I am a mom of older children and have noticed that the time has come when I do not have the hustle and bustle of little ones constantly around my feet and life now seems to be a bit of a let down. Well life has changed and now I have more hustle and bustle then ever. I am the Grammy Nanny to my 3 grandsons.
I was savoring the time that was mine and now have to share it with everyone all over again. The growing pains are upon me again and trying to define who I am again. The upside is that I get to cuddle little ones again! I still haven't truly learned to hug myself yet nor to be understanding to my own feelings. Did anyone notice how hard it is to be nice and understanding to yourself? That being said I hope that you will be part of my journey into yet another part of my life.

Monday, February 21, 2011

another catching up project, cherry blossom sweater

I also made a cherry blossom sweater from an old ugly over sized chenille sweater. I got the inspiration from Grosgrain's blog about the sweater redos. http://grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com/2006/10/embellish-knit-month.html, this is the link to that part of her fabulous blog. I love to read her blog even on my cell because she is so inspirational.
So here is the sweater that I turned into the cherry blossom sweater. Again I don't have all the pics because I had taken some on the cell and when it got the virus I lost my pics.

I washed the sweater already and everything washed well except for some of the ribbon shrinking. When it is ironed it lays very nicely.

I folded the sweater in half like the boyfriend sweater and cut up the center fold being careful not to pull and twist the fabric too much to avoid any pulls or runs. I took the chiffon ribbon and folded it in half and stitched it to the cut edges. I placed the buttons and the buttonholes on the ribbon. I also pinned the sides and sleeves to be more fitted. I didn't change the length of the sleeves because they were fine. I also drew freehand branches and made running stitches for the base of the cherry blossom branch. I used cherry blossom from a silk flower branch I purchased from JoAnne fabrics. I took the blossoms off and hand stitched the layers of petals together, pulling the stitches tight to slightly gather and then stitched it directly to the branch. After the flowers were all stitched where I wanted them I took nylon thread and threaded yellow beads in strands to the center of the flowers for the, I think its called calyx.
Here are pictures of the finished sweater.

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