The Knitterly Hooker

Posts Tagged ‘hand sewn’

Sew Perfect

In designing, knitting, sewing on May 4, 2014 at 7:59 am

I was just wondering to myself how to improve my sewing and better incorporate it in my knitting. I thought about my fall sweater Hettie, and the ribbon I placed on the buttonbands. I thought about this because although I love my sweater, I didn’t 100% love how I sewed on the ribbon trimming on the buttonbands. Because I love the aesthetic of the ribbon and I know I’ll be using it again, I wanted to know how to do it better. Behold the miracle of the internet and I found this blog with very clear instructions with very professional looking results. What I would do differently from this blogger/sewer extraordinaire did though, is probably put the ribbon on the wrong side of the button band instead of the right side, although I have seen sweaters withe ribbon the way demonstrated. I also found this great video tutorial.

I hope that you will consider this finishing touches on your handmade knits. Enjoy!

Captain Hook

In finished projects, knitting, sewing, stash busting on April 13, 2014 at 10:56 am

Aye, aye dearies!

You see, I’m not much of a sewer and especially not by hand.  But if there is one thing I know, it’s to pay attention to detail.  The smallest detail makes the biggest difference.  When it comes to my handmade items, no matter the frustration and the time consumption, I do it.  Ribbons, buttons and hook and eye closures are amongst the features that make my handmade pieces that much more special.  They serve a functional purpose but also add aesthetic.  I love coordinating colors and not necessarily matching, just for that extra pop.

Today, I am that much closure to finishing my Fall project (well, now Spring sweater). I’ve had some set backs, but I’ve bounced back. It took me 2 days to put in the ribbon trim; 2 hours to tack down the hem and about 1 hour to sew on a pair of hook and eye closures.  I’m not sure that I felt defeated that I would have to hand sew so much of this project, but I was definitely up for the challenge.  Sewing hook and eye closure was a bit tricky (and a first) for me, but I found a great video to help me and I made my own adjustments according to my needs.
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My hand sewing skillset undoubtedly and admittedly requires more finessing, but I am more than willing to work on it.  I am well pleased with myself and these results.  I was just beside myself when I saw how beautifully the fit of the sweater was; the perfect placement of the hook and eye and crispness of the ribbon were astounding!

The last leg on this project, it putting on the buttons, weaving in some ends and sewing the corners of the hem. I am done!

Toot, toot!