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1880s Russian court dress, embellished with silk fringe, velvet ruffles, and embroidery with glass crystals and silver sequins.
Sandra Escacena wearing a dress with floral embellishments.

In sewing and crafts, an embellishment is anything that adds design interest to the piece.[1]

Examples in sewing and craft[edit]

Items that normally serve a function may also be used as embellishment. For example:

  • buttons can be placed anywhere on the piece
  • zippers can be unzipped and be used as piping, or simply stitched on
  • buckles can be placed anywhere on the piece
  • grommets can be placed anywhere even when there is no cord is looped through them
  • sequins can be placed anywhere


  1. ^ Threads magazine (12 November 2014). "19 Inventive Embellishment Ideas". threads. The Taunton Press, Inc. Retrieved 19 March 2019.