Something about sequins

I love sequins. I remember seeing dance costumes when I was a child and looking in wonder at the beautiful patterns made by sequins sewn onto fabric.

A couple of years ago I dabbled with sequins, reading through books, practising some of the patterns. Using the sequins, sometimes with tiny seed beads, I made some stunning embellishments.  Well I thought so : )  Using very simple techniques! They were only samples, and sadly, I am not sure if I still have them with me.  Those practice sessions have stayed in the back of my mind and I found recently I just had to go my local craft store and stock up on supplies.

What might have been behind this as well as I recently read an item about the re-make of the movie, The Great Gatsby. I’m not sure where I read it so unfortunately I can’t give credit to the source. The item mentioned the beautiful fashions of the twenties and whether the release of the movie would influence fashions – clothing and accessories created using feathers, sequins, beads and more..

Here are some photos of my first effort.

I have hand stitched the silver sequins with silver-lined Delicas onto black felt (I love sewing on felt!). Each petal has been sewn separately. With the centre I used black felt and for additional detail I sewed white net on the back, with more sequins, of course! I added a little pleat in the net so it wouldn’t sit too flat.

At night the sequins look stunning!

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