Happy Easter! May you enjoy the many blessings of the amazing event we celebrate.
I thought it was about time I shared again some of the hints, tips and know-how that I have picked up over the last few years in my role as a designer. Today I want to talk about "the finishing touches" or "how to take a project from ordinary to gorgeous". I'm focusing particularly on stitching accessories, which, because they are small, lend themselves easily to adding that little extra.
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”
So here are some of my "little extras".
Gold fused beading:
Picture these items without the beading. They might be pretty, but they really don't look finished until the "little extra" is sewn on. The set below has Pearl beading:
Don't despise the humble binding. See how the lavender binding on this needle-case acts as a frame around the darker border fabric:
Braid makes a wonderful finishing touch:
Closely connected is the twisted cord edge. In contrast to the commercially made braid, you can make a twisted cord so easily yourself:
Twisted cord is probably my "go to" finishing touch:
I love that there are so many colours of thread available that you can always have the right colour, in contrast to the limited range of store-bought braid. I added little picots when sewing on the cord on this set:
You couldn't get much simpler than running stitch, but that was all that was needed to give this set its finishing touch:
If you are using felt, there are even more options available with its "no fray" properties. A simple blanket-stitch sews the pieces together and gives the finished look:
On this bag I used a variation called closed blanket-stitch and used a contrasting thread:
So, think about adding that "little extra" next time you want to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary.
I didn't get much done last week with a couple of lots of visitors, a funeral to attend and Easter upon us. I will accomplish even less this week and I am very happy about that because that means family will be here!!!
Enjoy your Easter celebrations.