Monday, 24 March 2008

Appliqueing leaf stems by machine.

I first practised this technique in a most informative class with Dawn Cameron-Dick though I have come across it in magazine articles since. I used a template to mark where to abut the cut edge of the stem. This had to be a little bit inside where I wanted the stem to go. I pinned the stem in a slight curve, the shorter inside curve and machined a scant one eighth inch seam stopping before the end. If handsewing the rest I leave a length of thread to applique with. Otherwise trim the thread, tuck under the bottom and blindstitch the bottom and other folded side of the stem. The stems were made from bias strips folded in half lengthways and pressed.

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