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AC Shell Top

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Hand-Embellishing Knit Fabric: Stenciling, Appliqué, Beading and Embroidery taught by Natalie Chanin

Designer Natalie Chanin will show you how to hand-sew appliqué and add artistic stencils and stitches to turn a Vogue coat pattern (included free!) into a work of art.

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Romantic, Casual, Mod
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What materials did you use? Alabama Chanin Organic Cotton Jersey - in White and Dove. Button Craft Thread in Slate and Embroidery Thread in Light Grey. Facets stencil purchased from AC. This project uses the reverse negative applique method of embellishment. I used the sleeveless tee shirt pattern from AC Book 3 and widened and lowered the neckline a little.

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What are you most proud of? Finishing it - the Facets stencil is time consuming. When I ordered the Dove fabric, I decided that it wasn't the best colour for me but using it with White lifts the colour and I like the two colours together.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Start on the back - I found that there is a rhythm to stitching this stencil design and a rhythm to cutting it. I started on the front first and my stitching is better on the back which was the second piece I embellished. I also broke the rules and used embroidery thread with the running stitch around the stencil design. Time will tell if this was a bad idea but I guess we should try different approaches.

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This is wonderful! I was just looking at the Facets stencil ~ you convinced me!

11/04/2013 Flag

thank you - it is a beautiful stencil. Yes, it does take a long time to stitch but you will enjoy the process.

11/10/2013 Flag

A total, completely beautiful, balanced and precisely executed piece of art.

11/10/2013 Flag

Thank you so much for your lovely compliment.

11/10/2013 Flag

Wow, wow, wow!!

05/15/2014 Flag

Thanks Jules

05/16/2014 Flag

Wow! Very, very nice!

12/19/2014 Flag

This is SO beautiful! How did you stencil this? Did you use a paint? I can't quite see how you did the stenciling.

02/19/2015 Flag

I used a sharpie pen - took quite a time!

02/20/2015 Flag