WEEK 2 – STITCH: APPLIQUÉ

BONDAWEB!! A strong, heat reactive, sheet of glue which permanently bonds one fabric to another when ironed. Always used in Appliqué. Safe and sturdy sewing.

If the fabric is thin, an iron without steam is used. If fabric is thick, a good steam is necessary.

Looking at Precision Stitch this morning. Maggie presented a technical demonstration into how precision stitch is applied and how effectively it can be transferred onto appliqué. Precision stitch will give a professional and well finished conclusion.

I decided to use one of my Sycamore ‘Helicopter’ seeds as inspiration for my appliqué design. Using the disappearing fabric pen, I drew the basic outline from observation. From here, I set up my sewing machine and began to follow the instructions set out by Maggie.

Personal Feelings about Precision stitch:

  1. Precise, little room for error.
  2. When using the needle down button (middle of 3 circular buttons on image above), will always travel 1 further machine stitch forward to put needle down again. Tap foot to use single stitch.

PRECISION STITCH TIP!! Always start at a point.

Could I draw and then trace the image onto fabric? No. I tried and failed miserably; fabric was too busy to pick up any of the pencil. I ironed the bondaweb onto my chosen fabric and began to prepare further ‘sketches’ onto the back. I made sure that the adhesive side was touching the back of the fabric before ironing, otherwise a sticky and ruined iron will be gained.

The images were now cut out from the fabric and their back peeled off to reveal a slightly sticky backing. The shapes were now ironed onto the chosen fabric, which happened to be a sample swatch I had kept for this purpose. The pattern on the attach resembled the bark of a tree, pretty apt considering the seeds had failed from a tree.

Taking technique from Week 1 and incorporating with precision stitch, I used the appliqué process to outline pattern which I would follow on the reverse side. Once completed, I turned the sample over, changed the bobbin thread to one with more interest and began stitching. try-colour ribbon thread was used to ‘couch’ the thread onto the front.

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Working on the reverse side will give the result you want on the front. Overall, the effect is not really what I was hoping for. The colour combination is slightly peculiar, but for a sample it allowed me to learn from my mistakes and gather the knowledge not to make them again.

Applique is definitely not one of my favourite stitch techniques, nonetheless I will probe my curiosity to gain a better understanding of the method.

Author: vmhtdesign

First Year Student @ Cardiff Met University, Lllandaff. BA Textile Design.

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