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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 Accessory
Sizing Other
Style Whimsical
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What are you most proud of? I remember when I first started sewing I was interested in the Alabama Chanin books until I noticed they were all about hand-sewing. My thoughts on hand-sewing at the time were "Oh hell no!" :P And then I took this class and realised hand-sewing is far from the tedious task I'd always assumed it was so I was inspired enough to want to make the jacket. But first I decided to try out a sample before committing to the jacket in the class, just to make sure I'd be able to do it. I'm just happy it looks pretty.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? If it's a new technique, just try it out using whatever you have lying around. I used my kids' markers and a stencil from a furniture restoration book I had along with the leftovers from a shirt I'd just finished sewing.

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Impressive backstitching! It is nice that it's so easy to practice on materials you already have. (I made my first AC item from a bedsheet.)

03/17/2013 Flag

This is great! If this is your practice I can't wait to see what else you do!

03/17/2013 Flag

Thanks for all the lovely comments. :)

03/18/2013 Flag

Nice :)

03/18/2013 Flag

How wonderful, and I LOVED your comments as well, geat color choices!

03/19/2013 Flag