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WIPW

Another relapse but I have bounced back better this time, fingers crossed.  Still not completely back to normal but I was able to go into the Guild this week.  I drove myself into town and back home again.  So fingers crossed.

I also finished the sample for the "introduction to applique' workshop.  It is a cushion cover.

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I have included 7 different applique techniques in this piece so participants can have a taster of some of the common methods in use today and I plan to add a tassel to each corner of the cushion. The design is based on a bird I saw in Quatemala.  It looks nothing like the bird in question but is my representation of how I think it should look.

This is the male,

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and this the female bird.

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I thought these birds looked kind of royal, hence the crown.  I also included the colours of Guatemala, like the ones we saw in the thread shop.

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I realise now the these threads are for weaving but I am experimenting with making some tassels with them.  They are about the thickness of  2 strands of embroidery floss but have a higher twist.  This is going to be a slow job. 

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First you have to work out just where to undo the knot, like all of these things there is a knack to knowing just where to pull it apart.  I have it around the back of two chairs, just like my mother would have done when balling wool.  Then the very slow process of winding the thread around the base frame.  I hope they work out alright.

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Carin saga

You have recovered well enough to produce a very nice cushion.
I once made a wall hanging where I used twelve methods of appliqué, and it was a great learning process.

Carolyn Foley


I hope the class members like it as well.   If I had more time I would have quilted the background with the bird design but it is an embroidery class so that is my focus.  I am still thinking of making a mini quilt hanging using this design.

Rachel Wright

If you recover from a relapse more quickly each time, you know you are making progress!

And your cheerful birds must be helping, too!

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