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Embroidering Luxury Fabrics by Machine

with Pam Damour
Embroidering Luxury Fabrics by Machine
Discover how to embroider speciality fabrics and make gorgeous decor that’s uniquely you!

Add luxurious style to your home with silk, voile and more! Pam “The Decorating Diva” Damour reveals the techniques you need to know to successfully stabilize slippery, sturdy and sheer fabrics using your larger embroidery hoops. Create a chic set of in-the-hoop coasters from matelassé and find out how to make freestanding monograms to embellish anything — even furniture that won’t fit in the hoop! Embroider an elegant shadow appliqué slipcover and learn to align continuous designs to make any length of silk trim you desire. Construct and finish a posh pillow and pretty place mats in flawless style and enjoy Pam’s innovative sewing and design tips along the way! 


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Lesson 1. Matelassé Coasters

  • Meet your instructor, interior designer and sewist Pam Damour, and get a sneak peek of what you’ll learn in the class. Then make your first project: an in-the-hoop matelassé coaster that slips onto the base of a wine glass or champagne flute.


Lesson 2. Monograms on Leather & Velveteen

  • Embroider challenging fabrics and items that can be difficult to hoop, such as furniture! In this lesson, Pam shows you how to create and apply a permanent freestanding monogram to a velveteen ottoman and leather purse.


Lesson 3. Shadow Appliqué on Sheers

  • Personalize any chair in your home with sheer appliqué covers that can be custom-designed for holidays, birthdays or any other special occasion! Pam demonstrates how to measure your chairs accurately, draft your pattern pieces, place and embroider your designs, and add a decorative tassel and satin-stitch hem to complete the look.


Lesson 4. Embroidering Trims

  • Give your decor a custom look with embroidered trims that match every project perfectly. You’ll learn how to create Pam's continuous rope-border design, including detailed techniques for working with curves and mitered corners. The result is a gorgeous continuous design that you can use for virtually any project!


Lesson 5. Trimmed Silk Pillow

  • Apply the border you created in Lesson 4 to a chic pillow project. Pam walks you through the steps for topstitching and tapering the corners of your pillow that will result in a professional finish. Then sew and attach a custom-made welt cord before installing the zipper and completing your gorgeous project.


Lesson 6. Couching a Silk Pillow

  • Discover the fun of couching techniques as you use a digitized embroidery file to stitch a guideline. Pam teaches you two couching styles that incorporate decorative twists and free-motion stitching. You’ll also learn how to turn your embroidery into a beautiful pleated pillow.


Lesson 7. Naugahyde Place Mat

  • Pam wraps up the class with a customizable place mat project with easy-to-sew mitered corners. Learn how to work with faux leather as you mark and stitch any design of your choosing, playing with pops of thread and fun removable insets as you go.

"I am so glad I purchased this class. The instructions are concise, clear and easy to follow. The techniques have greatly expanded my embroidery options. I will not be taking my pillow shams apart to embroider them, I will be using the freestanding technique on my pillows."
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