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Decoration

Build Your Library - Embellishments

Build Your Library - Embellishments

This month we feature two books that focus on the details: buttons and three dimensional fabric manipulation. Both of the featured books are fun to look through as pure eye candy and inspiration for future projects.

 

 

 

 

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Appropriate Embroidery 2

Appropriate Embroidery 2

What if all your painstaking embroidery is from the wrong period entirely? Avoid the nightmare with part 2 of Denise's essential guide!

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Appropriate Embroidery, 1500-1800

Appropriate Embroidery, 1500-1800

What embroidery design is right for your latest project? Denise traces techniques & motifs as they transition from one period to the next. 

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Steampunk Regency

Steampunk Regency

Travel and adventure in far-flung lands go hand-in-hand with the advancement of the British Empire and the discoveries of new technology and science.

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Costuming for Competition

Costuming for Competition

Costuming is fun, but winning is pretty fun, too. Elizabeth gives some tips on how to make a good impression in a live costume contest.

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Making Victorian Needlework Buttons

Making Victorian Needlework Buttons

Gina shows us how to make needlework buttons inspired by a Victorian dressing gown - good buttons can raise an average gown to astounding.

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Transferring Embroidery Designs to Dark Fabric

Transferring Embroidery Designs to Dark Fabric

Transferring embroidery designs onto dark fabric can be difficult, but Sunny walks us through a time-tested method used by embroiderers for centuries.

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Historical Fastenings

Historical Fastenings

Through history we have invented various ways to close our garments, but which one is right for your period? Izabela explores a range of historical fastenings. 

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Designing Custom Fabric - part 2

Designing Custom Fabric - part 2

In Part 2 of her series on creating customised fabrics, Lisha shows us how to design and order our own special, unique cloth - perfect for recreating your dream outfit!

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Designing Custom Fabric - part 1

Designing Custom Fabric - part 1

Ever pictured the perfect fabric in your mind, only to despair when there was nothing similar in the stores? Lisha gets you started on designing your own custom fabric.

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Laces, Braids, and Cords

Laces, Braids, and Cords

Transform humble string into braids, cords, ties and fastenings for your historic costumes with Gina's guide to custom laces which add strength and color.

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Silk Painting on Costumes

Silk Painting on Costumes

Michelle's clever painted embellishment techniques allow you to reproduce the beauty of historic embroidered fabrics and help those dream dressmaking projects become a reality.

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How To Make Fringe

How To Make Fringe

When making a historical dress, it can often be difficult to find interesting trim in a suitable color. Mette shows us how to make our own fringe.

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Period Tassels III: Beaded Tassels

Period Tassels III: Beaded Tassels

This is the one you've been waiting for — let's bling out those costumes with some beautiful beaded tassels!

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Continuous Frog Fasteners

Continuous Frog Fasteners

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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Goldwork Embroidery

Goldwork Embroidery

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

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Tassels by the Yard

Tassels by the Yard

Gina 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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Perfect Hand Sewn Buttonholes

Perfect Hand Sewn Buttonholes

The 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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Passementerie Buttons

Passementerie Buttons

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

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