Question: What type of embellishments to you like to work with on your projects? Buttons, beads, and charms? What about those little notions like snaps, hooks and eyes and safety pins? How about found objects, like paper or ribbonwork ephemera?
Scrap Pins, is a new project that you will find in my upcoming book, Creative Embroidery, Mixing the Old with the New. I used bits of ribbon, lace, and fabric for the base, and all kinds of treasures for adornments. Ugly Bug Ball, is an example of another project, called the Hoop Frame. The spiderweb was created with vintage silk embroidery ribbon and rickrack trims. The bugs are made from sewing notions stitched with perle cotton, or beads.
Scraps and Leftovers, by Christen Brown
The fabrics in this wall hanging are all scraps left over from other projects, with leftovers of ribbon, lace, trims, appliques, and zippers for embellishments. I literally emptied the sewing box in search of buckles, safety pins, snaps, and hooks and eyes. I combined these with vintage buttons, charms, and other ephemera. The quilted and embroidered stitches were all worked in perle cotton thread. The pin in the center was from an original Shirley Temple doll that belonged to my mom.
This piece can be found in my book, The Embroidery Book, by C&T Publishing.
When I think of embellishments, I think of you. Embellishing isn’t something that I’ve taken up on my own, so making one of your projects is my chance to explore embellishments in their many forms. I’m grateful for every opportunity I’ve had to learn the fun and challenge of embellishing.
I am glad that I have helped you to explore new avenues! I bet that you don’t look at a button the same way as you did before!
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