This Series will walk you through the steps
of appliqueing with wool.
I have designed a Paisley Pattern to work on in this series.
If you would like to work on this same free Pattern you can get it here.
Begin by cutting out your pattern pieces.
When there are multiple pieces that are all the same size,
I will cut out only one and work with the one pattern piece
to cut the number of fabric pieces needed.
I mark a bag to store the pieces in,
simply to keep them together, due to some of the pieces being small.
Begin choosing your wool.
You will need a 9in. x 9in. or a 10in. x 10in.
(22.86cm x 22.86cm or 25.40cm x 25.40cm)
wool block for the background.
This is the wool you will applique your design onto.
If you need a wool background, I have them available in my Studio.
I have chosen a Flint Herringbone.
I already know I want to assemble my design in bright colors -
choosing a neutral / lighter background will not compete
with my paisley design.
If you want your design in darker colors,
then choose a lighter background or vise versa.
This will give your design more visual impact.
Once your background is chosen, begin assembling a few colors for the paisley design. This is a perfect use for your wool scraps. Some of the pieces will need to be larger, but there are many pieces that you only need a snippet of color.
Remember to use wool that has been felted.
Felting tightens the fibers and limits or prevents fraying of the wool fabric. Not sure how to felt wool ?? Find out here.
NEXT: How to Applique With Wool Series - Part 2
We will review how to trim, shape and piece your design.
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