There are different approaches to building your applique designs. And these vary with your technique. Today, I am going to talk about my strategy in layering, or building my machine stitched applique components,
When we start a design, breaking it down in our mind’s eye is a good first step. What component goes under what other component? What is best placed on top of another? Where can we stitch over a join and eliminate a second stitching? What progression will be tidy and eye pleasing?
Often, we are told to cut all of our shapes before fusing or gluing them to our background. And then gluing or fusing them all at once prior to stitching.
I have found then when doing fusible, machine stitch, raw edge applique that this may not be the best approach. For one, I am still changing my mind about colors! Nothing is set in stone until it is stitched down. Secondly, when working fusible media you may find some areas lifting or losing their adhesion as you manipulate your fabric through the machine throat. And last, fusing all at once does not give you the best progrssion for layering your over/under components.
Applique is a constant process of experimenting, learning and repeating…building on our experience and growing.