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Embellishing velvet with trim
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Date: 6/13/12 5:40 PM

As I've mentioned in a couple of previous threads, I'm recreating Kate Beckinsale's signature bolero jacket from the movie "Van Helsing:"



I have a couple of nice embellishment feet for my Viking (a three-hole trim foot, and a braid foot with the funnel-guide thingy), and a test run with some metallic soutache on some scrap velvet turned out surprisingly pain-free! I haven't tried gold cord yet, but if I can find some in my stash, that's next up.

I'm sort of diving in without any research or experience embellishing on velvet, or using these feet (but a lifetime of hand-embroidery experience), and I'd love to hear tips or suggestions if anyone has them!

I know I need some stabilizer, to keep the velvet from puckering (which it did a little in the test), but I haven't the foggiest idea where to start. I have freezer paper and fusible interfacing on hand, but no "real" stabilizer. What should I look for?

I'm also wondering if the soutache is flexible enough to make those curves and sharp turns, or if cord would be easier to work with.

Really, I'm starting from scratch, and anything anyone can tell me will be helpful!

Thanks!

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~Gem in the prairie

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