embroidered binding

anonymous asked:

So, I was thinking of getting a binder and doing some embroidery on it myself, as a special project. Would that mess up the binder itself? Would it tear the mesh or make the 4-way stretch too stiff? What if it had a stiff insert--would that make it a better idea, or a worse one? :|a

Ooh! Good question, anon. After a quick eyeballing of some tips, I would say your best bet is to embroider the top layer only! So:

1) Order your binder from us and include, as a special request, that the bottom hem be left unfinished.

2) Get binder, slip a sheet of iron-on stabilizer underneath the top layer (between that and the mesh), sticky side up, and iron it on (low heat!) while stretching the top layer slightly to mimic the stretch it will have when wearing.

3) Hoop!

4) Embroider!

5) Remove hoop and stabilizer. Tada, your outer layer is embroidered, and your binding mesh and/or stiff insert are all untouched.

6) Optional: send it back to us to finish the bottom hem, or finish it yourself with a zigzag stitch.

I will be accepting preorders for a few Isaac plushes soon! Stay tuned for details!

Isaac is new and improved! He needed some minor edits and I’m very happy with how he came out! I altered the arch of his mouth, made his teeth thicker and denser, increased the border size around the whites of his eyes, and sewed a little bean bag to put in his belly!

Isaac is made out of minky fabric. I designed and hand drafted his pattern. The pattern was designed to be entirely machine stitched so there are no loose parts. He’s very softly stuffed and the beanie bag I added to his belly makes him extra squishy! Isaac is approximately 7 inches tall. His face is machine embroidered/appliqued.

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17th century book with embroidered cloth binding 
This beautiful binding is among the best preserved and most
splendid of its kind.The floral motifs are embroidered with satin
stitching in silver and luminous colours. The edges are lavishly
decorated, painted in gold and other colours and with gauffering.
The front edge shows the symbol of hope, a woman with an anchor.
 The volume may have belonged to Hedvig Eleonora as there
is a printed dedication to her in one of the works bound together.
National Library of Sweden- (x)
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Making a Can Can Crowley (for the Supernatural/Moulin Rouge group)

I start with a sketch (I changed the ruffles after sketch to imitate Crowley’s demon smoke)

These skirts eat a LOT of fabric. There are two circle skirts, one exterior and one interior made of 7 gored panels each, cut on grain to reduce bias stretch.

And then ruffles!

I cut, stitched, ironed, hemmed, dyed (!!!!) and gathered a 70 yard length of silkatene to make these ruffles.  Another 11 yards was used for the exterior ruffle under the sequined Devil’s Trap. (FYI, that pleated, black satin ruffle started as a thrift shop bedskirt, before I cut it up and stitched it back together)

Then I did another 70 yards for Dean and 84 yards for Sam because Isa is really, really tall.

Mock vest/suit bodice drafted and fitted over my corset. 

Leather crown cut, twisted, hardened into shape, then given a paint job and finished off with swarovski crystals.   

There will be some con shots coming soon!