I knew that this was it.
I worried a little before I started.
About things like 1/8" stems. And pointy points. And handling such a large piece of fabric.
You know, important things that matter in life.
I needed to learn techniques. I have a few books and looked through them. I looked online (and found some great tutorials, thank you very much). I purchased two DVDs that helped a lot, Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins Teach You to Applique the Piece O' Cake Way and Hand and Machine Applique by Karen Kay Buckley. Loved the DVDs.
Most of what I do is similar to what I learned from Karen's DVD. I was happier with the results. (Someday I hope to improve my needleturn applique, but I didn't have the patience.)
Here's a few of the tools I use. A sanding board (take 1 cute clipboard, 1 sheet sandpaper cut to size, spray the back with adhesive spray, and ta-da). Good (enough) scissors (Clover serrated edge is the blue handle, Ginger 5" in silver, and a Fiskars to cut paper). Spray sizing (that's the lid) and a small stencil brush. Pins and thread (Mettler 60) and Thread Heaven. I found that pencil holders are a perfect size for holding a collection of the small items that need to be organized. And a lint brush... always handy. Because I have a dog that sheds... and she's
I use a vinyl overlay. I think I like it. It seems to be working okay, but I do think about other ways, such as blue marking pens. Maybe it's the size that I'm working with that has me on the fence.
Here's the pieces that I've prepped, some face up, some face down.
What I do... Trace the pattern on freezer paper, iron it to another FP sheet to make it stronger, cut each piece out, iron to back of fabric, cut out each fabric piece with a seam allowance, "paint" light sizing on the seam allowance and use a little craft iron to iron the seam allowance over the edge of the freezer paper. (I remove the freezer paper before I stitch it down.)
It's tedious and detailed and (for me) takes time. But I learned you should try to find joy in each step in the journey if you can. (Kind of funny that I have patience for this and not for needleturn. Analyze that!)
There's been very little stitching this past week. Too much going on. This weekend should be a quiet one. Hopefully filled with lots of time to stitch.