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Like knitters, today's sewers welcome ideas for embellishments to push their sewn garments beyond the boundaries of the ready-to-wear. The topic has yet to be covered fully in sewing booksAuntil now. Conlon, a frequent contributor to Threads magazine, divides embellishment techniques into five major types: beading, threadwork, trims, applique, and bindings/pipings. Separate chapters devoted to each of these techniques include information on choosing appropriate tools and materials, step-by-step directions, and ideas for using the embellishment in a garment. Instructions are crystal clear, and the whole is beautifully organized and illustrated. Highly recommended for sewing collections.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Conlon teaches sewing and embellishment techniques at 27th St. Fabrics in Eugene, OR. SHe is also a frequent contributor to Threads magazine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; New edition edition (August 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561584967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561584963
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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131 of 131 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I own many, many sewing books and hesitated to buy another that would teach the same old basics. This book DOES teach the basics--and, like all Taunton books, with clear directions and beautiful, helpful illustrations. However, then the author goes a step further and shows some extremely sophisticated looks that a sewer can get from using the techniques in unexpected ways--or by combining two techniques. (I can't wait to try the combination of cording and bobbin work.) This is not an intimidating book--and makes you feel that if you take your time, you can get good results even if you aren't a couture sewer. Every embellishment technique you can think of is in this book--and I'd label it a basic reference work. I'm keeping it close at hand in my sewing room, right next to "Fabric Savvy," "The Art of Fabric Collage," "Make It Your Own," and my Lois Ericson books.
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117 of 118 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I originally purchased this book for "eye candy", thinking it would only give me modern day examples of embellishment techniques I could apply to the medieval and fantasy costumes I design and sew.
I was mistaken. This is a resource guide of embellishment techniques. The (well done and many) photographs are a small part of what I have used from this book. I have learned the techniques for applying these embellishments and learned what sewing attachments and notions I can use in each case to make the task easier. This book has given me much advice on where best to use them and how.
I would recommend this book to anyone sewing fantasy or medieval costumes as the one book they should buy this year.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is full of wonderful ideas of how to add that extra zip to the clothes you make, or even pre-made clothes. The suggested designs are elegant, not craft-sy like most of the information and designs that are available on the subject.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By N. Mentor on May 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book primarily for its section on passementrie but found a wealth of information on beading, bobbin embroidery and braiding. I noticed though that one of the braid samples, the 3-strand with a chevron pattern did not have illustrated or written instructions, which was disappointing as the traditional 3-strand weave, that we know through girl's pig tails, was documented in the book. Another disappointment was that the passementrie section had no pictures. Granted, Ms. Conlon's goal was to allow the reader to create their own designs but an example for a finished piece would have been helpful. It is a technique that's very hard to find material on and I thought this book would have filled that gap to an extent. Rouleau faggotting was a surprise treat and seems easy to recreate. The overall quality of the book is what I'd expect from Taunton press and worth buying. I just wish there was more 'eye candy'. This book could have easily been 200+ pages without tiring the reader with its lovely examples and well written instructions.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Alanna on April 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book without having the luck of breezing through it before I bought it. The book covers beadwork, threadwork, trims applique and bindings and pipings very thoroughly. The photos and drawings are excellent, and the explanation of decorative threads section was super. This book is a great resource for clothing embellishment.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Karen Delaney on October 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
and possibly some good trim and beads or pretty buttons. This book is very good, illustrating all techniques with very nice drawings, and showing potential projects for different clothes, also with drawings and some photographs. The book is very comprehensive, covering pretty much anything you would want to do with your clothing. Directions are extremely clear, and she includes material lists, tips, and important things to know (especially if you are a beginning sewer) in separate colored boxes within the text. I found this book quite useful, but I think it might overwhelm someone who didn't have at least a little experience with sewing.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mimi Jackson on March 19, 2003
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While I don't share the author's design sensibilities, the technical information and supplier info was well worth the purchase of this book. I found lots of good information I could use regarding types of thread, beads, braids, etc. to use for projects, and learned some new (and useful!) sewing vocabulary words I didn't have before.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Weaves on July 16, 2007
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Wow! I was very surprised. The techniques are simple but very effective. The photos of finished products are classy looking, and not overdone. The colors are subdued. Less is definitely more. The diagrams are very clear. The advice and recommendations are excellent. I've already tried a few of the techniques with great success. Highly recommended if you want to add that extra little something to make your garments stand out, but not look gaudy.
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