Make Details and Embellishments for Simple Garments
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…
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