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Part I: Intro to Wool Applique 1. Working With and Cutting Wool
Part II: Intro to Wool Applique 2. Thread - Needle - Knot
Part III: Intro to Wool Applique 3. Blanket Stitch
These three tutorials provide the details for preparation and stitching of the Little Wool Blue Bird.
- Download and print the "Little Wool Blue Bird" template from my sidebar or Craftsy Pattern Store (coming soon).
- The Little Wool Blue Bird was created using "in the Patch designs" wool charms in "Wild Blue Yonder". I used small sections of two different charms for each the bird body and bird wing.
- Two strands of Aurifil Lana Wool 12wt Thread color #8740 were used to Blanket Stitch the bird pieces. This was one of the first times I've worked with Aurifil Lana Wool and it stitched wonderfully!
- Two strands of Aurifil Lana Wool 12wt Thread color #8605 were used to satin stitch the bird beak.
- One strand of Aurifil Lana Wool 12wt Thread color #8605 combined with one strand of #8 Black Pearl Cotton were used to stitch the bird legs and feet.
- One small black bead and black cotton thread were used to create the bird eye
Below are the steps taken to prepare and attach the bird. Please reference the tutorials linked above for details.
- Using the Little Wool Blue Bird template (sidebar), cut bird body and wing shapes from wool using freezer paper as outlined in Part I tutorial above.
- Attach (pin) the bird body in place per placement image above and also referring to Part I tutorial above.
- Prepare needle and thread as outlined in Part II tutorial above.
- Staring at nape of bird neck, blanket stitch around the perimeter of the bird using two strands of Lana Wool.
- Stop stitching where the bird wing will be placed
- Position the bird wing per completed image (above) and travel between layers before beginning to attach the bird wing using a blanket stitch.
- Stitch around the perimeter of the bird wing using a blanket stitch.
- When you reach the starting point of the bird wing tie a knot in the thread approximately 1/3" from the background fabric.
- After knotting, bury the needle behind the bird head and through the background fabric (exit near beak) and "tug" the knot between the background fabric and the backing fabric to tie-off
- This tugging a knot through to the background fabric requires some stabilization of the wool piece so you don't distort completed stitches. You'll get the hang of it - just give it a try.
- The objective is to bury the knot under the background fabric where it will catch on the batting and fabric and never pull back through to the top.
- After burying the knot - exit on the edge of the bird and trim the thread.
- To finish off the bird add a satin stitch beak, a small beaded eye and some stitched legs and feet.
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email.
The little wool blue bird is a beautiful addition to most any flower applique piece.
Feel free to use this tutorial for personal use only.
Thanks again for your continued support.