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Creative Embellishments

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Learn Natalie Chanin’s signature methods for embellishing hand-sewn garments.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable supply list, stencil design, stitch sample template and beading glove instructions
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Natalie Chanin

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Renowned fashion designer Natalie Chanin reveals her appliqué and beading techniques to build beautiful layers of texture through embellishment. Expanding on Natalie’s previous class, “The Swing Skirt: Techniques & Construction,” learn four key stitches and Natalie's signature techniques to embellish any garment or home accessory with beads, sequins and more. You’ll be provided with a toolbox of creative possibilities to expand your skills and create more artistic designs.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Design Basics
Meet Natalie and get a refresher on the methods and materials you'll need to get started, including fabrics, threads and beads. Then she guides you through making color swatches, choosing colorways and stenciling or inking fabrics to create patterns.
2. Four Key Stitches
3. Adding Beads & Sequins
4. Quilting & Reverse-Appliqué Techniques
5. Appliqué Techniques
6. Combining Techniques & Inspiration Projects

Recommended with this class

  • Fabric for stenciling (stencil templates included!)
  • Fabric paint or permanent markers
  • Spray bottles, makeup sponges or stencil brushes for stenciling (or airbrush)

Taught by

Natalie Chanin
Natalie Chanin
Based in Florence, Alabama, Natalie "Alabama" Chanin is the founder and creative director of the popular lifestyle company Alabama Chanin and The School of Making, its educational counterpart. Natalie strives for complete sustainability at every stage of the manufacturing process. In 2013, she won the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge, an award that celebrates great American designers working in sustainable fashion. Natalie has a degree in Environmental Design with a focus on industrial and craft-based textiles from North Carolina State University.

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