Thursday, 7 June 2012

Freezer paper appliqué

 Over the last couple of months I have been teaching myself various applique techniques in order to produce some samples for my Embroidery Course inspired my by chosen theme of Celtic Art. Havng spent many hours sketching and painting designs and motifs from Celtic objects - jewellry, swords, shields, ceramics, I finally decided on a 'palmette' motif. here's a picture from my sketchbook and the finished sample of needle-turn applique.

I used freezer paper to cut out each piece of fabric with a 1/4" seam allowance. Then I pinned each segment to the background fabric on which I had drawn out the design in dressmakers pencil, so I had a guide to positioning each piece. Needle-turning the seam allowance was quite a challenge!  The freezer paper method is much easier, and one I would be more likely to use for this kind of project in the future.

Applique palmette design