Patchwork amd applique workshop

We may have been a small group but I couldn’t be more pleased with the results of the workshop. There’s just something about stitching into your felt that is so relaxing – go on, try it.

Fortunately I had pre-felts in the desired colours so we could get straight down to the business of yarn choice. It is possible to do these techniques in such a way that the stitching is invisble but both ladies chose to make the yarn part of the overall patterning.

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The addition of orange to the blue and purple stripes makes this cushion sing. It’s for Judith’s son so applique and other embellishments were eschewed.

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It was a very good choice of yarn which was mainly grey with small flecks of other colours. It’s amazing how different the yarn seemed when felted and, though you can’t see it on this photo, how some of the coloured flecks became very visible. Judith’s stitching is very neat but she surprised me by going for an irregular edge which I believe suits it very well.

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Sue had collected fallen leaves during her dog walking forays and you can definitely see the inspiration they provided.

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Again, the choice of yarns was very good. The background and some of the applique was stitched with a space dyed mohair yarn. Having visible stitching has really added to the effect.

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This is a fabulous autumn image but I also wanted to show you the stitching on this leaf which was created with a roving type yarn. It’s felted down very well but has styayed raised so not only has the colour added to the pattern, the yarn has added to the texture. It pays to experiment.

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