Sunday, April 1, 2012


I'd love to learn to really embroider. I poked around with it when I was a kid, making little daisy stitches on my worn-out jeans, but I never pursued it long enough to master the craft.

Recently, I stumbled across a beautiful vintage embroidered sweater - and then of course went looking for more. Here's part of my online scrapbook.

The little pearl beads and buttons are beautiful but beware of the belly gape!

This is the perfect late winter/early spring cardigan. After all, there are pansies everywhere, at least in my neighborhood.

Sasha Kagan, perhaps? This cropped cardigan from Versailles, Kentucky reminds me of her work. Check out the cover of Sasha's new book, Sasha Kagan's Classic Collection, and you'll see what I mean.

I really like this cardi - classic button-down with 3/4 sleeves and a black floral motif  to draw the eye upwards. But damn! Most of all, I envy that model's tiny waist.

Here's another relatively simple white cardigan. I love white sweaters. People rarely make them; I think knitters want to play with color and I do, too. But I love wearing white sweaters. They both soften and brighten my complexion.

Boy, does this remind me of the early 60s. The combination of the gold and pink takes me right back to Mad Men. This would look great with Joanie's red hair and buxom figure.

I adore bright blue and white together so this sweater particularly appeals to me. Kind of Hawaiian or something.

Doesn't this little daisy and pearl cardigan look like something Ysolda might design?

Let's go to the hop! Let's go to the hop! C'mon, let's go to the hop! I think this song was playing when I was conceived in 1958. Hard to believe that song (and me!) are both so old.

And last but not least, there are the over-embroidered, over-appliqued, over-beaded, and over-bowed Christmas sweaters from the 80s and 90s. I'm a bit ashamed to admit I owned several of them. But they do make wonderful holiday gifts for the impossible-to-buy-for men in your life. ;-)


  1. Oooh I really like that one with the bright teal embroidery!

  2. Thanks for reawakening my love of embroidered anything, and especially knits. And I totally agree about white sweaters. Classic and easy to wear.

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