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Gallery Connection – May ’07

The art of fabric embellishment has been around for as long as fabric itself. And we know that thousands of years ago, Egyptians were embroidering. Today, we see much commercially embroidered fabric used both in fashion and for interior decoration. And although it’s everywhere around us, seldom to we embroiderers begin a project with embellished fabric. Personally I think this is a result of the availability of embroidery designs, or lack thereof.

I see you wondering, “What? How can it be? There are more designs today than ever!” Well I suppose I should qualify that to, “Designs that are suitable for fabric embellishment.” Those designs are usually not pretty by themselves. Really. We see a lot of designs where the design itself is a piece of art – a center of focus, such as a bird, a lighthouse, etc. To embellish, however, a design must reside in the background. Its presence raises the overall effect, but the design should not steal the show. A proper embellishment design must be a team player. And as such may not be easily recognizable. Certainly if you look at a nice garment or embellished interior design item, think about what the embroidery would look like on its own, say on the package of an embroidery card. Typically, it lacks luster, has few stitches and would not attract attention.

Another disadvantage of these designs is their need for customization. Typically the use of free space, positive and negative, requires precision whether in a panel, or on a collar, etc.

By now you can see where I’m going with this – and you’re right …

 …Last month Designer’s Gallery released a new Interactive (our seventh!) called the Décor Interactive.  This new Interactive if for the grand purpose of fabric embellishment. To accomplish this it makes use of space, both positive and negative. The space has shape and can be filled in or around with patterned, or geometric embellishment designs. Specifically, there are several ways to fill space: Inner Designs, Frames, Frame stitching and Wallpaper. Now, some of these terms I made up, so let me explain:

 Wallpaper is a small motif, or combination of two motifs that tile across the fabric. You have many motifs to choose from, such things varying in interest from little flowers to question marks to bulls-eyes to French knots. Use the motifs to add texture to your fabric.

 The Frame is a shape of your choosing from a wide array of adjustable shapes from simple rectangles to diamonds to ovals and even fashion pieces such as collars. This frame is a boundary between design elements outside and inside. Typically you place wallpaper embellishment outside. And/or an inner design will go inside the frame. The frame can even have its own stitching around the shape, if you want.

 Inner designs are progressive geometric patterns that fill space. There are combinations that can be made using running stitches, candlewicks, French knots, chainstitches, satins, etc. With interesting progressions having names such as “Fireworks”, “Radiance”, “Checkers”, “Beatnik” and more. The inner designs can be used subtly or not-so-subtly depending on color, size and placement. And they can restrict themselves to the space left open within a frame shape.

 I hope you have a chance to see Décor in action. Spend a little time playing with the geometries and you’ll quickly see its usefulness.

 Have fun!


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