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30 Minutes with Workroom Tech: Episode 85 - Traditional Fabric Embellishments

On this episode of The Sew Much More Podcast: 30 Minutes with Workroom Tech, Ceil and Susan talk about English country house style and traditional embellishments.

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Antiques, flowers, soft cushions, draperies, art, and fabric, fabric, fabric! Traditional English country house design details are still relevant and making a come-back. Susan and Ceil share some of their favorites on this episode of the podcast.

Bows can be used for tiebacks, pillow closures and for chair cushions. See how art bows are used in the 2024 Flower Magazine Showhouse, dining room design by interior designer James Farmer in the video below

Rosettes can be made spiraling gathered or pleated ruffles. Use large rosettes for accents on swags, valances and drapery. Small rosettes can be used for pillows and upholstery accents. A Maltese cross is a beautiful style of rosette which can be made by overlapping two bows, or cut to the cross shape as shown below.

A chou or choux literally means "cabbage" in French and you may hear it called a "cabbage rosette". It can be used like any rosette and made large or small. Add interlining to give thin fabrics more dimension.

Detailed instructions for a variety of fabric embellishments can be found in books by authors Caroline Wrey, Maureen Whitemore, and Merrick & Day.

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