A is for Applique
Welcome 2019! We are all back in the swing of sewing, socializing, and trying to get copious amounts of therapy (textile, that is) in the shop. Gerri has a great line up of teachers this year and the shop will be abuzz with skill building and creativity.
The first part of 2019, the shop blog is going to be going through the A-Z of sewing with each week exploring a different theme as we work our way through the alphabet. You have probably already seen that this week is going to be about applique.
When I first started thinking about it, I thought, “well that’s a pretty easy straight forward topic!” …..hmmmmm… now that I sit down to write…. applique is an amazing and varied aspect of our art/craft.
At its very essence, applique is a type of decorative work where pieces of fabric in different shapes and sizes are sewn or fixed to another to form a picture or pattern. Creators can sew by hand or machine or even just glue on using a fusible interfacing. Smaller pieces of fabric can be placed on top of a larger piece of fabric or, in reverse applique, you layer the fabric and then cut away the top layer to reveal what is underneath. It can be found on very traditional quilts all the way through quite modern pieces. It can involve quilting fabric or wool or any textile for that matter.
Di Ford writes about a type of Applique in her book, “Primary Quilts…2” published by Quiltmania.
“Broderie Perse” is French for “Persian Embroidery” and ascended in popularity in 17th Century Europe. One of my favourite sources, Wikipedia (Wink! Wink!) finds that the style probably traveled from India, and “could be considered an early form of puzzle piecing”. When I told this to Gerri (an AMAZING Broderie Perse person!) her eyes lit up… “Yes, it’s true. I love doing Broderie Perse, and cutting up little pieces and even arranging them into something new… sometimes I’ll even cut up paisley and turn it around to make flowers!” (I love her enthusiasm!) Didn’t she do an absolutely amazing job on this “Aunt Green Coverlet” pattern by Sue Ross???
Di Ford describes how it became popular with the rise in the trade of Chintz fabrics from Asia. These expensive fabrics were primarily used for furnishings and curtains. In the tradition of patchwork, when these fabrics ended their life useful furnishing life, the designs were cut out, redesigned, and embroidered on to a piece of fabric… thus extending the life of an expensive piece of chintz! These examples from her book are just stunning,
I like how people are depicted interacting or watching over the flock of sheep.
Insert photos from Brigette Giblin’s book.
I’m in the shop today and there are just some beautiful projects underway.
Kylie is working on a Wendy William’s project, her Mini Tree of Life Cushion. Wendy’s name is synonymous in Australia and abroad with her amazing patterns using felt applique. Felt applique is so forgiving as you don’t have to turn your edges and the vibrant colours available in felt these days are just stunning.
Trish is working on Lorena Uriarte’s Opal Essence (her second!). Lorena’s design features appliqueing on 1/3 circles on to the fabric, then cutting out the base fabric to reduce the bulk. In this case, the applique is functioning as a piecing element to make a curve so consistent, sharp, and beautiful.
CQW is hosting some fabulous teachers this year that will be teaching a variety of techniques related to applique. Make sure you check the class schedule for the talented Marg Sampson George, Margeret Mew, Karen Cunningham, Sue Cody, Brigette Giblin, Lorena Uriarte and more!!!