I thought this would be a good time to review some stitching tools I use when doing wool applique. These are things I like to use regularly that you might like to try. I’ve also thrown in some random tips on fun stitches you can use. Enjoy!
I use chenille needles because they have a larger eye that can handle perle cotton or embroidery floss.
I use size 22 because that is a good length for me. The higher the number, the shorter the needle. Try different length needles to see which works best for you.
Do you have a problem with the perle cotton or embroidery floss not running smoothly through your applique pieces? I use Thread Magic to help condition my thread.
It’s not beeswax and it’s acid free so it’s safe for all your fabrics and threads. I like the design of the container too. Those indentations allow you to make use of all the product without having to dig into the container.
Simply run your thread through like shown in the photo:
Use one neutral color perle cotton for a consistent look. If you want your stitches to show, use a darker color. If you do not want your stitches to show, use a color that matches your applique.
On the left, you see I used thread that contrasts so my stitches show for a more primitive look. On the right, I used thread that matched my appliques as closely as possible so the stitches blend in. This is a personal choice. Choose the thread based what you want the focus of your piece to be. I like to use Valdani Perle cotton size 8 that comes in a lot of beautiful colors. The higher the number, the thinner the thread. I like the thickness of size 8, you may like your thread thicker or thinner.
Have fun with your stitches. We all know the traditional blanket stitch and whip stitch. How about switching it up and adding French knots or even some cross-hatching on stems? Here’s some of my fun stitches:
These stitches add a little more fun to your applique projects!
2020 BOM Block #2
Here it is! With spring a month away, this flower gives us a hint of what’s to come.
Find the PDF instructions here: 2020 BOM Block #2
So there you have it. Some tools and tips for wool applique and my 2020 BOM block 2. I have a limited amount of wool only kits for this block in my store. Share with me some of your thoughts on wool applique. You will be entered into a drawing for my pattern Warm & Wooly Welcome with your comment!
The drawing will be on Monday, March 2nd so you have plenty of time to enter!