Design Styles, Nidhi's Special

Appliqué and Patch Work

Hey Everyone!

Appliqué and Patch Work are 2 techniques that are famous all over the world for enhancement of fabrics and products. These 2 happen to be my favorite too as they generate a lot of surface interest and novelty by means of ornamentation.

In earlier days, geometric motifs were used to build the patterns for the 2 of these and these techniques were considered to be a good form of creative past time. Today, we look up to these techniques to add essence and focus to a particular look, be it for fashion, home or lifestyle products. Moreover, designers these days are trying out a lot of unusual shapes in appliqué and a lot of different textures for patch work.

Patch work is a form of fabric craft or needle work in which fabrics are sewn together carefully without any puckering to make a larger design or fabric. Whereas, appliqué is a craft or needle work in which a cut motif/pattern is sewn over the base fabric in order to decorate it. However, both the techniques are even crafted with machine these days.

Here are a few pictures to demonstrate how patch work and appliqué look like.


By-Jane Hopkins
By-Alternative Windows
By-Dont Look Now
By-Cray Berry Creek
By-Oh Fransson
By-Kathy Mcneil Quilts
By- Sandra Leichner
By-Image Made In China
By- Kids and Cribs
By-Lemon Tree Tales
By- Etsy


Design Styles, Nidhi's Special


Hey Everyone,

The theme Traditional Legacy combines the adapted spirit of the past with present day craft to rework and formulate an altogether new design trend. Integrating the simplistic and minimalistic modern with the gone by attitude of opulence gives rise to some very stylish surface ornamentation techniques. The fabrics are similar to what were used some decades back, but with some new technical touches in ornamentation. It depicts a classic mix of everything already existing with today’s ornamentation in a youthful manner.

LOOK: Opulent, rich, youthful, modern

COLORS: Maroon, Burgandy, Plum, Purple, Fuschia, Gold, Bronze, Silver, Off White, Cream

FABRICS: Silk, Silk Jacquards, Chenille, Art silk, fabrics with shimmering Lurex, Felt

PATTERNS: Traditional Patterns, Stripes, Bold Spot Motifs, Figurative, Geometric

ORNAMENTATION TECHNIQUES: Appliqué, Gathering, Layering, Couching, Self Embroidery, Brasso

Below are a few pictures to illustrate some surface ornamentation techniques that could be used for this theme. Please note that the colors in these illustrations may not match the requirement of the theme.