Customising Knitwear With Jewels

Customising has been the theme of this week. Being based all week in our Customising Bar in Camden, I have done nothing but think of how I can use some the beautiful stones and trims on my plain knitwear.

On Sunday I was feeling a little poorly still so I came home early and spent the afternoon watching films and embellishing the neckline of this Benetton basic jumper. I used a double thread and stitched through the hole in each stone a couple of times, travelling underneath to the next stone.

Then today, me and the lovely Alex from Sew I’m Into This blog (who has been helping us out at the pop-up) set about adorning two more jumpers with some more lovely beads. We got addicted! For inspiration we looked for Gatsby and art deco shapes on Pinterest and this is what we came up with….

This was inspired by a headdress worn in the Great Gatsby film. I simplified it to work with the beads I had and also bearing in mind I wanted to wear this in the day, so didn’t want it to be too much.

I mocked up the shape first by laying the beads on the top and played around with shapes and positioning. Then I measured and marked out where to put them with pins.

Et voila! A very happy Lisa in her newly embellished jumper (from Uniqlo – nice Merino wool).

Then we played around with a motif idea on the other jumper. Alex suggested the shoulder – a winning idea! We then decided on the design – using a mixture of different sized leaf-shaped diamantes and chain of stones (not sure what they are called???). Alex started by pinning across the chain to hold it in place.

Then she stitched across the chain, in between each stone, with a double thread. Then she added the leaves one at a time.

I love this design – thank you Alex! And here I am wearing it with Poppy 🙂

The stones are all for sale in the Pop-up this weekend and will be back at the shop from next week.

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