Written by Gioia Zhang
Translated by Yuqing Yang
Silk padded applique embroidery is a decorative pattern made of fabrics. It is produced through a series of steps including embossing, weaving, embroidering, stitching, appliqueing, and silk-drawing. The choice of raw materials used in silk applique likewise shows great ingenuity and creativity. The main material for silk embroidery is called phoenix-tail yarn, since the color of this yarn is a gradient resembling the tail of a phoenix. The yarn is only produced in Beijing, and its beauty endures through time.
Silk padded applique embroidery made of phoenix-tail yarn
If you are interested in making this handicraft, maybe today you will be greatly inspired by this lesson. Let’s find out how this 3D effect can be achieved. The steps of making silk padded applique embroidery include:
Sample drawing (left), Reflected sample drawing (right)
Put one piece of tracing paper above the sample drawing and one piece of carbon paper with a paperboard below the sample drawing. Trace the sample drawing with a pencil. The drawing will be transferred onto the paperboard.
- Drawing the boundaries
Specify the areas that will be covered by another layer of fabrics with shadows. These marked areas keep their raw edges for further attachment to a new layer.
- Marking the colors
Mark parts of the pattern with color-coding for different colored phoenix-tail yarns.
- Cutting the paperboard
Cut the paperboard along the black marking line. Make sure to leave the edges smooth.
- Pasting the cotton
Spread glue evenly on paperboard and glue cotton to the paperboard. Shape the cotton along the edge of the paperboards.
- Cutting yarn
Cut phoenix-tail yarn to corresponding color codes along the shape of paperboard. Leave a margin of 3 to 5 millimeters.
- Forming the shape
Spread glue on the edge of the phoenix-tail yarn and hide the margin at the back of the paperboards.
- Organizing the pattern
Place the petals in order and spread glue on the seam. Press the seam flat to set the fabrics.
Glue the piece to a suitable baseboard. Frame the work.
It seems not so difficult after all, right? However, to make silk padded applique embroidery requires not only a pair of dexterous hands, but it also demands one to treat every detail and the position of layered fabrics with extreme care. Only in this way will the whole art piece be lively and vivid.
Silk padded applique embroidery: Characters from Eight Immortals
Silk padded applique embroidery of flowers
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