A little back story on dying. I was at first intimidated by the idea of dying. When I watched contestants on Project Runway hand dye their garments it looked really impressive and the judges also had this look of awe when they found out it was hand dyed.
But a couple months ago I needed a fold over elastic and didn't have enough time to buy it online. So I bought a bottle of RIT dye and took the plunge. What a world of possibilities I had been missing out on! It's as easy as filling a bucket with water. Literally. I fill a bucket I add a spoonful of dye. I'm done.
RIT dye is just amazing. So back to the sweater. I bought this pointelle sweater in cream but wanted it in blue. I had never dyed a sweater before but it was made out of wool which being a natural fabric dyes well.
So I soaked it for 30 minutes and it came out just great. To add the white pointsettas I used a shrunken wool sweater (ie felted). The neat thing was the sleeves had these little eyelets along the sleeves. I used them as the center vein in the leaves. It gave them a nice texture.
To see the before pic and tutorial see below.
1. Use RIT dye to dye fabric to desired color. See color chart for correct mixing amounts.
2. Using a felted sweater I cut out leaves and sewed them in groups of five to make pointsettas.
3. I then sewed them to the front in a scattered fashion.
4. Finally I got glued the leaves down to the sweater. You could also sew them but I was just in a hurry.