Wear it until it wears out could be described as my clothing mantra. You could say that I form sentimental attachments to my clothes. I remember special occasions when I’ve worn a particular item, and that means I have a few pieces that it’s been really hard for me to part with. This green argyle sweater is one of them. I wore it on Littlest’s first Halloween. And two years ago I wrote about mending this sweater rather than repurposing it. Up until a couple of weeks ago I was still wearing that sweater. Then it finally got a hole in it that I couldn’t mend without it being obvious. And I decided it was finally time to upcycle my beloved sweater. It’s not going too far away, I’m turning my favorite green sweater into an Upcycled Embroidery Hoop Wreath.
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The first thing I did was to lay out my embroidery hoop over the sweater to see what part of the sweater I wanted to frame. I decided to put the light green diamond close to the center and then include some of the ribbed edging from my sweater as well. I cut out the part of the sweater I wanted to use and added in a couple inches around as well.
With that extra fabric I was able to take a needle and thread and cinch up the back.
Ta-da! A favorite sweater upcyled into embroidery hoop art. Of course you could stop here. But I decided I wanted to add a handmade touch to my hoop art as well.
I found a light green yarn that matched the green in my sweater and I crocheted a small heart.
I decided to center the green heart over the green diamond on the sweater. A few hand stitches to attach it and my hoop wreath is finished.