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.
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.