Can take the ordinary and push it to extraordinary. Yesterday’s post showed some totes I had made as gifts. The 3 in the upper picture were taken up a notch using a technique I had used years ago in my sewing business. Using purchased silk flowers, remove the flowers from the wire stems, being careful not to lose some of the smaller centers (may or may not use). Arrange the petals/flowers in a pleasing manner on the item/garment and pin. I used Sulky “Sliver” to stitch down the flowers (all purpose sewing thread in the bobbin). Some machines do not take kindly to this ‘thread’. Adjust the tension dial(s) down and use a metallic needle. “Sliver” is flat rather than round and can stick to the tension disks creating ‘drag’ and very poor stitching. Also, it seems that it must feed horizontally(spool is vertical) off the spool, rather than vertically, which creates too much twist causing breakage. Having said all that, the “sparkle” quotient is off the scale. Metallic thread would work as well but wouldn’t give as much glisten. In the example at the right I, also, used silk ribbon and pearl beading in the flowers centers….all applied with the machine (very carefully!!) Another technique I have used is taking a fabric with a nice floral (or other) motif, fussy cutting it and pinning it in place. Then I stitch it down using the above procedure. Yes, it is raw edge. No, I do not fuse it, nor do I use a stabilizer underneath the garment. FMQ a leaf/vine motif extends beyond the applique and may go over the shoulder onto the back. Again, pearls add some interest to the whole. Inserting pieces of lace doilies adds dimension and variety, also. There are really no limits to this!! These are quite washer/dryer friendly as the stitching very much stabilizes and protects the motifs. I hope that these ideas have given your creative mojo a boost to come up with some personalized spin-offs. All of these would be quilt friendly for that little added “extra” in a quilt canvas. Motto for the day: Go Forth and Embellish……..

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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4 Responses to Embellishments……..

  1. witchylin says:

    Hey Doreen, those embellishments are amazing. They look really wonderful. You sure give out with some great ideas. I for one would never have thought of using silk flowers. Applique is not something I have done a lot of in the past, however it COULD fit into my sewing life in the future. Right now I need to get the quilts done that are still in the unused fabric state in bags. FMQ is my next new skill to master. You and Oh Sew Tempting are firing my enthusiasm. Could you both spare me a few hours to tag on to my days? LOL

    • treadlemusic says:

      Actually, I was going to ask you to share a few hours..hehe! I have found that the more I do the more ideas that are swirling in my brain!!! The silk flower idea makes embellishing (applique) so quick and easy….just a few well placed “meanders” and the petals are anchored! And the raw edges don’t fray! Just the enjoyment of adding dimension and interest to an item!!!!! Have a great weekend!!! Hugs……..

  2. Wow Doreen, these are so clever!! I might have to buy some silk flowers now 🙂

    • treadlemusic says:

      It’s so easy and “who’ld a thunk” silk flowers would really be so durable. Regular cycle, detergent, wash and dry…..no special treatment!! You’ll love this technique once you try it and, I’m sure, you will think of many more creative ways to use the idea!!! Hugs…..

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