What's your favorite embellishment technique?

comments (4) February 8th, 2010     

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Whether you're an embroidery extraordinaire or an applique afficiando, share how you love to adorn your designs.

What's your favorite embellishment technique?

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quiltingGG writes: my favorite embellishment has become applique....I use it on all of my quilting items......love it
Posted: 10:16 pm on February 17th
textilejewels writes: My quick way decorating either before making up fabric or on bought clothes is couching by using my 45 year old Bernina. Fabric paint applied prior to sewing jazzes up a plain fabric. Some interlining may be necessary to prevent 'tunnelling'. I use a zig zag stitch just wide enough to cover the thread but set quite a longstitch so that the colour of the thread is obvious. An ecnomical way of achieving a great effect is to use a plain thread couched down with variegated cotton thread and a an equally interesting coloured thread in the bobbin. I avoid machine embroidery thread as it is not strong enough to withstand washing and ironing. I often slip snippets of silk under the thread that frays beautifully once washed.
Posted: 4:59 am on February 9th
Cheriezel writes: I like embossing on leather, suede, and polar fleece using an iron and rubber stamps. I've show quite a few rubber stamp collectors how to do it and they get so excited to play with their rubber stamps in a new way.
Posted: 10:14 pm on February 8th
deemail writes: One of my favorite techniques is pin-tucking...I always love tone on tone techniques as they add immediate elegance that's never gaudy.

In addition, they can be used as a tailoring technique...any time a facing or double layered segment of an article of clothing wants to peek out just a bit too far, one or more pintucks applied to the errant layer pulls a tiny bit up and makes it possible to press flat...any time it is seen on an edge or inside, it merely looks like a lovely detailed touch. It suits young children but can just as easily serve to decorate small pieces of adult clothing, collar, cuff, and belts. One of my most common uses is inside widely flared or circular hems, (ending at the fold line to flatten the extra fabric).
Posted: 9:55 pm on February 8th
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