They keep coming.

I signed up for the knitting club with Kate Davies, and as you have probably guessed, I am a fan.  Not only of her knitting but of her writting as well.   Normally there are one or two designs that I like and consequently knit up.  This time is different.  Every design, so far I would like to knit up.  Either for myself or for the family.  I love this last design called "Stronachlachar."

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I am going to have to knit this one but it is so hot here and I haven't finished the last one!


Some interesting tea towels

One of our members came to our last patchwork meeting with some tea towels she had been given.  They are hand painted and then the ends have been decorated with crochet.  They are now for all us to use. Screen Shot 2018-02-14 at 11.06.40 am
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I had a teen-aged student who's parents came from Portugal, where these came from.  She used to complain that all they did was crochet.  Everything was covered in crocheted and she called her mother and aunts the "Crochet Marfia".

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They are intense but colourful.


Applique - 2

Another friendship block to finish for my patchwork group and this time I have just put my fabric onto a double sided heat and bond and then assembled on a piece of bake paper.  After this it is easy to lift off onto the background fabric and fuse into position with the iron.  That sounds easy if you have done it before but there are a number of steps.

Firstly you must reverse your pattern then trace it onto the heat and bond and then fuse this to the back of your applique piece.

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Cut out your shape and then score the paper with a pin to remove.

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If you have a pattern place this under the bake paper and then assemble your pieces on top and fuse together on the bake paper.

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These will then just lift off as one piece and

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you can then  fuse them to the base fabric.

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But I see a problem straight away with my cup cake.  I should have backed the icing on the cake with another fabric to get rid of that shadow.  Still I have a crafty plan to deal with that.


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Next I zig-zagged the edges down.  Before I did this I put a piece of interfacing on the back to stablise the stitching and before I actually stitched I did a few practise lines to get the width and density of the stitch correct.

 

I pull my bobbin thread to the surface to eliminate tangles.

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Bottom and then the top.

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Then turn to the back and cut away that interfacing.

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My crafty plan for that shadow was to embroider and embellish the design.  It takes your eye away from the shadow.

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I used straight stitch, pistol stitch and French knots.  The fabric for the icing is by Odile Bailloeul, I just love her fabric designs.


WIPW

No progress this week it is just too hot!!!

On top of that we keep loosing power.  Causes, severe thunderstorms and heat stressed trees that keep dropping big branches.  The best place to be in in the water.

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Applique

I am in the process of developing a class on applique and want to include a number of different techniques.  I had to make a friendship block for my friend which used a technique I think I will include.  It is a good method for larger pieces of fabric.

You will need a base fabric to applique it onto, applique fabric and iron on interfacing. 

Make sure that your pattern piece is cut on the bias because this will make it turn through and stitch in place evenly.

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Put your iron on inter-faceing  with the glue side against the right side of your fabric.  Trace your pattern onto the wrong side of your main fabric,

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then sew around this line.  DO NOT IRON.

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Trim back your seam allowance.  Turn to the interfacing side and make a small slit in this.

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Turn through to the right side.  DO NOT IRON.

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Roll the edges between your fingers to get the edge to sit straight.

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It is never easy to pull your points through.  You could use a collar turner.

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Or put a thread through the corner

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and then pull the corner out when you turn it through.

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Position your applique piece onto your base fabric and now iron in position.  Once you iron there is no turning back so make sure you have it in the correct position.  Slip stitch the edges into position.

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This method works well where you have larger and regular applique pieces.

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