Category Archives: Embellishments

Sherry and Passion

I have completed 2 dolls this past week.  Both are based on bottle shapes and have been seen here in their unfinished forms.

Passion unfinished

Sherry unfinished

This is what the dolls looked like the last time you saw them.

For Passion I removed the panel and then emphasized the twist with beading.

Sherry involved a lot more work. I made free motion large flowers and leaves.  I tried to do some smaller ones in free motion, but ended up using my embroidery software and machine embroidering them.  They all had to be sewn on by hand with invisible thread.

Making Trim and Fabric with a Sewing Machine

I use very narrow trim for my dolls.  It can be  very hard to find trim in the size and colour I need.  I frequently make my own trim using a sewing machine, water soluble stabilizer and thread.

Most sewing machines have a range of stitches that can be used to make a grid of threads that will form the basis of the trim.

On the left of the picture you can see the first stitch I used.  Any stitch that goes from one side to the other will work. You can use a zig zag stitch if  that is all you have.  I then used lines of straight stitches on the each side and  2 rows through the centre of the first row of stitches.

Once the grid was established, I used contrasting thread colours and sewed different decorative stitches over the grid. When I was finished I washed out the water soluble stabilizer and dried the pieces between 2 layers of a cotton towel.

I sometimes also make fabric with the sewing machine.  I did this for Sherry so that the colour of the fabric will exactly match tthe embroidered stump.

This piece is a rectangle but you can make specific shapes that will allow you to make clothes with no seam allowance when you ladder stitch the seams together.

After drawing the shape you want (green line) on water soluble stabilizer, use straight stitches  sewn close together  from one side to the other.

Then turn the piece around and sew straight stitches perpendicular to the first set. When you have finished, wash out the stabilizer and dry your fabric.

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