Learn to make the most of basic materials and how to use the unexpected. The 20 original step-by-step projects show you how to combine techniques. This is a comprehensive book on all kinds of fabric embellishment techniques, and includes fabric painting, using ribbons, and much more. There are many books on the market that teach simple sewing, but little for the sewer who has mastered basic skills and wants to add further embellishments to fabric items. This book contains a myriad of practical step-by-step techniques for all kinds of decorative sewing, fabric painting, ribbonwork and beading, along with dozens of ideas for expanding upon those techniques. Nothing is very complicated, but everything is creative, exciting and above all, decorative. Learn a range of useful embroidery stitches, applique and patchwork techniques, and how to add pin-tucking, ruching or gathers. Embellishment techniques include beading, ribbon trimming and weaving, fabric painting, printing and making tassels, cords and crochet trims. Techniques can be applied to existing items, to give a much-loved but sadly unfashionable shirt a new lease of life, or used to customise bed linen to co-ordinate with a decorative scheme. However, there are also simple items to make from scratch, such as a pin-tucked bag or silk and ribbon cushion. All the templates and patterns you need are at the back of the book.