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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Honoring Women's Rights ~ Week 47

Heroine's Choice
And A Feltwork Tutorial
We are following along with Barbara Brackman's
Block of the Week, Grandmother's Choice.
I like to use felt for applique.  I design
feltwork patterns ~
and thought this would be a good chance to try
a design that was 8 1/2''.
So here is a little free feltwork tutorial
for this week!
I start by determining the size I would
like the piece to be and marking that
measure along the fold of a folded piece
of construction paper.  I then sketch the
design and cut it out and when you open
the folded paper...
... you have your designs.  I used a circle
template for the 1 1/4'' circle and for the
flower shape, this pattern was just slightly
larger than a piece from my
Serendipity pattern so I made it larger.
It is a good idea to lay it all out prior
to cutting your pieces to be sure it all
fits well.
Here are my pattern pieces, just enlarge
the white area until it measures 8 1/2''
across.  At this point I transfer the designs
to poster board and cut them out since this
makes tracing more stable but if you are
only making one, you could trace the
construction paper shapes if you are careful.
Trace onto the dull side of freezer paper.
( If I have scraps left over from bigger
projects I save them and use them for
small pieces like this project.)
Press the shapes onto good quality felt.
I use a 20% wool/80% rayon felt from
National Nonwovens that is excellent
quality and the colors are fabulous.
This is nothing like the 5/$1 craft felt.
Cut out the pieces and pin to your 8 1/2''
background piece. 
I whip stitched all the pieces in place using
a matching embroidery floss.  I then added
some additional stitching to the center using
very simple embroidery stitches such as, the
French Knot and the Lazy Daisy stitch.
I'll be hanging this piece somewhere in
my house.  I hope you will give felt applique
a chance, it is fast, easy & fun.
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