Since my BOMs over the years have been wool applique projects and I have several wool applique patterns, I thought I would share some of my tips for wool applique. I will also be taking you through a kind of “mini class” over the next few weeks on wool applique. I want everyone to enjoy wool applique as much as I do!
Since my projects are wool applique on fabric, I like to stabilize my background by applying Fray Check to the edges.
This keeps the fabric background from fraying on the edges while it’s handled when you stitch. Some fabric can fray quite a lot when handled. This assures you don’t lose any fabric in the seam allowance.
Templates. For pattern templates that need to be used several times over for tracing, I reinforce them. I do this by either copying them directly onto card stock from the pattern or by gluing the template page to a piece of card stock and then cutting them out.
Once you have them cut out, you can write the number of shapes needed for the pattern and the color of wool on the template. Save them in a plastic bag attached to the pattern for future use!
Use the thread that will complement your project. I like to use Valdani Perle Cotton threads in size 8. I often use an array of neutrals from light to dark, depending on the color of my applique piece.
I like to store them in a plastic case I found at the local craft store. I can also keep the cover on and pull the thread from inside to protect my threads from a particularly curious cat!
These threads come in a large variety of colors and sizes. You may want to match the color of thread to each applique piece. You also might want to use a thicker or thinner thread than I use. Try different threads in colors and sizes until you get the look you like!
I recommend using a chenille needle, size 22 with these threads. This is the brand I use:
I like John James Chenille size 22 because of their length and the size of the eye. It’s easy to thread size 8 perle cotton with this size. Once again this is a personal preference. You may find another needle size that works better for you.
Even if you use fusible web to secure your applique pieces, it’s always a good idea to keep some fabric glue by your side in case a piece loosens while you are stitching. I use both the large size and a smaller size that I keep in my thread box.
Both of these are Roxanne Glue products that I have used for years and love. I love the small Dip & Dab because it fits anywhere.
My final tip is to always have very good lighting to stitch. If you want to make your stitches even in size and spacing, you can’t do that in the dark! I like to use a light with a magnifier so I can see up close. This is the desk model I use.
So those are some of my tips and tools I use when doing wool applique. Come back next week for the start of my mini class on wool applique. In the mean time, leave a comment below and you will be entered in the drawing for a Roxanne’s Glue Baste-it Dip & Dab, a pack of chenille needles and a ball of neutral Valdani Perle cotton!
The drawing will be on Monday, August 17th. Until then,
***We have a winner! Congrats, Donna Schulz!***
Ruth Ann Hunter says
Wow, I love your information and look forward to next week.
Connie Miller says
Love your tips. I have only used size 12 thread so it would be fun to try a thicker size to see the difference. Thanks
Rita Manetta says
Thank you for such great tips once again! I most always use Valdani #12 thread, but I do own some #8. I like the tip about the Fray Check around the edges of the background fabric.
Karen H says
I have really started enjoying wool applique and having your tips and tips is helping me get better results- Thank you for all the information!!
Judith Baker says
Love your tips! I use one of those plastic boxes for fishing lures for storing my Valdani and needles and a fancied-up Altoid box for the notions like scissors, needles, tweezers, etc. The Valdani can be wound onto a bobbin to fit in the box too. Good for travel.
That’s a great idea to wind the Valdani on a bobbin for travel. I’ll have to use that.
Thank you for sharing!
Sharon Matthiesen says
I’m looking forward to you mini class as I’m just starting my first wool project.
Thanks so much.
Karen Hockom says
I love doing wool applique but have never done it on fabric. Thank you for the tips!
Thanks for all of the tips. I use a pharmacy medicine bottle that my husband drilled a hole in the top to put my thread in to make sure the kittens won’t be able to play with it too badly.
Karen Dozier says
Thanks for the tips. I love wool applique and have done it for years, but there are always new ways to do things.
Julia leet says
I have recently found wool appliqué to be a very satisfying activity. I love your tips and suggestions on tools! Pulling the thread through the box lid is a great idea. And I’m going to try the glue you suggested as well. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for sharing your ideas with us. Sometimes a new ‘tip’ can make all the difference in our hobby! Looking forward to more ideas from you.
Donna Schulz says
Love wool applique. Working with wool is so relaxing. Enjoy your patterns! Thanks for your excellent tips. Always interested in continued learning.
Patsy Pirnat says
I am ready to get started on my first project of wool applique! I hope I win and have some great supplies.
Love your projects and wool appliqué. Thanks for the tips. Hope to see you again teaching.
Can’t wait for next week.
Kathy B. says
All your tips are helpful, thank-you. Looking forward to your classes as I am somewhat of a newbie to wool applique and raring to go!
Nichola Spoerl says
Thanks for all the great tips. I’m looking forward to more tips.
Mildred A Plaskett says
Thanks for the tips. My first attempt at a small wool project did not look so good. I am ready to learn and try a new project. Thanks for the giveaway.
Ariel Koenigsberg says
I have been wanting to get better at wool appliqué. So these tips and the ones to come will be so helpful and I hope inspiring. I also like the idea for the fray check. That is a good tip for any type of appliqué projects.
Carol S says
Thank you for the great tips! Do you always use neutral threads?
I do. But you can match your thread color to the applique piece if you want to.
Brenda Denton says
Thanks for the great tips
Margaret Crow says
Thank you! This is very good information. I am printing it, to keep with your project patterns.
Barbara Young says
Thanks for the tips! I love Fray Check! Used it many a time.
Susan O'Connor says
Thanks for your tips. Looking forward to the new mini class. I do like Valdani threads but usually use DMC for both floss and pearl cotton size 8 and 12. (I’m on a budget so I’d rather spend dollars on the wool.)
I really like wool appliqué and I am looking forward to your class!