My “Purple Roses of Cairo” Necklace Became Sweater Jewellery

by Tamara Summers.
(Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)

A while ago, I created a necklace with a number of re-purposed purple roses, and named it my “Purple Roses of Cairo” necklace, because that’s what I thought every time I looked at it. I did like it, but wasn’t sure that it was totally what I wanted.

TSummers: My "Purple Roses of Cairo"

One morning, while putting on my greenish-turquoise cardigan, I was searching for more embellishment to add to the bugle bead design already on it. I happened upon my necklace, held up the roses to my sweater, and knew instantly that I wanted to take apart the necklace and put the roses on it.

So I did, right then and there, one of those “don’t over-think it, just go with it on the spot” kind of projects. I’ve embellished clothing, almost as a compulsion, for longer than I’ve been making jewellery, and would actually really like to focus on that one day.

Sweater Jewellery Close-Up

Sweater Jewellery Close-Up

There were glass butterflies and vintage rhinestones in the necklace design, but I added some purple crystals to the sweater as well, for another shade of colour. I love my sweater now! Adorned with it’s jewellery, it’s perfect for holiday events!

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  • Tamara, that color combo of purple and greenish-turquoise is stunning, and the embellishment is just what the sweater needed.

    I laughed when you said you suddenly wanted to take apart the necklace – and had to do it immediately! I totally understood, because I often need to take immediate action when I decide to re-design or completely undo a piece of jewelry too.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful jewelry-ization of your cardigan! I always enjoy seeing the ways you combine clothing and jewelry into a single artform.

  • Tamara says:

    Thanks, Rena! It was the colour combo that grabbed me first as well.

    Thank you for your kind words. It’s always good to share a laugh, isn’t it?

  • AG says:

    I saw the picture on the side bar and had to click to read purely because of the colors! Those are my favorite colors, purple and teal, and I love them so much that they actually are the colors I used and still use when purchasing anything for my studio (storage and decorative). I even used them when I designed and created my logo and ‘teal’ even made it into my business name (that’s how much I like it!). They are a beautiful combination. And your sweater came out lovely! Great job not only on the colors, but also on the repurposing!

  • Tamara says:

    Thanks, AG! I did this post quite a few years ago, but I still love this colour combination!

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