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Date: 2/14/13 1:47 PM

I have a commission using a deeply napped darkest purple silk velvet. Lux and wonderful, but I'd like to add a hand worked decorative element: beading or embroidery. The client loves Swarovski!

Better to make an appliqué of the motif on silk organza rather than directly on the velvet?

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Date: 2/14/13 2:51 PM

Depend on what you want to embroidery, I assume machine embroidery. Also since you are making this are you supplying the velvet in case of mistakes? Don't Swarovski have to be glued on? If that's the case maybe better doin applique.

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Date: 2/14/13 5:01 PM

I'm supplying the fabric. Bought extra planning for mishaps.

No machine embroidery...coz I don't. Old Skool Hand Embroidery. Silk + Metallic floss. Possibly ethnic design.

The crystals will be hand sewn beads coz not a fan of the glued-on. Heat Fix makes me think " My Big Gypsie Wedding."

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Date: 2/14/13 6:25 PM

If you make the applique you will be able to test how it looks on the fabric. Once you do you can discover if you like it, or show it to the customer and she if she likes it. You might decide to make it larger, or smaller. Or you might decide more embroidery and fewer crystals.

I love Swarovski myself. In my other life (where I am not quilting) I bead, and there is nothing like the shine and sparkle of Swarovski. I no longer try to cheap out by buying anything else. (And you know how cheap I am.)

So, I vote for making the applique. Naturally, I think you should do what you want to do, and am only giving my opinion, not orders.

ETA: I hope my friends here will allow me to brag a little, but I am really proud of this. I have a friend who has a hair salon and at one point she asked me to make some beaded earrings for her to sell there. So, I did, and some of them sold, which was very nice, but the best part was that one day, a few months later, I was coming in for a hair appointment and I saw a lady who was paying her bill and she was wearing some of the earrings I made!!! I was so excited - I didn't say anything to the lady, but it made my day!


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Date: 2/15/13 8:35 AM

I love this!

Compliments on items you design and create is awesome!

Thanks for your input. The idea is to make a bitty, elegant, yet useful item that will bring a smile to the owner every time she sees or touches it. A tiny luxury secreted. Or a conversation starter!

Seems the best route is to make a sample to show her the embroidery/bead design prior to embellishing the article.

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Date: 2/15/13 8:47 AM

Bessiemae you have to show us this when it's done. You can't tease us like this and not show us.

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Date: 2/15/13 9:22 AM

I can't wait to see this!!

And I totally agree with Swarovski's are the best. They do sparkle like no other, and DEFINITELY beads not stones! My daughter sewed over 300 Swarovski beads onto her senior prom dress, it was gorgeous!

I do love rhinestones, but they are a totally different look than beads.

I also think doing an applique is a great idea for the flexibility of placement and design testing.

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Date: 2/15/13 9:34 AM

Will do! But it will be a few weeks, as velvet in transit and need time to make it. Researching the embellishment designs.

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