We can hardly believe it’s already time for another meeting! This month we thought we’d try out a clever method of hand applique. It’s not quite needle-turned, but is easier and looks just as nicely finished.
- A square of light or neutral coloured fabric (a light print such as a dot, stripe or text is fine too) – it should be at least 6 inches square (to be trimmed back later).
(On the square, lightly mark with a pencil a 4.5″ square (you don’t need to mark all four sides of the square, just where the corners are). Then mark a little cross in the centre where the two diagonals from corner to corner meet. These marks will be the guides for placing the orange peels.)
- Thread – a neutral colour is best.
- Needles – we recommend size 9 or 10 applique needles (these are also known as straw needles) – available at Addicted to Fabric for around $5 a packet (see picture below – don’t worry if you don’t have any or don’t have time to find some, we’ll have some spare). By the way, these needles are also perfect for English paper piecing!
- A gluestick – a small kid’s gluestick is fine.
- Sharp small scissors for trimming the orange peels.
- Pins – short ones are better.