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Fine Embellishment Techniques: Classic Details For Today's Clothing Paperback – August 3, 2001
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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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it does show you how to do the basic stitches: running stitch, lazy stitch , lazy satin stitch, couching with a single needle as well with two needles. other stitches like tambour beading, bead lace stitch, zigzag bugle-bead varation
The book itself is lovely, a large art-book type book with beautiful photography and the projects used to illustrate the techniques described are just breath-taking. A vest shown in the book is worked on silk dupioni and uses several techniques. It is a garment any woman would enjoy having in her collection.
There are actually only five techniques described: beading, threadwork, trims, applique, bindings and piping. But each section is filled with detailed information on selecting materials, techniques and tips for using them, lots of photos and illustrations and plenty of inspiration.
I admit that I love fussing with a new garment and sometimes I view some of my creations -- especially kimono jackets -- as little works of art rather than something to just wear. So a book like this is exactly the sort of thing that can keep me happy for hours. Projects include a flower applique constructed of beads, metallic thread and free-motion machine embroidery. I love the subtle simplicity of some of the techniques like those shown on a collar and placket that combines simple running stitches and tiny beads to add a delicate but beautiful finish to a simple blouse.
So, if you are looking for a fun, quick embellishment that can be completed in an afternoon, this might not be the book for you, but for sewers who want to spend time creating something stunning and sophisticated, this book has much to offer
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