Monday, March 12, 2018

Paganoonoo Give Away - fantastic book on Couture Embellishment by Ellen Miller

Ellen Miller, author of Couture Embellishment
While I was in Solon Ohio shooting episodes of It's Sew Easy (airing summer 2018) I had the pleasure of meeting Ellen Miller.

She had copies of her book on Creating Couture Embellishment, and we were all in awe of the quality of the technical information and examples/illustrations.  

 I was already interested in incorporating more embellishment in my upcycling and am super excited to try these techniques.  I see embellishments as a terrific way to upcycle, with or without using deconstruction and reconstruction.

I believe Ellen's book will prove to be THE gold standard of couture embellishment techniques for decades to come. 
Chapters cover fabric-manipulation techniques of pleating, quilting, tucking, ruffling, shirring, and smocking, as well as the fabrication and application of feathers, beading, embroidery, flowers, decorative ribbons and bows, bias bindings and piping, fringe, braids, and passementerie. The heirloom quality created by the insertion or application of lace is also explored.
Featuring a visual index of every embellishment in the book that is designed to offer inspiration as well as showcasing the myriad of choice, Creating Couture Embellishment provides a comprehensive sourcebook of ideas for the student, professional, and home sewer alike.

 I bought a copy for myself and am thrilled with the opportunity study each page.  
Would you like your own copy?  Ellen was generous enough to offer a copy as a giveaway for Paganoonoo readers. 
On May 1, 2018 I will choose the lucky winner.  
Enter now by sending a quick note about why you would like to win a copy of this book.  Send it to or make a comment on this post. 

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  1. I’m a sucker for embellishments. They’re like jewelry for my clothes. This book would help me add variety to my sewing,

  2. Michelle, I'm always looking for ways to decorate my clothing, using everything from my embroidery machine, to leftover scraps of lace and beads. This book would be a WONDERFUL way to learn more techniques.

  3. What a great sounding book. Would love to have it

  4. Oh my, I would love to learn from this book. I'm always looking for new and unusual embellishment techniques.


  5. This book sounds like it would take my embellishing to the next, or even further, level. I'm sure I could make good use of it. Thanks for the offer.

  6. What a lovely book; full of wonderful pictures and ideas. Thank you for the give-away opportunity.

  7. Came across your blog today - wow! What inspiring up-cycling! I can't wait to try some of your ideas!

    I am always looking for new ways to elevate the garments I make and Ellen Miller's book looks incredible! What an amazing resource for sewists!

  8. When sewing garments, fabulous finishing touches really make a difference. This book looks like it has a treasure trove of ideas.
    Carol b

  9. I’m pinching myself that this book exists! A book filled with the ultimate in couture techniques, yes please! I would love it to read, to dream and to do. 😍😍😍

  10. I love Ellens book and would love to add pizzaz and fine detail to my garments. P)ls put me into the drawing. Thank you