Wednesday, February 10, 2010

No Sew Embroidery

You don't need a seamstress to give linens a makeover. This simplified approach to couching, which traditionally involves hand stitching, doesn't require the labor of a needle and thread- just cording, fabric glue, and a disappearing ink pen,plus a marker and graph paper to map out a design. Once you learn the basic technique, use it to embellish bed skirts, drapes, and more.

How to couch:

With a dark marker, draw your design on a graph paper, using the grid to make the pattern uniform. Place graph paper under the fabric surface; with a disappearing ink pen,trace the design onto fabric. Working in small sections, go over traced lines with fabric glue, carefully arrange cording over glue. To prevent fraying, treat all cut ends of cording with a dab of fabric glue.

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