9/25/2010

Addendum to Birds on Felt

I received an e-mail asking me to be more specific as to how I applique the birds (flowers, rabbits, etc.) to the block with the stitching appearing invisible... I hope this clarifies it..

The very first step is to outline your motif in a VERY TIGHT chain stitch...for two reasons. 1. Felt has a tendency to stretch and you don't want your robin turning into an eagle.... 2. The tight chain stitch defines the edge nicely and you can weave all outer stitches into it and it makes cutting it out later very tidy indeed.. When it comes time to applique the motif onto something you can weave your stitching into this same tight chain stitch....

With this photo of Arlene's bird you can see I am only part way through doing the long and short. As I start the green tail I will weave the long and short stitches along the edge right into the chain stitch.

Once that is done I turn it over so I can see the original chain stitch and using small scissors I cut right next to the chain stitch... You have a nice secure edge for applique...nothing to turn under or fray...... Then I use matching threads and stitch the applique down catching the thread into that original "very tight chain stitch" and occasionally weaving it a stitch or two into the applique.. ... literally making the attachment process part of the motif.

As I go around the motif I change the thread I am using to match the colors in the motif... So on Arlene's bird I will use green, blue and red as I sew it down...

As you can see on the with the goldfinches it would had been yellow, white, and black...




4 comments:

MosaicMagpie said...

Thank you I was curious about this too.
Debbie

Pollydo2003 said...

My lorrikeet is looking fabulous, it's nice to know how he was put together. Thanks so much for sharing Gerry.
Arlene

Suztats said...

Thank you for sharing that information with us. I know I shall be using this technique in my CQing!

Allison Ann Aller said...

This is brilliant!
I'm taking a little road trip this week and have been wracking my brains for small portable handwork (with no CQ project going at the moment--horrors!). This bird on felt idea is perfect! Though it may end up being butterflies.
Thanks Gerry!

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