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Module 10: Fastenings & Trimmings: Part 1

OOh .. I just love this module; and looking back, I know there are a few things I want make using these techniques. There were quite a few samples to make, so here goes:


1. Twisted Cords:

There are various methods of achieving these, but I just used the simplest to begin with. There is a nice little explanation here of the technique: https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/how-to-make-a-twisted-cord-2115857

Here are just two from the batch I made. The first is wool yarn and a decorative knitting yarn. The second is a mix of decorative and metallic yarns and threads. Basically you can use anything that can be twisted, so it's great to experiment.

2. Machine-wrapped cords:

This technique is really great and opens up so many more possibilities. It is basically machine zig-zag stitch over a base cord. In the first sample I used strips of jersey knit fabric and over-stitched with rayon thread in various colours. the second is plastic coated electric cable wire and cotton thread. I tried lots of different base materials, including: old tights, paper string, plastic gift wrap .... go wild and try anything!

3. Knotted and Finger cords:

Not quite as much fun, but can be quite effective. Try different yarn and thread combinations. There are lots of tutorials for different methods on the web.

4. Rouleaux loops:

I made these from scrap fabrics - old clothes and fabric remnants; some with internal cord of string or twine. There is a good tutorial here on the process: https://byhandlondon.com/blogs/by-hand-london/12975905-nerdy-sewing-tips-how-to-make-rouleau-straps

5. Hand-wrapped cords:

I just loved making these. The finished cords are so cool and could be made into jewellery, with beads added, or just about anything you can imagine.

I hand wrapped 2 wool twisted cords from a batch I had made previously. For the one on the left, I used a decorative yarn to wrap, leaving some of the cord underneath showing through. the one on the right used several threads to wrap, carrying them with the cord and alternating. I also left some of the inner cord showing through.


The next part of the module was to make braids. Basically, they are made from cords joined together in various ways. The first sample is made from recycled Sari fabric twisted into cord. They are heat bonded to a base fabric, then stitched together and overlaid with metallic yarn. Some areas are filled in with a machine zig-zag stitch where the fabric showed through.

The second sample is made from machine wrapped stripped electrical wire, hand-woven together.

My final braid sample was a little bit of self-indulgence. I am a bobbin lacemaker and just had to find a way of including it in one of my samples. So here it is, a piece of free bobbin lace, incorporating beads and decorative yarns:

I think this would be fab decorating the neckline of a t-shirt or blouse!

C- Edgings:

Throughout my work on City & Guilds, I have grown to love free machine embroidery, so these first 2 samples are examples of this brilliant technique. The first was made using a scrap fabric belt from an old blouse and shows that I still have a bit of practise to do before I am competent, but I hope you can see improvement in the second sample! In the first photo the stitching has been completed using water soluble stabiliser (WSS). It is finished and ready for rinsing in the second and rinsing in the third. Finally, the finished article, with added beads.

The final example uses hand painted and printed fabric and lace, with a purchased metallic braid added to cover the raw edge. I used a ruffle attachment on my sewing machine for this:

So, there are still many scrumptious things to show you, but that will be in the next episode! We have buttons, bead, toggles, frogs and tassels!

Let me know if you have used any of these techniques and what you think about them. Please also feel free to make comments, ask questions, etc. See you next time! xx

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