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Making Period Tassels

TasselsLynn McMasters shows us how to make three kinds of tassels to add color, weight, and movement to any period costume.

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Fabrics for 18th Century Clothing

Choosing the right fabrics for 18th century gownsThe key to an accurate 18th century gown is the right fabric. Hallie explains what to look for and what to avoid when you're shopping.

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Perfect Hand Sewn Buttonholes

Detail from Portrait de Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de BuffonThe art and science of hand sewn buttonholes, looking close-up at museum examples and then making our own in four simple stages.

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Distressing and Ageing

DistressTeenyAgeing, dyeing, and distressing aren't downers when we're talking about fabric. Here's how to make new clothes look old.

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Goldwork Embroidery

icon free smCathy introduces this exciting and underused technique, and demonstrates how to make a peacock feather from the famous dress.

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Passementerie Ornaments

passenentarie-iconHow to create stand-alone miniature works of textile art with cord, thread and a few pins.

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Continuous Frog Fasteners

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Frog fasteners give a military edge to any Steampunk style. Here's an easy way to achieve the look without getting all tangled up.

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Tassels by the Yard

tassels-iconGina Barrett shares with us the easy method for making yards and yards of tassel and pom-pom trim for your Victorian gowns.

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Passementerie Buttons

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Gina Barrett shows us how to make Deaths' Head buttons, one type of the many different type of  passementerie buttons. 

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