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with Natalie Chanin & The School of Making
Online Class

Creative Embellishments

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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.


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 1h49m

Included in this Class

1. Design Basics

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

2. Four Key Stitches

Create an array of embellishment effects, Alabama Chanin-style, with just four easy stitches! Natalie shares her unique grid system that will keep your stitches even and consistent, then discusses the physics of sewing. These tried-and-true techniques will help your projects stay strong and beautiful for generations to come.

3. Adding Beads & Sequins

3. Adding Beads & Sequins

Beads and sequins add sparkle, texture and dimension to garments. Discover Natalie's simple methods to add seed, chop and bugle beads to your stitching. After that, see how easy it is to add sequins and vary the look with partial or armor beading.

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)
  • Assorted beads