When we are often working a project, we are often in a position to add trim as a decorative touch. Whether lace, fringe, rick rack, piping, pompoms, blanket binding, bias tape, or some other form of decoration, picking the right trim for your project relates to your sewing ability, coordination with fabric and with the project itself, and the unique touches that make each item you make a reflection of your unique abilities.
First, it’s important to remember that if you are using a pattern or tutorial, you always have the option to embellish or adjust a trim to whatever your tastes reflect. At current, I am making a series of scarves for our company to sell, and I have used two different styles of trim, with a few others to select from. Even though I followed a basic pattern that called for something specific (pompoms), I found sewing them on to be cumbersome. They were hard to work with and they would change the fabric allowance on the edges. Given I wasn’t real familiar with working with pompoms, I opted for fringe, and then for rick rack, both of which worked better and added an air of sophistication to the items. I still followed the directions for some of the designs, but for many more, I mixed it up and came to love and appreciate the pattern, that much more.
Second, considering cost is also essential in any project. It’s not a secret that fabric and trims aren’t the cheapest things in the world to purchase, and buying trim can become a particularly expensive task when circumventing an entire garment or item. Pompoms, lace, and piping typically run more than rick rack, bias tape, binding, or basic fringe, but may look better on a garment. If you are uncertain, you can always bring a piece of what you are working on to the store with you, in order to consider what works best – and looks best – with your fabrics, colors, and design.
Third, considering the type of trim you want to use, also consider placement. Things such as piping, rick rack, lace, and sometimes even fringe can easily look out of place if they aren’t examined and properly placed on a garment. Blanket binding and bias tape can look downright wrong when they are improperly placed. Using too little or too much can radically change the way a garment looks, so think about where you want to place the trim, how much you want to place on your garment, and how you can best work such accents into what you are already doing.
Fourth, learn how to apply trims properly on your project. There are right and wrong ways to apply trim, and it is worth learning the right way to handle each trim you use. Sometimes a project can require applying a trim in an interesting or unexpected way, so take the time to figure out just how to best apply the trim to your project.
Fourth, don’t be afraid to mix it up! Try something new, use something you never have before, and experiment with your accents, because one accent might give your project a new look you never imagined possible.
Lee Ann B. Marino…is a full-time minister, author, professor, editor, and publisher. Her most recent book, Rubies And Pearls: One Hundred Days For Change, was published in March 2017. She has been involved with Christian ministry for over nineteen years and serves as a licensed and ordained minister of the Gospel, serving in her own ministry, Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries. Within the Kingdom of God, Lee Ann serves in the five-fold ministry office of apostle. She currently oversees twenty ministries worldwide and also serves as Chancellor for Apostolic University.
Nicknamed “the Coco Chanel of holy garments,” Lee Ann has been involved in crafting and sewing for over thirty years. She has been involved in design layout and printing for almost twenty-five years. Much of her crafting training comes from her mom, Nina, and from observing others and their crafting skills.
Her work as the CEO and one of the designers for Rose of Sharon Creations gives her a unique opportunity to use different skills and gifts to bless God’s people with her designs.
Nina B. Marino…is a Registered Nurse and Legal Nurse Consultant. She has been involved in the nursing profession for over forty years and in legal nurse consulting for over twenty years. Nina also works and operates in Christian ministry. Within the Kingdom of God, Nina serves as a prophetess and intercessor. She is a member of Sanctuary International Fellowship Tabernacle – SIFT in Raleigh, North Carolina, and she also assists the southeast division for Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries.
Nina has been involved in crafting, sewing, crocheting, knitting, alterations, and other crafting work for sixty years. She is self-taught in many of her crafting skills, observing from those around her. Rose of Sharon Creations gives her the opportunity to share her skills and talents with others, especially those who are Kingdom-minded and focused.
At Rose of Sharon Creations, we make:
- Handkerchiefs for men and women, including custom-embroidered words, designs, and specialized designs
- Lap scarves and lap scarf/handkerchief sets
- Prayer/praise flags and banners
- Church banners
- Prayer shawls/mantles, for men and women, and available in different fabrics for prayer and dance
- Altar/modesty cloths
- Hand-stitched bookmarks
- Custom-made Bible and book covers
- Custom-designed minister’s towels
- Framed knickknacks
- Framed cross-stitched designs
- Tote bags
- Mini quilts, baby quilts, and full-size quilts
- Decorative pillows
- Flyers, posters logos and minister’s seals
We are also venturing into new crafting ideas that relate to quilting and patchwork techniques, upcycled materials, and many new tutorials which shall be featured on this blog.
The Wind is sewing with needles of rain. With shining needles of rain It stitches into the thin Cloth of earth. In, In, in, in. Oh, the wind has often sewed with me. One, two, three. Spring must have fine things To wear like other springs. Of silken green the grass must be Embroidered. One and two and three. Then every crocus must be made So subtly as to seem afraid Of lifting colour from the ground; And after crocuses the round Heads of tulips, and all the fair Intricate garb that Spring will wear. The wind must sew with needles of rain, With shining needles of rain, Stitching into the thin Cloth of earth, in, In, in, in, For all the springs of futurity. One, two, three. - Hazel Hall (Public Domain)