Thanks again to all those that visited, offered the most gracious comments, and decided to follow my blog! Your kind words are very much appreciated and it's exciting to read so much positive feedback for wool.
Several of you asked basic questions about working with wool. Using this cute little wall hanging (appx 9" x 3") that I designed and made for a friend, I would like to share a few wool applique basics. Feel free to duplicate this pattern for your personal use or a gift if you like -- it is FUN to make and can be done in a range of colors!
- When you first start out:
- Choose a small project
- Acquire wool at your local 2nd hand shop. Look for 100% wool sweaters, coats, scarves, hats and other wool items.
- Don't worry about stitch perfection -- wool is often used in primitive projects -- and perfection is not the goal -- it's hand made!
- Pickup a spool of #8 DMC Pearl Cotton & a Clover Gold Eye Chenille Needle (No 22) at your local craft store or quilt shop.
- Trace your design or template onto the dull (paper) side of your freezer paper (no need to reverse the design)
- Cut the freezer paper template out, adding no more than a 1/4 inch allowance around the outside of the traced design.
- Iron the freezer paper onto the right side of your felted wool (use a medium heat dry iron).
- Cut through the wool and the freezer paper along the traced design.
- Peel the freezer paper away from the wool.
Would you like a more detailed tutorial for this project ?
Leave me a comment letting me know.
Now, onto the WINNER !! As of 9:30pm there were 105 comments on the original post! Woohoo!
Using Mr. Random Number Generator with a range of 1 to 105... Lucky 16 is the winner!!
Congratulations "Wendy B" ! You've won wool roving to make for Mr. Redbird along with 5 swatches of fall wool pieces. Please send me your mailing information and I'll get your package shipped out right away!
I hope you've all enjoyed today's post -- special thanks to my friend and mentor Debbie Wick for teaching me to work with wool.
Keep an eye out on the Winter issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine -- Debbie's "Pomegranate Holiday" Wool/Cotton table mat is featured ! It is just beautiful! If you have access to Facebook you can see it here! Congratulations Debbie!
Have a wonderful week all -- I'll be back later this week with some exciting news!