Every Monday for a couple of months now I have been teaching the teen-aged daughters of my dear friend, Pamela, to sew (see post above). We spend about an hour learning a new technique or skill and then the rest of the day is spent on their chosen projects. We have been working our way through a unit on applique. We learned needle-turn, fuse w/satin stitch, fuse w/blanket stitch, padded, reverse, Madeira and more. Today was our final day on this unit and we learned shadow applique. This was a technique that was also new to me. We all really enjoyed this embellishment technique and I thought I'd share it with you in tutorial form.
Step One - Cut your organza base in a size and shape that will accommodate your intentions for it when completed. You will need another piece to place over the base. I intended to use my shadow applique for the cover of a needlebook so I cut two squares 8x8 inches. It ended up being a little larger than I wanted once framed with fabric strips and became a door hanger instead.
Step Two - Trace your design onto fusible webbing. Cut roughly around it and then fuse it to your chosen fabric pieces. Cut out on the lines.
Step Three - Peel off the paper backing from your pieces. Arrange the design as desired on your organza base.
Step Four - Fuse into place. Be sure your iron is hot enough to provide a good fuse but not so hot as to scorch your organza.
Step Five - Cover your fused piece with the second organza layer. Pin as needed to keep layers from shifting while you stitch (next step).
Step Six - You will now stitch around the outline of your appliqued design. This can be done by hand with hand-embroidery stitches such as the chain stitch or outline stitch. Or it can be done by machine. Select a thread color to blend with the organza or to strong contrast as desired. Carefully stitch through both layers right on the edge of each applique piece. You will need to stitch slowly and pivot as necessary.
Step 7 - Press your piece. Turn over, pull threads to the back and knot off. Trim tails. Your piece is now ready to use in your chosen application.
Now...you are to be congratulated if you read this far..and possibly rewarded as well. :) :) If you leave a comment, I will put your name in a drawing for the little door hanger that was my obliging model for this tutorial. I will do the drawing on next Monday, so you have one week to get your name in the hat!!!