Yep, I sucked it up and sewed Dew together yesterday.
Sewing was a bit fiddly — hardly any “seam allowance” to speak of with all that openwork. I opted for backstitch rather than mattress stitch (as I didn’t think mattress stitch would look very good on the openwork pattern), and sewed very carefully. The results are fine and I’m happy with it.
I haven’t tried it on yet, but I think it’s very pretty and I like it very much. I am particularly enamoured of the beaded corsage, which was great fun to make.
I’ve never actually done any beaded knitting before, and discovered first thing that I didn’t have a needle with an eye small enough for the beads to fit over.
I dug around in my tool box and found a bunch of tiny crochet hooks. I’m not sure where I got these from — perhaps they were my grandmother’s — I know she crocheted. They are all metal and made by Susan Bates and have a price of 10 cents stamped on the shaft — so you know they are old!
I took one of the ones with the tiniest hook and easily slid a few beads onto the shaft.
Then I looped the yarn around the tiny hook and pushed the beads onto the yarn. It worked!
And quite easily, I might add.
The corsage is made up of two circles (created with the magic of short rows). A small one:
And a larger one:
You gather them, put them together, and sew.
And you’ve got a beaded corsage!
I sewed the pin (included with the kit) on the back, and Dew is ready to go!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some coughing to do. Although, as you can see, my medical staff, Nurse Lucy, is on a break.