Hey Everyone, welcome back to Stitch Along Sunday.
I am afraid that I am a bit behind on my stitch along piece for this month especially considering today is the last Sunday of the month. I guess that is what happens when you go away for the weekend to play with fabric and have fun. Now I am playing catch up.
This weeks rules can be found on Ruth’s blog – September Week 3 Rules. We are to add some applique that mimics or replicates a shape in our feature fabric.
There are so many different shapes in my feature fabric – swirls, ovals, swoops and so on. I was going to use these cool rulers that were in my drawer to create the shapes.
But then I decided to go with ovals and throw in some circles to keep everything nice and simple. Sometimes simple is better. I used the wool I had originally picked for piecing in the first week of this challenge.
I am using the wool I bought from my friend who owns ByTowne Threads for the appliqué pieces. I am also using the wool Aurifil thread I bought from her in the summer and just haven’t had a chance to play with yet. I bought a variegated grey/black/purple which will be perfect for this project and it will really stand out as it is a 12 weight thread.
Now that the pieces have been put onto fusible web and cut out I can arrange them on my piece. They are to go down the side with the light coloured fabric opposite the feature fabric but I think I might have them go into the middle section a bit as well.
After fusing the pieces in place on the background fabric it is time to stitch them down. Aurifil recommends a 90/14 Topstitch needle but my friend said to use a 100 needle which I do have so I think I will start with it. The blanket stitch will be my stitch of choice for this project. In the bobbin I have put a grey 50 wt thread from Aurifil.
First though before stitching I need to add a stabilizer behind the appliqué pieces so that the thread has a little something more to hang onto and create a nice perfect stitch. Will I use a tear-away stabilizer or a leave-in stabilizer? I think I will go for the tear-away since the background is light and I don’t want the leave-in to show through at all.
Here they are all stitched in place. The image at the top of the page shows a close up of the stitching. The wool thread was awesome to work with. I did have to dial the tension down to a 1 to get the stitches to sit nicely on the appliqué pieces with no bobbin thread popping up to say hello. Oh, I can’t wait to get more colours of this thread. I also want to try some hand embellishing with it – I have a piece just waiting for some.
See you later this week, maybe even tomorrow for the final episode of September Stitch Along.