Saturday, 30 November 2013

Hard Edge Applique and Poinsettias

30th November 2013


I used my poinsettia template to make these using my soldering iron, very quick and easy, then stitched small gold beads in the centre to secure. The red is organza backed with bondaweb and ironed onto polyester lining, the green is sponged scrim backed with bondaweb ironed onto green lining.

Think I will make them into cards but they could also be used as a decoration.

In Unit 5 I have to show an example of hard edge applique. I have used this method many times in other units, usually with flowers, so decided to make a simple picture for a child.

I searched my dyed fabric stash and found a space dyed cotton which looked like the sky....



..painted a 'horizon line' using a lovely metallic fabric paint....


...then painted 'waves' using two shades of blue and some white.  The sun was printed with a cork.

I backed this with a fine wadding and stitched horizontal straight lines in two shades of blue for the sky and wavy lines in two darker shades for the sea.

A boat and sails were added, these show hard edge applique (satin stitch) and lastly I free machined over the sun in a circular motion using gold metallic thread.


This could be made into a personalised picture or wallhanging for a child.