Yesterday I showed you Kim Diehl’s new book, Simple Graces. Last night, I decided to actually make something from the book, not just read it!
When I was at a quilt shop last week they suggested that wool applique can be done my machine using Wool Auriful thread…she did caution me that I might have to adjust the tension in my machine though….(UGH>>>that’s a scary prospect)
Well I tried it…I can honestly say the hardest part was getting the wool thread through my needle! It was easy-peasy….I made the quick little glasses case from the book to test it out. I did have to adjust my stitch length a bit longer than the presets on the machine but the tension…it was just fine!
If you try this, I do want to caution you to be careful not to pull the wool as you are rounding corners and such. The base piece you are appliquing to can get distorted if you tug on it. I didn’t have trouble on this small piece but I can see that it could be an issue if you aren’t aware.
I stitched the outside together by machine too. I widened the stitch to the widest width and away I went. I am not really fond of how the berries turned out…I just think I need a little more practice and maybe go a bit slower on small pieces. I am super excited about this “new to me” way of appliquing wool…now I am “eyeing” some of the those larger projects in the book but I think I am going to have to wait a bit for two reasons. One I have a goal to finish up a few projects that are laying around here and two…that thread is expensive, $8 a spool, and I’m going to need a couple more thread colors to tackle a large project….maybe a new open foot for my sewing machine would be nice too….there’s always something to spend money on.