Sew-Along - Create Custom Trim with Mary Funt 23rd June 2021


We are very happy to welcome Mary Funt who will be giving a presentation on creating custom trim.

Mary has been writing her blog Cloning Couture since 2014 which explores the world of Couture Sewing.

After finding that the ready-made trim which is available to buy lacks the softness and quality found in couture garments Mary has developed several methods to enable you to create your own trim to match your fabric. 

Using different techniques such as crochet, weaving and beading you will be able to use your imagination to create beautiful original trim for your couture garments.

If you would like to make a sample along with Mary here is a list of materials that you can gather together beforehand.  Please Note: you will need a basic knowledge of crochet as this will not be taught during the presentation.

An assortment of yarns in colours that compliment your fabric. Chunky weight (suitable for 5-7 mm knitting needles) is used to crochet the base of the trim. If you want to make thin knitted cords using an I-Cord knitter fingering or lace weight yarn works best. Bulky/Super Chunky weight yarn makes a good filler to give I-cord and fabric tubes more volume.

Crochet hooks: Sizes US C (2.75mm), US D (3.25mm), US E (3.5mm) and US F (3.75mm). If you’re unfamiliar with crochet stitches, then a large hook such as a 6mm, and worsted yarn are good for practice. It’s easier to see the larger stitches and a non-textured yarn works better when learning. When you’re comfortable with making the crochet stitches, experiment with finer, textured yarns.

Device for knitting narrow tubing. Embellish Knitter or I-Cord knitter available on Amazon. The device comes with a clip-on weight. Additional weights such as large metal washers are helpful with some yarns.

Mary will demonstrate how to make narrow bias tubes of fabric and fill them with chunky yarn but for your sample, it will be easier to practice with yarn.

Mary will also demonstrate turning and filling fabric tubes with brass trim tubes. The tubes are a set of 8 graduated sizes of 12 inch long hollow brass tubes. They also help when inserting filler into the knitted cord. You will not need these for this presentation, they are available from Mary's shop - if you would like some it might be an idea if we place an order for several sets together to combine the postage.

The pictures show examples of the trim you could make 

1 - Cream Linton tweed using a combination of yarns from the fabric and other coordinating yarns.

2 - Trim created using only crochet stitches

3 - Two versions of trim for this black & white Linton tweed fabric

4 - Trims created using knitted cord

5 - The Embellish Knit device is shown with examples of knitted tubing. The tubing can be used as-is or filled with thick yarn.

This sew-along will take place on Zoom, once you book I will send you a link and more information

Let's have fun and make some custom trim :)

Materials Needed:  as listed above

Level: Intermediate, you will need a basic understanding of simple crochet stitches if you wish to make the sample during the presentation.

Venue: Your Own Home

Date: Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Workshop Start/End time:  6pm - .00pm GMT

Workshop Duration: 1 evening

Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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Workshop Start23 Jun 2021