Wool Wednesday: New Mat

If you’ve been reading the blog lately, you know that I have recently taken up wool applique again. I had bought stuff and made about five projects back when we lived at the farmhouse…I’m guessing closer to 12 years ago.

Recently, after seeing some floss tubers work on wool projects, I decided that maybe I should try it again. I’ve had the best time doing it. So much so that I’d love to add a few more pieces to my collections of pieces I’ve made. I think part of it is that now that I’m not doing childcare and the grandkids aren’t here all the time, I can decorate and not worry so much about kids ruining my stuff. Whatever the reason, I’m happy to be doing it.

You might remember I went to the quilt shop and bought this kit for myself as a Christmas present.

Well in anticipation of starting it, I was doing a little more research about wool applique and realized they have ironing mats to make it all easier. I debated about getting one and then told myself, get one. Maybe the good equipment will make me like wool applique better than I previously did. I ordered THIS ONE from Amazon.

On Christmas Eve day I was here and doing some cooking. In between wait times, I decided I would get the mat out and give it a try. I was so excited that did a very poor job at taking pictures and chronicling what I was doing and how to use the mat. I’ll try to do a better blog post at another time that really shows the complete step-by-step. Let me just say…I am in love.

I am hoping to make a few things for dough bowls. I have nothing that is Easter/Spring appropriate so I thought I would do this little bunny pillow. I love the bunny with the tulip. To make it I prepared the wool pieces as I always do and then I placed the mat over the outline.

I can see through the mat and that makes placement so easy. Then I put the pressing sheet over the top and pressed it with my iron. Everything is silicone so it doesn’t burn. Then I can take the piece off and it’s all stuck together.

Then I can place the whole piece onto the pillow front. I just love it!! It made it so much easier to place. The mat was totally worth the $18!!

I ended up going a little crazy. I was having so much fun with that mat that I prepped this piece…

and this piece.

I did go online and found this video. This explains all about wool applique…how to prep pieces and how to use the mat.

All I can say is that I’m hooked. I went back and found some of my old wool stuff. I have a lot more patterns (and even a couple of kits) than I thought I did. YAHOO!!

All I can say is that I’m THRILLED and so excited for my new mat…and all of the potential it has for me. I’m really excited to be using some of the patterns and pieces that I already have.

16 thoughts on “Wool Wednesday: New Mat”

  1. I’ve never done wool appliqué before but seeing how it’s done with the mat makes me really tempted! I’m looking forward to seeing how it all comes together.

  2. Hi Jo , what happened to bloglovin? I’ve been looking for it for awhile and can’t find it. It just went away. Please help

  3. I love it when I try something new and it works out. It really is exciting!
    So glad wool projects are working out for you – I have a couple I’m going to give a try later this year.
    Love and prayers

  4. I have been wanting to try a few wool projects. I am definitely going to buy that pressing mat. Looking forward to seeing more of your projects!

  5. There were some comments on Jo’s longarm quilt picture (the oversized flying geese) yesterday on Facebook. (I’m not on FB, so I couldn’t comment.) I remembered that Jo did a YouTube video on making those blocks. Here’s the link if anyone was wanting to watch.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=m3T2SOSRhng
    Hope it’s okay to post this here.

  6. It’s such a nice feeling when we get a plan to use things we already have isn’t it? The will projects are all adorable, but surprisingly I’m not tempted to try. I guess my wool addiction is centered on making socks lol

  7. I discovered your YouTube channel yesterday and really enjoyed it. I went back to it today and realized you hadn’t had a new video in a while, so then I found your blog. I am so sorry for your health issues. I have not yet gone back in your blog to get the whole story but I hope things are going well. I had commented on your YouTube that my father was from Charles City IA and we went there every summer to visit the grandparents. I have many wonderful memories of those visits and I think Iowa is a beautiful place. My maiden name was Bushbaum and I have never met anyone with that name here in Tennessee.

  8. How exciting! You will be turning out cute wool projects very quickly. Your wool pieces are very nice since you do such good hand stitching and I am looking forward to seeing each and every one.

  9. That mat looks really interesting! I have done lots of machine applique on shirts etc. and I fused the pieces together by laying a piece of plexiglass over the pattern and arranging them on top of that. The hear of the iron and the bonding material eventually warped and gummed up the plexiglass – so your link may result in a new mat for me! Thanks!
    Have fun with your wool applique – always fun to do something different! :)

  10. I’m just starting out to try wool appliqué .. I love handwork ! One of my favorites is your long sheep one you have . Thanks for the resource ideas JB

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