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Appliques Application

Appliques Application

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Applique is a form of needlework in which various types of materials are sewn onto a base fabric. The word applique is French for "applied". This art form dates back several centuries, and has grown richer with the passing of time. One particularly well-known early example of fabric appliques is the Hastings Embroidery. This was a beautiful applique piece made in 1798 in England.

Applique is often combined with other forms of needlework. Quilting, for example, is traditionally used as a base project for fabric, lace, or beaded appliques. Appliques come in a variety of materials. Fabric appliques are the most common, while lace appliques are delicate and sophisticated. Rhinestone and beaded appliques are fun and colorful, and make great projects for kids. There are even projects that include wood appliques for a truly natural look.

How it is done:

The beauty of applique work is that it is so simple to do. A few basic stitches are used (as described below), and you can even buy iron on appliques for a quick and easy touch up or project. Depending on the type of applique being used, you can choose the most comfortable or appropriate stitch/method for your project. A central fitting can be used, leaving the edges free to ride up flowingly. A straight stitch, also known as the flat stitch, is a series of individual stitches made without crossing or looping the thread. These are usually made 2-3 mm from the edge of the project. A satin stitch is an attractive stitch that consists of several straight stitches used to cover an entire area of background fabric. This stitch will encompass the edge of the applique. Buttonhole stitches, and the like, are decorative stitches, often actually used as a part of the pattern or design.

Here are a few useful and unique ideas that you can do with appliques:

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