Ah, wool applique...I love the look of sewing with wool and don't do it nearly enough. I was fortunate to be able to sign up for a class with Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin on my recent travels. Stacy is a person who holds the simple pleasures of hand stitching very dear to heart. Her appreciation of the past and those simpler times and simpler cares was very evident in her designs and methods.
Our class project was this adorable little sunflower mat. Stacy has a technique for doing wool applique that is innovative and very effective. Instead of pinning all those little pieces down, she had us fuse them to the background with fusible web. This method makes certain that those little pieces stay put, don't shift about and are easy to sew down. Her method also makes your project extremely portable, and who doesn't like that? I can take this little mat with me just about anywhere and be able to stitch away without worrying that I am going to lose any of my pieces or stick myself with a pin.
The Buttermilk Basin website has all of Stacy's patterns for sale, many of which could be Block of the Months. Her holiday themed patterns are especially fun. There is plenty of time to whip out a harvest or Halloween project!
In this class, I learned things not only from Stacy, but from some of the other attendees of the class as well. One woman had the neatest pressing board called Steady Betty, that she shared with some of us. The surface of this little portable pressing board is very firm, and just perfect for any sort of applique. I ordered one online and can't wait to show it to you when it arrives.