amazing. So back to the sweater. I bought this pointelle sweater in cream but wanted it in blue. I had never dyed a sweater before but it was made out of wool which being a natural fabric dyes well.
So I soaked it for 30 minutes and it came out just great. To add the white pointsettas I used a shrunken wool sweater (ie felted). The neat thing was the sleeves had these little eyelets along the sleeves. I used them as the center vein in the leaves. It gave them a nice texture.

To see the before pic and tutorial see below.
 1. Use RIT dye to dye fabric to desired color. See color chart for correct mixing amounts.
2. Using a felted sweater I cut out leaves and sewed them in groups of five to make pointsettas.
3. I then sewed them to the front in a scattered fashion.
4. Finally I got glued the leaves down to the sweater. You could also sew them but I was just in a hurry.

19 {comments}:

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the colours here and the poinsettias look great.

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my - I love love love love love this!!!

Did a sweater project myself today as well:

Tis the season for sweater! :)

Laurel said... Best Blogger Tips

there are so many drab colored clothes at my thrift store.... what a GREAT idea!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing sweater. When I first saw this, I actually thought the white poinsettas, against the blue, look like starfish. Beautifu either way. :)

lap said... Best Blogger Tips

Each day just gets better and better! I love poinsettias so I'm going to have to use this embellishment, maybe on a hat or a scarf if not a cardi!

Jane said... Best Blogger Tips

When you dye clothes, do you just figure that you'll have to hand-wash it forever to avoid bleeding into other clothes? And would the dye on this sweater bleed into the white flowers? Is this a dry-clean zone?

Voucher Mum said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks great! I'm curious to see the Anthro sweater you were trying to replicate. Do you have a photo?

jaime said... Best Blogger Tips

I just found your blog and I am in LOVE. This is gorgeous. Also I will never again pass over the white and cream sweater because they are not my color. I will DIE THEM!!!

banclothing said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE the colour. The cream was so bland and I am very impressed you were able to look past the original design because the end product is phenomenal.

Allison said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm with Jane. How do you protect the other colors on the sweater and/or wash it with other garments?

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Kathryn said... Best Blogger Tips

This series is AMAZING! I'm so inspired, thanks for sharing your talent with everyone! :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the color of the dyed sweater! Wonderful!

The poinsettias are really neat too.

Kristina Clemens said... Best Blogger Tips

This is super cool! I remember that sweater and really loved it!
Kristina J.

Ashley A. said... Best Blogger Tips

I think I need to visit some of your thrift places! You seem to find perfect things to remake. I'm LOVING this month thing.

jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

i had wanted to make that sweater for a while now....so i finally did and i love it!! i like how you made your picture look like the shot from the catalog too...very pretty!! i love this month such neat ideas!

mommy Orkid Belle said... Best Blogger Tips

I think this idea would really work great on a sweater that I bought from a rummage sale and after washing it, I realized there are actually little wholes in it. Thanks! :) I love that you dyed it too and it's a great color now. You are always brilliant!

TracyKM said... Best Blogger Tips

When dyeing, to ensure the colour doesn't bleed later, you need to make sure the dye is set. Although RIT dyes have a mordent included, so you shouldn't have to worry, just make sure to rinse until all dye is gone. If you're doing it the fun way and dyeing wool with Kool Aid, you can steam it in the microwave for 2 minutes, let sit for 2 minutes, repeat, until the water is clear. Or just let it sit in a crock pot until the water is clear (stirring gently if you want even colour). You can also use Wilton's food/icing dyes on wool (but Kool Aid and Wilton's will not work on acrylic, nylon, or cotton like RIT).

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

This sweater is inspiring, I'm off to buy some dye, and work my magic.

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