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Embellishing fabric is a great way to take a plain fabric or garment and customize to your personality and make it your own. People have been using embellishment techniques for centuries. In this class we will explore several different techniques that will allow you to start making your garments of fabric uniquely yours.
The class will start with a drawing exercise in which a simple shape will be used to explore design. From there we will use these sketches to begin the process of embellishment. We will cover techniques such as embroidery using four basic stitches: the running stitch, the French knot, the chain stitch, and the outline stitch. We will be using various embroidery thread and ribbon to explore stitched embellishment.
You will also learn appliqué techniques (raw and needle turned as well as reverse appliqué. We will look at fabric manipulation, simple beading and the addition of buttons. Finally, you will pick a print fabric and learn to merge it with a solid and embellish the solid fabric to compliment the print.
We will be stitching on small samples and you will leave with a small book of stitched samples.