I love Wool Appliqué! It’s easy – It’s quick and I love the look when it’s finished. Whenever I need something on the run I usually go with an embroidery but a wool project is just as easy to transport. Especially, if the pattern needs to be stitched with one color thread. Wool Appliqué has a bit of prep work involved. But, after the prep, it’s just stitching.
Here’s what I am currently working on –
It’s called “Birds of a Feather” by Primitive Gatherings . To me, Primitive Gathering is the Mecca of wool. Lisa Bongean is so very talented! She must design and create in her sleep! I love looking at her wool under my Stella Task light. The True-color mode really shows the hand dyed colors and variations in the wool! It’s all so pretty. Check out her online store – you will love it!
Here’s how I begin.
I’m still “old school” with my appliqué. I know everyone uses a fusible web product to hold the pieces in place but I still go the freezer paper route. I draw off the pattern on the dull side of the freezer paper – iron it on the wool and cut it out. This way if I want to do the pattern again, I just re-use the freezer paper pieces I have already cut out. They can be re-stuck down with the iron many, many times.
I copied off the pattern to a piece of card stock for the stem placement. I cut away where the stem lines needed to be drawn in and I added them to the base wool with a blue frixion pen. You can see the blue line under the bird. These pens are erasable by heat. When I block this project, it will disappear.
Here’s a trick I learned at the Houston Quilt Show a few years ago. I saw someone staple down all the wool pieces to the background to hold them in place. I tried it several years ago and I am hooked on this technique. Especially since I don’t use fusible web. I needed something stronger than a little spot of basting glue to place and hold my wool pieces. Wool is very forgiving. I have never had any issues with holes. I love good tips!
Now it’s time for stitching. I have a fun project “to go”. Check out the video below to see a twist on the traditional blanket stitch. My version makes your stitches like “soldiers”. I like my stitches at attention. You might like this alternative blanket stitch too.
Enjoy the video below!
Just for fun – Here’s a cute project that will only take an hour or two. All the instructions are included to make this charming little candle accessory. Share one with a friend! Enjoy!
Click here for the instructions – Candle Mat SS
This cute little candle mat pattern is fun to do and uses up the small pieces of felt you have been saving for a rainy day.