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bevchris | Posted in Fabric and Trim on


I am trying to locate a trim similar to this shown on attached file.  I have all avenues here in NZ and am now search further afield.  Can anyone off any suggestions on where I could try.

Many thanks



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    ThreadKoe | | #1

    This looks more like a custom treatment rather than a trim. I would think about creating this type of trim on my own. It appears to be circles of fabric embroidered (satin stitched) and then cut out, similar to cutwork embroidery. I have done something similar on an industrial embroidery machine, doing patches and emblems, but some of the embroidery ladies here would have more experience with techniques than I would. I would ask Kay. She does beautiful embroidery. Cathy

    Edited 7/9/2008 9:30 am ET by ThreadKoe

    Edited 7/9/2008 9:36 am ET by ThreadKoe

  2. katina | | #2

    Yes, I agree with Cathy. I've done similar trim on a little girl's dress from a cotton fabric printed with solid color circles of different sizes. I satin stitched around the circles, cut them out and them stitched them individually to the lower edge of the skirt. I simply straight stitched on the inside of the satin stitching. You could cut circles from the fabric by drawing around a template. Don't forget to fuse the fabric to some kind of backing before satin stitching.

    Hope this helps - Katina

    1. bevchris | | #3

      Thank you for your replies.  I had thought that may be the case so I will head out this morning to look for some suitable fabric to use to recreate this look.

      Thanks again


  3. Crazy K | | #4

    That definitely looks like circles made either by stitching and cutting or more likely as an in-the-hoop project....then cut the circles, overlap and stitch together creating your 'trim'.  Some embroidery designers have 'patch' designs.  Emb. Library has some.....not sure of others.  I was on SewForum recently and a lady had done the hem of a dress for her DD with stars which she did in-hoop and the stars where 'falling off' the hem.  Really cute and a bit similar to what you're looking for.

    By looking at your photo, I can't tell if the fabric is the color and design or if its embroidered.  Probably a print fabric...........

    Sounds like a fun project......cute top.  Good luck!


    1. bevchris | | #5

      It certainly looks like a challege for me but I am willing it give it a go.  A good project for a winters day.

      Thanks again

      1. Crazy K | | #6

        Yes, it looks like a fun one...........


      2. Crazy K | | #9

        I'm attempting to send you pix from another site.........we'll see what happens here!

        Hope it works.   This is not my work, BTW........just thought you might like to see another version of your trim.


        Here's the finished skirt:View Image

        1. GailAnn | | #12

          Oh, how cute!!!!!  Gail

    2. sewslow67 | | #7

      Hi CK:  How about sharing some of your favorite machine embroidery websites with those of us who are interested in embellishing via machine?  I'm going to be out of town for about ten days, but would love to come back to several to explore.  It sounds like you've got a lot to share that many of us would find helpful.  Thanks in advance and ...only if you can spare the time.

      1. Crazy K | | #10

        My all-time fav is Emb. Library (http://www.emblibrary.com).  They also have a projects page with all sorts of videos and printed pages of instruction for all kinds of different things and on that site they have 'stitchers' showcase' where people send in photos of their projects.......such inspiration!  I have had several of my things chosen to be on there........quite an honor!  I've recently joined http://www.sewforum.com which is another forum for sewers, quilters and embroiderers.  So many of them post pix of their projects and it is such an inspiration to view those.

        Most of my technique is self-taught.  I just play and see what works.  I'm no where near a professional and do this only for fun.........and I do have fun!  I don't do as many projects as I would like but I have tons of them floating around in my head!! ha ha  I just need to spend less time lurking on the computer and more time at the machine!!

        Just stay with the forum.......visit regularly and you will be amazed at all the tips and information out there.  I think sewers/sewists/seamstresses or whatever you wish to call us are a very generous and giving bunch of folks.  I am pleased to have found these on-line groups.  I have only one friend that sews and she isn't as much into the embroidery and fun little creative things that I like to do.  She sews some and mostly quilts so we do have things in common but I do really enjoy the commaradarie of the forum.

