a strong bonding fusible webbing for applique. Janet recommends "Steam-a-seam".
- Adhere the
applique parts to the background fabric in small stints and then
buttonhole stitch. Do not adhere the whole quit and then sit down
and buttonhole stitch for hours.
a hoop while buttonhole stitching.
sharp fine scissors for cutting your applique shapes from the fabric.
Large or blunt scissors can make the fabric fray as you cut.
same principle applies when doing this stitch for general Needlework.
But the edge of the applique shape would be your design line.
Blanket stitch This
stitch is some times called Blanket stitch. Buttonhole and Blanket
stitch are formed in the same way. The difference if that Blanket
stitch has its spikes spaced apart more than the Buttonhole stitch
with its spikes closer together.
Bring the needle out at the edge of the applique shape.
Put the needle down into the applique shape.
3. Bring the needle out at the edge of the shape through
the background fabric and take thread under the needle. Make sure
the needle is kept vertical to the edge of your shape.
4. When you pull the thread through the fabric make
sure the thread being pulled is level with the fabric, not in the
air. This makes sure the straight edge of the stitching formed
sits flat and in a continuous flat straight stitch formation.
Now bring the needle down at the X and out at the O. Continue
the above steps the produce a row of Buttonhole
Take the needle through to the back of the fabric on the right hand
side of the loop.
Pull thread through so the front sits flat.
On the back of the fabric take the needle under last
stitch made keeping thread on the back of the fabric.
Now take the needle up through the fabric and out
where shown above.
Then keep stitching the Buttonhole stitching as normal.
Note in the above photo the corner stitch is on an angle and
Note in the above photo the stitches get slightly shorter towards
the narrow point.
during a row of stitching
or starting a new length of thread.
Take the needle down into the fabric but leave a small
loop of green thread on top of the fabric. Cut off the thread on the
back leaving about a 2 inch green tail. Leave tail hanging for now.
With the new pink colour in your needle bring the needle up inside
the loop at the edge of the applique shape.
Pull needle with the pink thread out through the loop
and then tighten up the green loop from pulling on it's tail at back
of fabric. Secure the tail to the back of your fabric through past
Bring the needle out and take back into the fabric on the outside of
The instructions in JMD Designs
retail pattern packs are a lot more
detailed than what is given here in this tutorial above.
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