Chapter 6: Hard edge applique



Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

Festive Bird feathers, bonded applique using Bondaweb, Natesh variegated threads in Satin stitch on furnishing fabric.


Motifs based on the Swan stencils


Bondawebbed black and peach poly-cotton, and peach dyed vilene on a striped poly-cotton fabric coloured with a ‘paper bag print’.  (Dismembered printed paper bag/florist’s paper ironed onto fabric).


Stitched using variegated Natesh: Black/white and quilting ‘feather stitch’ pattern 111, Peach ombre and automatic pattern 99, both of which looked a bit like bird footprints.


Raised Applique

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

This is out of focus (sorry), but shows an unsuccessful attempt to cut out and then stitch the two pieces together.  So I stitched first and cut out afterwards.


This was done using the same fabric and stitches as the previous sample, with the addition of a black vinyl surfaced fabric.


Two ground fabrics for the resolved sample

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

White poly-cotton with Markal Oil sticks using feather stencils


Calico using different coloured Markal

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

Photocopy with cut paper design using Feather patterns.

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

Right side of Free-standing motif (stitched first, then cut out)

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

Reverse of Free-standing motif

Fabric with blue feathers in cotton fabric bondawebbed and zig-zag stitch

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

Finished Sample

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

Close-up of slightly padded sheer, and shiny fabric feather showing a feather-like  automatic pattern

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

Showing the back of the free-standing motif.

I was not totally happy with this: the feather-like automatic pattern did not permit the indentations in the pale green feathers to show up, and although the sheers sort-of worked, I think I would have done another worked up ‘Finished Piece’.  However, using the free-standing motif on topof the large blue feather broke up an otherwise too large piece, but enabled the indentations to be seen.