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Types Of Fabrics Embellishments / Textiles Decoration Techniques

Updated on January 17, 2015

Using Embellished Fabrics / Clothes

Embellishing your own clothes or accessories will require that you design the textiles you've chosen in a creative and fun way. Embellished fabrics reflect trends in decorative dressmaking. You can embellish fabrics by sewing onto the garments for the purpose of decoration.

Whether you want to embellish your personal fabrics or it is for commercial reason, there are many different ways to embellish clothes. You can also buy your own ready to use embellished clothes or accessory from any shopping outlet.

As some people already know how to embellish their own clothes, they can choose to decorate either a large portion of their fabrics, others prefer embellishing specific sections to bring out a new fashion look.

You can choose to embellish your household accessories such as table cloths, pillows, and others. Or choose to embellish sections of your fashion wears such as cuffs, collars, sleeves, yokes, front of blouse, sections of pants / trousers.

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What You Need To Know Before Embellishing Fabrics

If creative design is not your thing, you can still read this. These tips are for those that want to embellish fabrics on their own as a diy project. These are some of the things you should bear in mind before starting your embellish craft.

  • You should carry out a trial practice using newspapers or old fabrics that you no longer use.
  • It depends on the project to be carried out, you can use a stabilizer under the clothes to give it support and to stop puckering during embellishing process.
  • You can use normal thick thread or knitting yarns to embellish your favorite fabric, bearing in mind the color and style you want to bring out.
  • You can make your own embellished patterns to guide you depending on how you want the design to look.
  • Find out what the embellished materials are made of, so that you will know if it has the same care instructions as the fabric you want to use it on.
  • Whatever look you want to achieve, you can use any appropriate embellishing design for it. You can embellish on plain, print or any other color fabric. To achieve a more casual look, contrast your embellishment with the base fabrics.


Styles Tips To Use In Embellishing Fabrics

Pintucks in Clothing

Pintucks on fabrics is when there are tucks on fabrics that is as wide as a pin. Pintucks can be used to embellish a variety of materials, but the one i'm interested in is the one used to decorate or embellish plain fabrics by using repeated patterns or get a striped effect.

Needle Felting On Fabrics

You use yarns to embellish on a wool base fabric. There are some hand felting tools to help in this type of craft project.


Ruffles Embellishment on Fabrics

Ruffles on fabrics materials used are widely-used as an element of a decorative easy techniques to gather trims. Embellished ruffles could possibly be made from only on or perhaps twofold overlaying of fabrics. You may have garments that are fitted with several ruffle decorative finishes, Including ruffle with a heading, and doubled ruffle edges or possibly like a circular ruffle. You could typically find decorative ruffles at the hem of most women clothing, such as on the necklines of clothing, hems and on sleeves.

Machine Embroidery

As the name suggest, this is embroidering using machine to embellish fabric with embroidery designs. There are many types of embroidery designs you can embellish on clothing and accessories. You can embelllish embroidery designs on baby blankets, tablecloths, serviettes pillows plus other items.

Butterfly Embroidery Design Photo


Couching Stitch Embellishment

Couching is an embellishment technique that you can use yarns or heavy threads to stitch across the surface of a base fabric and are fastened together with contrast finer thread to add a bit of color to the mix, you can also use the same color of yarn as base fabric. You can make a straight couching or zigzag stitch to secure the heavy thread or yarn in place. Many dressmakers use couching stitch to outline a design or sculpt the face of a doll or animal.

Couching Photo


Sequins and Buttons Decorative Embellishments Photos


Shine On Embellishment

If you want to attend any occasion with a bling, then having sequins, pearls or decorative buttons on your clothes are ways to appear looking special for that occasion. These shine ons can be added as strands on rows or individually. Some are sewn on by machine.

Other Tips For Embellishing Fabrics

  • You can use adhesive glue to embellish fabrics instead of using threads, yarns and needles or machine.
  • Make sure you read the adhesive instructions
  • You can use a temporary glue to hold your embellishment in place as you sew
  • Alternatively, you can have a permanent adhesive glue that can hold the fabric and embellished trims together without soaking through the fabric.


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    • bizwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Christabel Evans 

      3 years ago from England, UK

      Hi Momal, the purpose of textile embellishment is to add a bit of decorative style to any fabric. There are some cultures that prefer their clothes to be colorful. Thanks!

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      3 years ago

      what is the purpose of textile embellishment?

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      6 years ago

      lol you read that

    • bizwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Christabel Evans 

      6 years ago from England, UK

      Thank you Digitemb for your nice comment. Great to have you read this hub.

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      6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      It is a tremendous article. It's content is superb and it's really well written. Superb job....

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I don't know enough about sewing to implement these, but they sound useful. Voting this Up and Useful.


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