Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Creative Edges

At the Wearables Group this week, Lorianne gave suggestions for embellishing the edges of your garments.  She showed pictures she collected from various fashion magazines and told how we might incorporate the suggestions into our garments.  Some of the suggestions included: piping in the seams, buttons without buttonholes, fringe made by inserting a 1" strip of fabric into the seam and then fringing it up to the seam line, beading (she recommends bigger beads as seed beads are not large enough to show), ribbons butted together and mitered, fringe on the bottom of skirts, and zippers as embellishments.  Penny M-J wasn't there this week but she sent along a jacket for us to see with moss stitching along the edges.  Penny recommends a book called "Edges and Finishes in Machine Embroidery " by Valerie Campbell-Harding.  Lorianne brought a book called "1000 Artisan Textiles" by Sandra Salamony and Gina M. Brown that she uses for inspiration.  She also recommends the website Click on the classes tab and look at the Ribbon Trims with Candace Kling classes for pictures of how you can manipulate ribbon to use as trims.