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Video: Boutis Provençal

Gary Junken

with Marie Yolande
An Online Extra to Threads #105

For boutis, stuffing is inserted between stitched layers through small openings made by separating the threads of the backing fabric. Once the stuffing is complete the threads are pushed back into position to close the holes.

Marie Yolande teaches the boutis technique around the country and abroad. In this video she demonstrates the “white on white” process with contrasting colored threads for better clarity.

For a complete description of the technique read her article, “Boutis Provençal” in the February/March 2003 issue of Threads (#105).


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  1. Frankfurt2 | | #1

    Hello there,

    it is really nice to realive old recepies....
    Loved it.

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    mirela | | #2

    Beautiful technique, very well demonstrated and I can think about many modern looking embellishments for clothing items, mode special then embroidery. I believe the channels could also be made by machine sewing, maybe with a free motion embroidery darning foot. I think I will experiment this in the future on sheer fabrics.

  3. petrucia | | #3

    what !!!!!!!!!!!!!cute cute

  4. petrucia | | #4

    LOVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Sewing2enjoying | | #5

    I absolutely love trapunto and even entered my first article in a contest last Spring. I was proud of my work and it was quite a difficult piece. I was very happy to see the short video from Ms.Yolande. It showed even more tips that I did not find when I was preparing my entry. I am so glad you made the video available to us. Thank you very much. I am now looking for another pattern to use for my next contest but they are difficult to find. I have just simply been looking at any/all patterns I think would work for the technique. So far as I know there are no patterns specifically for Trapunto. I found a large, very colorful parrot fabric last year and used metallic threads between the hundreds of feathers, different colors for each of the different colored feathers. It was really fun. I did not know there were tools that would work so well for the technique as Ms. Yolande demonstrated. I used what I had that would work including some dental tools for some of the more difficult, tiny areas.

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    nickpaul74 | | #6

    amazing work mate

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    skyekassidy | | #7

    So helpful article!

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