Applique is one of my most favorite embroidery techniques. See why you will love it too!
One of the main reasons for applique embroidery is that you can use fabric rather than thread to make a statement. The fabric was perfectly chosen for the denim coat project. Decorative Applique Flowers, design 6 by Erinas Designs was a fun exclamation point to a toddler jacket.
And batiks are particularly lovely when used as the base fabric for an applique towel. The Elegant Applique Leaves collection from Oma’s Place looks almost lifelike using the subtle color variations of hand-dyed watercolor batiks.
Double-sided applique is perfect for a tea towel because it covers all of the embroidery threads and stabilizers, leaving both sides of the embroidery pretty. It is easy to coordinate colors to decor according to the choice of applique fabric.
Fabric is even more fun to fussy cut, arranging the fabric so that the images printed on it are centered perfectly in your applique.
Stand Alone Projects
Freestanding applique creates clean edges and dozens of possibilities. In-the-Hoop Hoppity Pocket by Embroidery Weekly is just one example. You can create treat bags like this for virtually any occasion.
Make freestanding appliques that can be glued to smaller items like zip bags or toddler shirts that are too small to hoop comfortably. The 4×4 pansy applique from the Flower Garden Quilt by My Fair Lady is one such design. Appliques of this type are great for covering up tears and stains, too.
Small Hoop = Large Project
This Pumpkin Placemat design by Kreative Kiwi has been digitized for a 5×7 hoop even though the finished product measures 10×10. By stitching multiple pieces as freestanding applique and joining them together in the hoop, the results are impressive. See how it is done here.
Give applique a try next week while designs are in the Pop-Up Store at 70% off!