Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Sewing the string of pearls to the collar and cuffs

I use a double thread, waxed and then pressed to melt the wax into it. This gives it strength and it also reduces tangling and knotting. First, I insert the needle in the fold (the fold of the cuff in this pictures) and take it out, making sure the needle and thread are in the back of the string of pearls.




I then bring the needle and thread to the front. What I do is actually a blanket stitch (see a drawing below), but I take care to thread the needle through the thread that joins the little pearls. Hope the pic speaks better than me :)





And this is how the stitch looks...



And now I put the needle in the same spot where I started the blanket stitch, thread it through the fold and take it out near the next pearl.

8 comments:

christina said...

Thanks for showing that. I wouldn't have thought to do a blanket stitch, but it makes sense; your trim is very secure now.

rosanne said...

Love that look, Laura! The pearls are so elegant. You should be proud of your workmanship. I love it and can't wait to see the finished jacket!

Summerset said...

I hope this posts, I've been trying to comment all day!

Your work is lovely, and exactly what I'd do with the pearls if sewing them on by hand. Hand sewing allows you much more control of those small stitches than a machine ever could!

Tany said...

Outstanding work, Laura! Thank you for sharing!

Sigrid said...

Lovely detail on the collar. Thanks for sharing how you did this.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Thanks for sharing the technique you used for applying the pearls...can I say it again? I can't wait to see the finished version!

Melissa said...

Wow, that is beautiful looking!

jemima bean said...

Very cool tutorial! I love the pearls, and I've always been stumped at how to stitch those on. Thank you!