How to Embroider Garments With Diamonds and Swarovski Crystalscomments (0) March 3rd, 2017
For years, diamond rings have been synonymous with engagement and the union of two people as they prepare to enter into a marriage contract. This is a tradition that has survived for generations, with the first ever diamond engagement ring having been commissioned by Archduke Maximillian in 1477.
Diamonds have become increasingly affordable and accessible in the modern age, however, meaning that various cuts and designs can now be used for a variety of alternative purposes. Not only this, but we have also seen the emergence of Swarovski Crystals, which are competitively priced and boast a similar aesthetic to diamonds.
It is now easier than ever to embroider clothing patterns and designs with diamonds or such crystals, for example, so long as you adhere to the following guidelines: -
Find Your Pattern, and Do Not Compromise on its Appearance
If you have a penchant for designing functional garments with clean lines, you may find the concept of embroidery challenging. It can certainly be a tricky pastime (trust me, I know!), but the key to getting it right starts with selecting the right pattern.
You may feel the need to purchase a specialist embroidery pattern, of course, but these are usually more expensive and may force to compromise on the look that you choose. While they do provide ready-made, iron-on patterns that make the process of embroidery easier, anyone who is has a basic understanding of the craft can expand their horizons and select a regular pattern with clearly-defined outlines.
This enables you to select a pattern that suits your material and the garment that you want to make, while helping to create a framework in which you can deploy your bling subtly.
Trace Your Pattern Out
With a pattern selected, you now need to trace this out and determine precisely where you use diamonds or crystals on the design.
When transferring your pattern onto the garment, I would recommend creating an additional stage to this process so that you can refine and further the design. This involves transferring the pattern onto a pre-cut sheet of baking paper, before you evaluate it in detail and make any desired alterations.
The use of an additional sheet of baking paper can also enable you to experiment with colours and your final design, as you draw the outlines again in variable shades to achieve the ideal finish.
Transfer Your Pattern and Start Embroidering!
Once your design has been finalised, the next step is to transfer the pattern onto your fabric and start embroidering.
Although there are different ways of achieving this, I would recommend using a water soluble fabric pen, as this enables you to draw straight onto the fabric and accurately mark the placement of your diamonds or crystals. You can also use a tracing wheel to guarantee accuracy, although it is important that you have a steady hand to attempt this in the first place!
Then, using embroidery floss, needles and a diamond hoop you can begin the intricate process of hand embroidering the pattern and your additional bling. It is important to move slowly while doing this, while ensuring that each crystal, diamond or stone is handled with the utmost care.