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Embellishing knits

SusanGowen | Posted in General Discussion on

I want to salvage a lovely new sweater that has white spots caused by bleach. My idea is to cover those spots and some of the adjacent, non-affected areas by embellishing the sweater with beads, various speciality yarns, ribbon or braid, etc. However attaching these items to a quite stretchy knit, as opposed to a relatively stable woven fabric, is potentially problematic: the thread used to sew the embellishments onto the knit is apt to break as the knit stretches while in use. Any elastic thread I’ve seen is thick and would be hard to hide. Suggestions please.

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  1. sueb | | #1

    check the jewelry craft aisle in your local craft store.  You'll find some clear stretch thread used for creating bracelets and necklaces and such.  It comes in a variety of weights from super thick to super thin.

    sueb

    http://www.sueboriginals.com

  2. kayl | | #2

    I think you might want to take a look at the old technique of "duplicate

    stitch" aka "swiss darning". Also consider what needs to stretch and

    in what directions when using non-stretchy trims like braids.

    See: http://www.sweaterscapes.com/dup-st.htm

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