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From: MaryW
Date: 05-04-2007, 09:40 AM (1 of 3)
I am going to make a shell and capris from linen. I need ideas for embellishing. The linen needs something smooth, satiny to show it off I think. Ideas anyone?
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From: DorothyL
Date: 05-04-2007, 11:58 AM (2 of 3)
I've done a lot of applique on linen -- just cut a motif from cotton and appliqued it on. Just be sure both are preshrunk.
Also a fancy stitch with a novelty thread. Don't you have the same serger I do -- the Pfaff that does a chain stitch? If you want shiny you could do a chain with a rayon thread.
Or couch a bit of novelty yarn from a knitting store using a zig zag stitch. Just be sure that if it is on linen you can iron it.
You could put some beads around the neck, sleeves and hemline.
Or you could get really creative with some paint and stencils -- or rubber stamps. Rubber stamps can be very cool.
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 05-05-2007, 06:40 PM (3 of 3)
I just read a nice Threads article about working with linen. Topstitching was emphasized as a good choice for the solid palette. How about a contrast color to emphasize the lines of your pattern? Threads linen article (
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