Sunday, April 25, 2010
embellishing your work...
I know that you hear me talk about it a lot... but have you ever wondered what this EMBELLISHING thing is all about???
Essentially, it is DECORATING
or MAKING IT LOOK PRETTY...
But the big question is:
HOW DO YOU DO IT???
It's kind of hard to explain.
I know that doesn't help any, but it's kind of one of those thing where you just KNOW if what you're doing is right or not.
Which must be really frustrating if you are one of those people who doesn't jusk KNOW.
The good news is... that you can learn by experimenting.
That's how I taught myself.
It didn't just come naturally to me. In fact, I've only really learned to do it in the last few years.
In the past, I was always a pattern girl. There was no way that I would attempt ANYTHING without a pattern. Even if the pattern seemed to be wrong, I would still follow it. Because that's what the pattern said to do.
I wouldn't have embellished anything, unless the pattern said to.
And it would have to tell me EXACTLY what to do. Which shade of red felt I should use. What colour of cotton. Which size of sewing needle. Exactly what size of button, and where I should buy it from. How many stitches to work through the button eyes.
You get the picture.
Then, after my third child was born... I developed an interest in scrapbooking.
Which is basically cut and paste for grown ups.
I learned that I didn't need to know exactly what I was doing before I started.
I could change my mind as I went along.
I could experiment with different colours and textures and positions.
Nothing was set in stone. I could try an idea... and then change it if I didn't like it.
The novelty of scrapping wore off after a year or two... and I went back to my fibrecrafts.
But with a renewed vision.
I wanted to embellish everything!
Stuff the patterns... THIS IS MY WORK
I wanted to experiment with everything...
and I have...
Anyway... I've ventured off track a little, because this post was going to be a tutorial on embellishing.
But I'm not really sure how to teach it...
So, what I'm going to do is embellish a shabby hat... and show you the steps that I go through, mostly with photos
(the hat pattern is here if you haven't seen it yet)
so here's the hat to start with:
and I'm thinking a flower would look nice
I've chosen a cream felt
and cut out 5 teardrop shapes for the petals - they're not identical, but that's okay
join them together
and don't worry if the back is untidy
add a centre
and some french knots - just because I am obsessed with them at the moment
and some more french knots
and a few more, just for good measure
now for a background for the flower, just to give it some lift
trace around the flower (fabric is actually a really deep burgundy, but photographed very oddly)
cut it out, and pop it behind
stitch together - remember, it DOESN'T MATTER what the back looks like
and here it is