Simple ideas for trimmings
I made a selection of ribbons using layers of fabrics and machine embroidery.
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Images 8.10 and 8.11 show a ribbon made from two layers of hand dyed and printed fabrics with free machine embroidery used to define the circular printed shapes. I was pleased with the alligator skin appearance that this created.
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Images 8.12 and 8.13 show a ribbon made from four layers of fabric of decreasing widths stitched on top of each other. I then free machine embroidered over three of the fabric layers.
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Images 8.14 and 8.15 show a ribbon made from one strip of black fabric with programmed machine embroidery stitches. I was not particularly pleased with this effect but, in hindsight, it may have looked better with many more rows of stitching overlapping to create a more interesting texture and to lose the regularity of the embroidery stitches.
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Images 8.16 and 8.17 show a ribbon made from one strip of Shibori printed fabric with machine embroidery which follows the printed markings. Whilst this was one of the simplest ribbons I was pleased with how effective it was.
Image 8.18 shows four chords which were made as follows:
Top: one strip of fabric rolled and twisted and secured with zig-zag stitch
Second from top: two strips of fabric rolled and twisted together and secured with zig-zag stitch
Second from bottom: one strip of fabric rolled and stitched then knotted at intervals
Bottom: two strips of fabric rolled and stitched then knotted at intervals
The toggles in image 8.19 were all made by rolling strips of fabric and securing with thread.
Far left: roll of monoprinted fabric rolled and secured with sewing thread.
Second from left: roll of Shibori printed fabric rolled and secured with linen thread.
Second from right: roll of purchased printed fabric rolled and secured with sewing thread. The edges were roughed up with scissors to give a frayed look.
Far right: roll of monoprinted fabric with a length of linen fabric sandwiched in and frayed then rolled and secured with linen thread.
The toggles in image 8.20 were all made by rolling triangular shaped pieces of fabric to make toggles that were thicker in the middle and tapered to the edges. I experimented with the angles of the triangles to vary the lengths and thickness of the toggles.
The toggles in image 8.21 were all made by folding fabric chords and knotting them near the fold.
Left: this was a bundle of narrow strips of Shibori fabric twisted together and knotted.
Middle: strip of purchased printed fabric rolled into a tubular chord and stitched then knotted
Right: Chord made from Shibori fabric folded, machine embroidered then knotted.