Embellishments for Adventurous Sewing: Master Applique, Decorative Stitching, and Machine Embroidery through Easy Step-by-step Instruction
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This step-by-step technique reference introduces and thoroughly explores several methods of fabric embellishment that can be used to adorn clothes, home décor items, or even quilts. With Embellishments for Adventurous Sewing, you'll delve into various methods of appliqué, learn the nuances of free-motion embroidery and thread sketching, and learn to maximize the decorative stitches and embroidery capabilities of your sewing machine. Explore the world of trims and learn creative or tried and true ways to apply them. Try some fabric manipulation techniques to give fabric exciting texture. Each section includes easy-to-follow, illustrated instructions and ends with three to five small projects. Enhance your skills and develop your craft with Embellishments for Adventurous Sewing!
top of one or more appliqué fabrics. The shape is cut from the background fabric, revealing the fabric underneath. Experiment with fabric combinations and with cutting appliqués that showcase multiple layers of fabric. Finish the edges of cutout areas on woven fabrics with satin stitches, decorative stitches, or couched trims. It isn’t necessary to finish the edges of nonfraying fabrics like felt or suede. Basic Reverse Appliqué 1. Use a fabric marker or chalk pencil to draw the outline of the
of the motifs if desired. 1. Select the fabric motif or appliqué you want to highlight or use a fabric pencil or marker to draw the motif of your choice on solid-color fabric. The motif should have clearly-defined edges that will be easily highlighted with stitching. 2. Cut batting and muslin the same size as the top fabric. Pin or baste the layers together. 3. On the right side of the fabric, stitch along the outline of the motif. Do not cut away the batting or muslin. Corded Designs This
techniques can result in interesting—even unpredictable—fabric surfaces that provide fabulous backgrounds for adventurous stitching and other embellishments. Bleach Techniques Grab that bleach from your laundry room and use it for a creative adventure when you remove color from fabric. Liquid bleach is ideal for designing reverse tie-dye effects as shown on the pillow (page 134), and you can use bleach-gel pens to stencil or draw free-hand details. The key to working with bleach is to use
use your fabric stash! Planning Your collage can have a theme, or it can simply be a collection of fabrics and trims you like. Even though the design possibilities are limitless, chances are you’ll be happier with your finished project if you begin with a general plan. To get started, consider some of the following ideas: Decide on the type of foundation you want to use. The stretched canvas wall hanging (page 138) was stitched onto canvas-like, multi-purpose cloth and then stretched onto a
place. 9. With raw edges even, sew the edges of the front and back panels together, being careful not to catch the flange in the stitching. 10. Insert the pillow form through the back opening and button the closure. Nature’s Harmony Wall Canvas Cover a stretched canvas with a fabric collage inspired by some of your favorite things. I love nature and the outdoors, so I chose two of my favorite places as sources of inspiration—the desert and colors of the Southwest and my own garden in