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Make Details and Embellishments for Simple Garments

May 03, 2013
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Simple garment shapes call out for special details and embellishments. Ann Williamson uses fabric strips and tubes as piecing or appliqué in her quest to create sophisticated, elegant, and modern wearable art. These embellishment techniques were developed over many years and were influenced by her previous fiber arts and quilting experiences, as well as her study of art. She is always striving to “draw” finer lines with ever-narrower strips of fabric, much as early Northern European painters used brushes of the finest hairs to render minute details. Some of the strips and tubes she works with measure less than 1/8-inch wide. These narrow pieces of fabric can have an impact on a garment’s design. A basic blouse of kimono silk is transformed into a showpiece with the addition of three-dimensional coils at its neckline. A simple tunic becomes eveningwear when made from organza, appliquéd with fine silk tubes, and scattered with beads. Piecing together strips of contrasting silks adds visual interest to a sleeveless shell. Many types of silk are ideal for strip piecing and appliqué: kimono, organza, chiffon, dupioni, and taffeta. You can use any fabrics you wish, but the best choices are those that are flexible on the…

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  1. User avater rosestargold May 6th

    Very interesting technique! the fist time I look at it. But maybe i will consider use it in the future because it is too advance for me at the moment. Love the tridimensional one. Thank you for give inspiration!

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