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An Interesting Embellishment Technique

It's unusual to see a type of embellishment not seen before. Imagine my surprise when my students and I came across a new one to all of us in a recent class.

One of my students, Marcia Skall, found this lovely embellished silk dupioni at Satin Moon in San Francisco, and I loved the way it was decorated. Follow along as I show you how it was made, so that you can re-create this beautiful flower embellishment.

  Silk georgette flowers in varying sizes were sprinkled across the dupioni.


  The back of the fabric shows the machine stitching clearly.

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Comments (16)

BJ_sews_on BJ_sews_on writes: Thank you for sharing. I like that it would be a fairly quick way to embellish something. It took confidence to use the machine to sew it... that sounds like my kind of challenge.
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Blenchi Blenchi writes: You might like the book 'The Art of Manipulating Fabric' by Colette Wolff. Lots of great embellishment techniques among which appliqued yo-yos, which you can use to create this kind of embellishment. Have fun.
Posted: 3:06 am on October 26th

scrubble4 scrubble4 writes: Thank you this is brilliant. I am assuming you sew the fabric from the right side of the garment fabric. If it is sewn from the underside, I'd like a bit more instruction. I would think brocades and such heavy fabrics would create a spectacular large flower embellishments on the upper back of a jacket. Sparkly additions could also be added if desired. I am looking forward to playing with this idea. thanks for sharing. I will also be looking at embellishments on clothes in high end second hand stores.
Posted: 12:51 pm on October 25th

SusanKhalje SusanKhalje writes: To RKR - actually, it is machine sewn - pretty rough stitching, but it's definitely by machine. The beads were sewn on last, by hand, but the rest is machine.
Posted: 7:41 pm on October 23rd

user-2592692 user-2592692 writes: I will definitely use this idea many times. Want to make a dressing gown with these petals flowing around the hem. Because the item must be washable I will use crinkled cotton batiste for the petals to get texture. Thank you for sharing.
Posted: 2:10 pm on October 23rd

rkr4cds1 rkr4cds1 writes: 'That' - - is MACHINE sewn?? Excuse me, but all I see is a hand-sewn running st. What part is the machined work... Perhaps in gray to match the background?
Posted: 11:57 am on October 23rd

user-2021636 user-2021636 writes: So pretty! I shall file this away in the 'to make in the future' file - I can see this on an evening jacket, perhaps echoed along the hem of a matching skirt? I love anything that takes a garment out of the ordinary.

Oh, and Ooch, is this what you meant? It's another brilliant idea!
Posted: 2:23 am on October 23rd

user-2270844 user-2270844 writes: Thanks Susan,
The stitching around the perimeter looks to be continuous with the radial line of stitching leading into the centre. So I'm guessing they sewed the perimeter and with the thread still attached, gathered the material up, stitched in to the centre, then sewed around the centre attaching all the folds of the petals. Then presumably the wooden beads are sewed on as a separate step? Perhaps this is what you have already said and I'm just stating the bleeding obvious. Thanks for showing this technique.
Posted: 12:12 am on October 23rd

seniorslugger seniorslugger writes: Love, love this idea, will definite be using it. Soooo many applications.
Posted: 8:58 pm on October 22nd

SusanKhalje SusanKhalje writes: Hadn't thought of prints - I also think an array of colors would be pretty, too......really pale pastels......
Posted: 8:36 pm on October 22nd

mjz mjz writes: I really like this. It's simple and not labor-intensive. You could use lots of different fabrics - including prints. Thanks!

Posted: 6:31 pm on October 22nd

SusanKhalje SusanKhalje writes: To Ooch - Yes, I suppose I could have done this step by step, but hopefully the post gives enough information to inspire you to play around a little bit. Any of these techniques are just starting points - size will vary, the fabric the flowers are made with will vary (though I do think the silk georgette is a pretty good choice - all those little pleats are built in for you).
And another nice feature of having the beads in the middle was that when I pressed the fabric (right side down), they lifted it away from the ironing board, so the flowers stayed sort of fluffy - otherwise they'd have flattened out.
Posted: 6:12 pm on October 22nd

Ooch Ooch writes: I can see where that would come in handy in several applications. T-shirts, sweatshirts...just about anything.
However, I do have a question. I'm trying to find instructions to make sewing machine lace with the decorative stitches on my machine. I briefly saw it on a web site and now I can't remember where. I do remember that they used "heat away" stabilizer and started stitching on the hem or edge of the project with the stabilizer underneath. I embroider a lot of pillow cases and would love to try this technique and see if I can make it look crocheted. Any suggestions or instructions?
Posted: 4:48 pm on October 22nd

ca2james ca2james writes: This is an unusual technique that yields attractive results.

I would have preferred to know how to recreate it via a step-by-step guide instead of just seeing it partly undone.
Posted: 4:34 pm on October 22nd

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