A decorative design, logo or pattern created by combining overlapping letters or emblems to create one symbol to represent a person’s initials, personal possessions or the mark of a particular institution.
Commonly printed on stationary, napkins, etc. or embroidered on clothing and household items. May also be engraved into jewelry, watches and silverware. Monograms were printed on coins as early as 350 B.C. They were also used as signatures by artists and craftsman or as a sign of aristocracy in family crests. Read More...
Glass crystal is formed by a combination of sand (silica), soda (a form of salt), and lime (burnt limestone) which melt together under extreme heat. The Swarovski Company perfected this technique with a secret recipe they’ve used for over 100 years, producing crystals that are truly stunning, identical in cut and faceted with flawless accuracy and long lasting color.
Swarovski flat-back rhinestones have 14 facets instead of the typical 8 facets. Additionally, Swarovski crystals have a higher lead content which increases clarity in their flatback rhinestones. Devotion to accuracy and detail has made Swarovski crystals the most prized rhinestones to use and own.
For thousands of years, people have been creating and collecting glass stones for their natural beauty. In the Elizabethan period, gems were often stitched into embroidered household and costume items to enhance their beauty Click here to read more about embellished embroidery.
A blend of rayon and very thin metal strands, giving the thread a glossy, textured look for highlighting and accenting embroidered or other decorated garments. Metallic embroidery thread is similar in strength to other 40 weight embroidery threads, but should not be used as a substitute for thin beading and jewelry wire.
Adding embellishments like embroidery, sequins, crystals and beading to a piece of clothing or an accessory can take it from ordinary to a one-of-a-kind extraordinary. However, knowing how to care for it may seem confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. With a little effort and a gentle hand, your embellishments can last as long as the garment they adorn. Read more...
Think of these threads as you would a rainbow. On a single strand of thread, the color changes from light to dark, or from one color to another, at intervals. Variegated threads add warmth and dimension to embroidery, quilting and other decorative stitching projects. Short, uniform color intervals provide maximum rainbow effects with a blend of stunning color.