Welcome back to week 2 of my wool appliqué series! If you missed the first installment, here is a link: Wool Appliqué Made Easy! – Part 1. This week, I will cover tips on creating your wool pieces using the fusible shapes you drew and cut out last week and laying out the motif on your background. I will share other related tips also. There will be another mini video tutorial at the end. So let’s get started!
Creating Your Wool Shapes
In this step, we use those fusible web template shapes we created in part 1 to make your appliqués from the wool.
Place the fusible shapes in a corner on the piece of wool you have chosen so there is as little waste of wool as possible when they are cut out. After you have the shapes in place, follow the manufacturer’s directions for the fusible web and use your iron to fuse it to the wool.
Tip! Wool can be used on either side, however one side of your piece of wool may be prettier than the other, especially if you have a piece of hand dyed wool. Choose the side you like and iron the fusible shape to the other side.
Once I am sure the fusible is fused completely to the wool, I cut away the rest of the wool and put it back in my stash. I like to use the scissors below. The have a sharp serrated edge and cut the wool cleanly.
Now it’s time to use the drawn lines to cut out the shapes. Remember that we cut out the fusible shapes outside the lines last week. Following the drawn line now insures our final wool appliqués pieces above look like an actual flower. It’s easier to cut along lines now than trying to follow the outside of the fusible web edge.
Once the shape is completely cut out, you can peel off and discard the fusible paper. Notice how the back of the shape is now shiny (photo below). That was transferred from the fusible web when it was ironed earlier and it’s the side that will be placed face down on the background later.
Now that you have all the appliqué shapes cut out from the wool, it’s time to layout the design. We will now use those lines you drew or folded into your background last week.
Stems: If your appliqué motif has stems, those are usually laid out first and glued in place. Stems for these projects are commonly as thin as 1/4″ so I do not use templates and fusible web to create those. I simply cut strips for the stems from a piece of wool and lay them out using a small amount of Roxanne’s glue to secure.
Tip! Use the other appliqué motif pieces as a guide for getting your stems in the correct position before gluing.
As you can see from the above photos, I am using the folds in the background, the flower pot and one of the flowers as guides to laying out my stems. Once I have them in the right place, I glue the stems so they do not move as I lay out and fuse the rest of the design in place.
Lay out & Fuse Design in Place
Now it’s time to layout the rest of the design and fuse it in place. Here’s the design all laid out:
Now that I have the design completely laid out and the stems glued where I want, it’s time to fuse the entire motif. I use a steam method to do this. I do not put water in my iron, instead I use a spray bottle of water. I lay a towel over the design, careful not to move any of the pieces. Be sure to use a white towel so there is no chance of a dye transfer to your project.
Once the project is covered with the towel, I spray it with enough water to wet it. Then I carefully press the project through the towel. Be sure not to move the iron back and forth during this step. Lift the iron up to move to the next section.
To check if the fusing process is complete, carefully lift the towel starting at the top. Test pieces to see if they are fused securely by gently touching them to see if they move or if any appliqué edges lift up. Repeat the spray and press step as long as it takes to fuse everything down.
Here’s my mini video tutorial that covers these steps to give you a better understanding, especially of the fusing process.
So that’s all for week 2! See you next week for the last installment in this series. Leave a comment or ask a question below and you will be entered into the drawing for the Pumpkin Patch wool kit that includes the pattern and wool.
The drawing will be on Monday, October 10th.
Happy Quilting & Stitching!