DVD Class

Creative Embellishments (DVD + Streaming)


Item: W0094Q


Learn Natalie Chanin’s signature methods for embellishing hand-sewn garments.

Renowned fashion designer Natalie Chanin reveals her appliqué and beading techniques to build beautiful layers of texture through embellishment. Expanding on Natalie’s previous class, “The Swing Skirt: Techniques & Construction,” learn four key stitches and Natalie’s signature techniques to embellish any garment or home accessory with beads, sequins and more. You’ll be provided with a toolbox of creative possibilities to expand your skills and create more artistic designs.

NOTE: If you’d like to purchase only the DVD for this class, you may do so through this link. (Please note, any class PDF materials are not on the DVD itself. You must have streaming access to download those materials associated with the class.)

Class Sessions

Design Basics (13:47)
Meet Natalie and get a refresher on the methods and materials you’ll need to get started, including fabrics, threads and beads. Then she guides you through making color swatches, choosing colorways and stenciling or inking fabrics to create patterns.

Four Key Stitches (27:58)
Create an array of embellishment effects, Alabama Chanin-style, with just four easy stitches! Natalie shares her unique grid system that will keep your stitches even and consistent, then discusses the physics of sewing. These tried-and-true techniques will help your projects stay strong and beautiful for generations to come.

Adding Beads & Sequins (17:46)
Beads and sequins add sparkle, texture and dimension to garments. Discover Natalie’s simple methods to add seed, chop and bugle beads to your stitching. After that, see how easy it is to add sequins and vary the look with partial or armor beading.

Quilting & Reverse-Appliqué Techniques (21:52)
Start your embellishment swatches by using the basic straight, or running, stitch to quilt two layers of fabric together. Cut away the top layer using Natalie’s signature reverse appliqué technique, then explore some variations using embroidery floss and backstitch.

Appliqué Techniques (17:19)
Continue exploring appliqué techniques as you look at positive appliqué: stitching shapes onto surfaces instead of cutting them away. Natalie shows you how to use the four key stitches, add beads to simple stitches, plus dimensional techniques such as relief appliqué and couching.

Combining Techniques & Inspiration Projects (10:55)
Build on previous lessons by combining beading and appliqué techniques for inspired new designs. Follow along as Natalie walks you through beaded couching, inside and accent beading, faded beading and more. Finally, learn how to add texture, sparkle and dimension to garments and home accessories that you already own. Plus get Natalie’s tips on how to plan for future projects and use your practice swatches two different ways.

Your Instructor

Natalie Chanin

Based in Florence, Alabama, Natalie “Alabama” Chanin is the founder and creative director of the popular lifestyle company Alabama Chanin and The School of Making, its educational counterpart. Natalie strives for complete sustainability at every stage of the manufacturing process. In 2013, she won the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge, an award that celebrates great American designers working in sustainable fashion. Natalie has a degree in Environmental Design with a focus on industrial and craft-based textiles from North Carolina State University.

Bonus Materials

Creative Embellishments - Class Materials

Anna's Garden Stencil - Full Size (24" x 18.6")

Anna's Garden Relief Appliqué Stencil - Full Size (27.6" x 21.35")


How will I receive my DVD class?
Your DVD will be shipped in the mail using the address you provide at checkout. Your purchase also includes access to a streaming version of the class and downloadable PDF class materials. After your purchase, you can find your streaming class and your PDF class materials by logging into your Craftsy account using the user name and password you established.

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How do I stream my class on Craftsy.com?
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What is your return policy?
We want to be sure you’re satisfied. If you have trouble playing your DVD, if the content is not correctly presented on the DVD, or you are dissatisfied with the content of your class, we will work with you. Contact Craftsy customer service via email or phone. Upon your request, and upon your return of the DVD to us, we will refund your purchase price or send you another DVD to replace a damaged or incorrect DVD, whichever is your preference. If you do receive a full refund, your streaming video class will also be removed from your Craftsy account, so on-demand video access will no longer be available to you.