Embellishing on It: What Should I Do with All Those Baubles and Ribbons?

I confess: I am a collector of embellishments. From ribbons and trim to buttons and beads, any bright, sweet thing will catch my eye and I just have to own it.


Just some of my baubles and
trim that await my inspiration.

Do not let me loose at a flea market or tag sale, because the chances are good that I will unearth embellishment materials and come back with an armful. And the more vintage the better!

I have not clue what I will do with these pretty trinkets and trim, and perhaps they will do no more than sit in a Mason jar on a shelf in my sewing studio, beckoning me to use them in a project.

I have used antique buttons on newly made garments, added beads to readymade sweaters, used ribbons to finish a hemline. Many of my clothing embellishments will be hidden inside the garment–a bit of rick-rack stitched on the edge of a circle skirt lining.

One of my greatest finds was a dozen packets of 1/8" inch suede trim in various shades of brown. Over the years I have used them to make stylish zipper pulls for boots and bags, outline a jacket pocket or collar, make a passementarie-like design on a dress. But when I got them, I couldn't even begin to imagine how I would use them, only that I had to have them.

What I love most about embellishment is that it's like a satisfying sewing snack. I can take a ready-to-wear outfit or accessory and within the hour have something that looks special and handmade.

That's what I love about Contributing Editor Susan Beal's Easy Embellishments DVD. She takes a simple approach to decorate plain-looking accessories and garments and transform these common wardrobe items into one-of-a kind head-turners. And for our Cyber Monday sale, the DVD is half-price in the Sew Daily Shop.

Are you a fool for embellishment supplies also? Tell me about it. I would love to know I'm not alone.

Happy stitching!

 

 

 

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Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and SewDaily.com. She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and SewDaily.com. She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.

6 thoughts on “Embellishing on It: What Should I Do with All Those Baubles and Ribbons?

  1. Give me any appropriate thread, an appropriate needle, and a “mess” of embellishments and I will create a collage that becomes an applique, a top to a fabric box, a picture to be framed, whatever. My imagination blooms as I go along. Most important, I find my zen. I believe I could compete with anyone’s personal store of embellishments and the number of artistic pieces I have created for the last 25 (or longer) years. The rest of the world benefits from my love of embellishments.

  2. Amber, I am as bad as you if not worse..over the years of crochet, beading crafting and sewing for three boys, and going to yard sales, and then married a guy with three girls later, I was forever collecting or doing projects, And working as a nurse.full time! But then came head injuries, and other health problems with them. Now, I have great ideas for a little while, but unless I follow through immediately, I forget or misplace the materials. My husband just bought me a huge storage cabinet to out all my goodies in, but have been unable to even get started again due to cardiac complications. And I donated three huge boxes of things to my Mom;s church two years ago! I love them, and love to do things for the grandkids now…just give me a few weeks to get well, and busy again I will be, and happy about it!

  3. Dear Amber, you are so-o-o not alone! My car brakes for flea markets, and people give me their grandmothers’old button jars because they know I’ll give them a good home. On my portfolio site…. www,fiberfantasies.com i declare myself to be the “Self-proclaimed button and bead queen of Maryland (USA)” and if you give yourself the title, then no one can take it away from you…:) Still, I feel that my jars of treasures will at least be in contention for a “cool stash” award!

  4. Dear Amber, you are so-o-o not alone! My car brakes for flea markets, and people give me their grandmothers’old button jars because they know I’ll give them a good home. On my portfolio site…. www,fiberfantasies.com i declare myself to be the “Self-proclaimed button and bead queen of Maryland (USA)” and if you give yourself the title, then no one can take it away from you…:) Still, I feel that my jars of treasures will at least be in contention for a “cool stash” award!

  5. I confess I am an embellishment junkie. On my blog WeSew.blogspot.com I post numerous embellishment projects inspired by ready to wear garments. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…
    This weekend I visited the Ribbonerie in San Francisco for the first time. It has at least 1,000 ribbons; need I say more!
    I look at embellishments as the sprinkles on the cupcake. The cupcake may be good but, the sprinkles make it great!

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