04 April, 2012

April Workshop: Needle turn applique

At the April meeting of the Western Branch of the IPS, we will be hosting a workshop on needle turn applique.  If you are planning to attend the workshop, please review the supplies list below and bring everything you will need with you:

Fabric (100% cotton, avoid stiff or loosely woven cotton)

  • Background fabric - 21 inches by 22 inches, lightly colored solid or tone on tone.  If choosing a print fabric, make sure the background fabric does not overwhelm the applique fabric.
  • Stems - green fabric, 3 strips cut on the bias at 1.25 inches wide and 8 inches long.
  • Flowers - prints of your choice
  • Embroidery or small fabric scissors.  Tips must be pointed and not round.
  • Needles - size 10 or 11 mm or straw needles are best, but sharps will work as well.
  • Thread - 100% cotton is best, matching the thread as closely to the color of the stems and flowers and not the background.
  • Paper scissors
  • Basting thread
  • Light and dark marking pencils for the fabric (or lead pencil for light fabric)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Needle threader
  • Several wooden toothpicks
  • Small fabric pins
  • Small cutting mat
  • Iron and ironing cloth
  • 12 inch ruler
Pre-class preparations

  • Background should be pre-cut
  • Stems: fold bias strip, right sides out (wrong sides of fabric together on the inside) in equal thirds.  Strips should be approximately 1/2 inch wide.  Baste along the middle of the strip (not the edges) and press.

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