|Photos from the class sample made by Fyvie Murray|
Fyvie kindly provided us with a template to trace from, so we didn't need to design our own pattern.
First we made the stems and learnt the techniques involved in securing the fabric to the background with tiny machine stitches in monofilament (invisible) thread.
Update: We are using a vari overlocker of blind hem stitch (number 3 on my Bernina) and have reduced the stitch length and width right down to 1.5 each. It takes 3 straight stitches and then jumps across to catch the stem. It's very hard to photograph monofilament thread!
I stopped at Spotlight on the way home and bought these special applique scissors. I was scared I would cut a hole in my backgroud fabric as I was trimming away the excess fabric.
In the second lesson we started to make the leaves. We are using water soluble applique paper to trace the leaf shapes. Apparently it will dissolve with water later on. Batik fabrics are very good for this type of work. They have natural shading and variations within them - just like real leaves do.
|Fyvie's finished leaves|
We are to have all the leaves attached before our next lesson, and the berries too. You can see how small the berries are in this photo. They don't use applique paper, but 50 cent coins make perfect templates to starch over.
I'm really enjoying trying something new.