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    Passementerie, A Passing Fancy?

    I should have been working on any number of other things, but I decided to play with reproducing some passementerie appliques I had seen online. I think thise are lovely, but they really inspired me to try it on my own.  I went and picked up some braided cord, nylon thread, and some beads. 

    Starting here, and with everything pinned to a piece of cardboard, I went about recreating my pieces of passementerie.  The beads really tell you where the cords go, so I just kept wrapping my cord and stitching the coils together until I had my three "leaves".



    I then went about stitching them together, to create the base design.

    After getting all the curly bits pinned in placed and stitched, the final piece is completely stand alone.  I love the end result.  I would like to find more images of this type of applique to make more.  I like the idea of offering them on costuming that I am making. Particularly wraps, dolmans, and coats.

    Unfortunately my beads are too big, so I will need to shopping for more.  I do really like the iris coloring on the black, like the original, but I think just black in a different shape would be nice, too.  I will have to see what I find.  I am not much of a bead person, but these are small enough to not drive me insane, and instead of stitching every bead, I will just couch my strands.  I think will work better. 

    There you go, this was fun, and fairly quick.  I want to make one more so I have a pair of opposites, then decide where to use them!

    The rest of the pictures are HERE on my Flickr site. :-)





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