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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 Other
Style Whimsical
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What materials did you use? I am a beginner with hand sewing even though I am experienced with machine sewing. So I am having some trouBle controlling tension and stitch size. The main thing I see here is that the navy fabric is darker an the celery fabric is lighter than I expected, and so it reads as yellow and high contrast. I don't think I will like to wear that combo, so I'm changing to an amethyst color rather than the celery. I'll keep that fabric for a t-shirt.I

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What are you most proud of? Roealizing that I would never wear this color combo, and changing it.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I need advice -- I don't know enough to give it.

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Doing a sample is such a good way to put your toes in the water!!

09/17/2013 Flag

That little sample convinced me to ditch the yellow and also I will try something different for the crinolations on the castle. I was wondering if I cut them in a piece of ultra suede and then just stitched across if that would work. I'll do another sample. to try to use something that will hold the shape and need less accurate stitching from me.

09/30/2013 Flag

Keep going - good start and wonderful inspiration for motifs!

09/17/2013 Flag

Since then I have cut stencils for a heralding panther, and a goat standing on vines... I just finished the 2 layers of the test garment, so I hope to get started with the hand work on the real one soon.

09/30/2013 Flag

Good observation about how colors looks different when a sample is worked up, that always surprises me as well. On tension I find it helps to keep the work flat on a table and to work the stitches by keeping the needle parallel to the surface as much as possible. For stitch size I try to use my thumbnail to as a guide, that is I bring the needle out at a place that is about 1/2 the length of my thumbnail or 1/4 of an inch (my nails are short). And then to keep the stitches straight I try to keep the needle parallel to the shape that I'm following.

09/18/2013 Flag

I changed the yellow (supposed to be green) for a bright lavendar. And in testing the paints I think skyblue will be best.

09/30/2013 Flag

Thanks for the clues about making hand stitching regular. I was wondering if a hoop would help. Maybe one that was wrapped with ribbon -- Kenneth King recommended that in one of his books. I was also thinking of putting down some dots for the sticth spacing...

09/30/2013 Flag

Round or oval hoops add a lot of tension at the edges and on a knit I think it might distort the fabric but an embroidery scroll fame might work, although the pattern pieces would need to be tread traced first since those frames take rectangular pieces of fabric. I should add too that I used tailor tacks instead of pins to hold the two layers of fabric together; the tailor tacks kept the fabric layers pliable (and I didn't stick myself!) I also think a quilting tack gun could be used as well.

10/04/2013 Flag

Now that I have sewn a little on the real jacket fabric, I am amazed at how much easier it is to push a needle through this, than the fabric I used in my test garment. I had to use pliers to grab the needle and pull it through, because pushing it with a thimble wouldn't do it! So to all of you who answered me about that Thanks! In my test garment I think I mistakenly had a heavy weight cotton jersey, and then the printed fabric, while being medium weight, had a camo pattern on it and I think that pattern was sort of like fabric paint. One other person in our class said she couldn't push a needle through the paint she used, and then changed to Createx and then it was OK. I think I inadvertently got the same thing by purchasing a print. The needle glides through the fabric very easily now. So I just need to practice enough to make the stitches even.

10/18/2013 Flag

I finally, just last night, finished the basic reverse applique stitching and trimming. This is the largest hand sewing project I have ever tackled. Now I get to do some beading! I tried and I can't thread a needle with the button twist thread that is small enough to go through the holes on my beads. So I made a sample that uses Nymo. I'll wash it a couple of dozen times, and it it holds, I'm going to use that. I'm going to fuse interfacing on the back of the purple pieces in order to support the beading a little better. The purple is lighter than the Navy. And then I will line this coat. I made the test and I just can't get used to a coat that isn't slippery inside. So I have a white navy, and purple ITY knit that I am going to at least try to line this with after the beading.

12/23/2013 Flag