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« on: January 17, 2007 10:57:39 PM »

Hi everybody!
I haven't been on this forum in a LOOONGGG time, but now i'm back. Hopefully you all can help me out.

I went thrifting today and i found a gorgeous 100% wool sweater-but it has a some unsightly moth holes in it. My mom saw it and promptly told me to throw it out, as SHE thinks it is beyond saving. However, i think that with a little effort, and some TLC i could easily fix it up, as it's too lovely a sweater to toss. It is now in a paper bag, stuffed behind something in a corner of the garage.

Now, i'm aware that the holes have been made by moths or some other nasty bugs, but what i really need to know is how would i go about cleaning/disinfecting the garment and then repairing the holes?

I've heard about the freezing option-i will probably clean the sweater first, then stuff it in the freezer for a few days. Is there anything else that i should know about? Any input is good-i really have no idea as to what i'm getting myself into.

I thought about stitching them up with some yarn my mother has-this seems like the best option for me.

Here are some pictures of it...i think it's simply gorgeous.

This is the first 'adult' sweater that's ever fit me exactly the way i want it to-i refuse to give it up to the moths!

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2007 05:56:56 AM »

You could darn the holes with a color that matches as closely as possible and then embroider snowflakes over them.  And if you randomly put snowflakes elsewhere on the sweater it would look like it is all part of the grand design.

I don't have any suggestions for cleaning/disinfecting.  First, I can't wear any kind of wool due to allergies.  Second, I live in the Gulf Coast region of Texas.  It very seldom gets cold enough for long to have to worry too much about lots of sweaters.  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2007 06:13:45 AM »

I was just about to return to the library the Book "Craftivity:40 projects for the DIY Lifestyle" when I remember seeing a very similiar project


They tackle this same project on page 78 "Moth embroidered sweater"  They used a buttonhole stitch in a contrasting color to stitch around the holes.  Play up the holes, make them stand out-- instead of fixing the holes, you draw attention to it. 


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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2007 10:32:23 AM »

I like the keep the holes idea but think you should also add some random embroidered or appliqued moths to the sweater maybe with little meandering flight paths following the moths.  This could turn out to be very cute. Smiley
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2007 07:30:19 PM »

I haven't tried this nor have I checked it out but there is a method called reweaving that is quite an art.  If you google it you might be able to find information on it.
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