Rouleau, also known as rouleaux, is a decorative technique involving intricate patterns. It’s often made with bias tape, cording or piping. The designs are predetermined, pinned in place and hand sewn to a backing fabric. They can then be used like appliques on a garment.
Many rouleau designs are Celtic in origin. Of course, your designs can be fantastic swirls or straightforward patterns.
What kinds of designs do you think would look good with this technique? My first thought is to add interlacing loops along necklines, sleeves, or hems. The designs would look beautiful in the same fabric as the garment or really give it some oomph in a contrasting shade.
Have you ever used rouleau? What worked for you?
If not, stay tuned later this week, when Rachel presents a tutorial for making your own!
Some related posts you might be interested in:
- Tutorial: Surface Cording: Surface cording is very similar to rouleau, but it’s usually sewn in a design straight onto the fabric. Here’s a tutorial on how to do it.
- Detail Inspiration: Piping: Some beautiful examples of piping in vintage and modern garments.
- Tutorial: Continuous Bias Tape: To make rouleau, first you need to make bias tape. This tutorial shows you how.