        If you have specific questions, please feel free to email me through the forum.  If I can help you, I will be happy to.

        Have a great vacation! Sorry this got so long!



        1. sewslow67 | | #11

          Thank you CK, for your suggestions and for offering to help when needed.  I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.  I just checked out the websites and will explore them more when we return.  I haven't done that much machine embroidery recently and feel quite rusty ...especially since that has not been my area of expertise anyway.  Still, there is a lot I'd like to learn and do, so plan to spend time on that come fall.

          Thanks again.

  4. sewslow67 | | #8

    Thanks for sharing this great design.  And good luck with it.  I hope you post a photo when you complete your project.  I'm going to give it a try as well ...when I get back home in a couple of weeks. 

  5. LucyJane | | #13

    I know you are way far away but if you ever get to Mass., USA outside of Sturbridge Vlg. there is a

    Wrights Trim Outlet in an old brick mill building on Rt. 20.  Bits and pieces of everything a sewers paradise. The best part is that you never know what you are going to find. It is a good thing that I don't live near there either as our $$$ would be in big trouble!!!

  6. Cherlyn | | #14

    I believe this is something you will have to create yourself.  I would find a fabric and cut circles of various sizes out.  I use varying size circular objects in my house but if you're a scrapbooker, you may own one of the circle cutters so you could make you three sizes (stay with an odd number but no more than 5) of circle pattern pieces.  You'll need to stablize the fabric in order to satin stitch the outer edges.  Then join the pices together, keeping in mind a desired width.  It will take some work, but if you love puzzles, this may fill that challenge. 

    I love the top myself.  Very pretty and an interesting technique!

    1. bevchris | | #15

      I have some fabric on order from Sawyer Brook.  I think it will be perfect.  I am looking forward to the challenge. 

      1. katina | | #16

        and we look forward to hearing about it - good luck

      2. Cherlyn | | #17

        After giving this some more thought, I have decided to use a fusable webbing on the back of the fashion fabric that will be used to make the trim.  After I cut out the circles, I'm going to fuse those to a backing fabric to create the width that I want for the trim.  This is when I will satin stitch around each circle and make any connecting lines that I think I will need, such as seen in your photo. 

        I found a Simplicity pattern to use for the top.  Have you selected a pattern or are you planning on creating as you go? 


        1. bevchris | | #18

          I plan to go out tomorrow morning to look for a base pattern to use to get the basic shaping right.  I have had a quick look online for a pattern but have not chosen one yet.  What is the simplicity pattern you have selected. 

          At this stage I was thinking of fusing the fabric, placing it in a  hoop and doing several circles at a time, then cutting them out.  I plan to experiment this method first on some scrap fabric.

          Good luck and keep me posted on how you get on.  I am hoping to get time to make a start on the top this week.


          1. bevchris | | #19

            Is Simplicity 2892 that you are using?  That is one that I had on my list of possibles?

          2. Cherlyn | | #20

            Simplicity 3799

            I'm going to use the circular piece as a guide to get the shape for the neck piece.  I figure that will have to be placed in that shape, bonded together, then do the stitching.  The circles are placed in a random pattern with the stripes turned in differing directions. 

            I probably won't do the bottom border until I find a dressery fabric to use.  I would like to make something for the first school dance to wear.  The employees are usually required to attend all dances.  I like to dress up some. 

            I teach at a high school in my area.  I will take pictures as I work on this project and post them.  Keep me posted as well. 

  7. Cherlyn | | #21

    Have you started working on your top yet?  I started on one just made out of cotton.  I have had trouble getting to spend much time on it since school has opened.  I'll try to get some pictures posted to you by next week.  Did you find any other patterns that have the basic shape that is needed? 

    Edited 8/12/2008 5:26 pm ET by Cherlyn

    1. bevchris | | #22

      Hi, my fabric arrived last week but I have not had a chance to make a start on it yet and at the end of this month we are heading to Europe for 5 weeks so I don't think I will get a chance now to start this until we get back.  I don't want to rush it. I have the pattern so I will have everything ready to start on my return.  I will be interested to hear how you get on.

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