Embroidery Enhances Applique’

Flowers need stems!

Do you applique’?  I find that when I do applique’, I usually add some type of embroidery to my work.  Whether it is simple veins on a leaf, a stem for a flower, eyes to a person or animal, a short line from a Add a simple quotationpoem or a quotation or textural element – most of my applique’ quilts include embroidery.

 

I love adding texture to quilts.  It’s not as difficult as you may think.Red on brown Red on blue for texture Here, simple straight rows of a variation of red and burgundy thread adds dimension to the piece.  Notice how the look changes with the color of the background fabric?

Straight stitches   It’s a simple process… load your needle with 2 or 3 strands of floss, then take small stitches in either a straight line or scattered area.  Repeat… over and over.   NOTE:  This is easy work to do while watching television. 

As a quilter, I collect embroidery thread just like I do DSC03369fabric, only it is much less expensive!  I try to keep it organized in a little case, and label each card that I wind it on with the number of the floss color.   I stick with DMC so they are all the same quality.

What have YOU embroidered lately?   Share with the Michigan Quilts! readers using the comment section below.  Feel free to include a link to a picture of your own embroidery.   We will love you for it! 

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One thought on “Embroidery Enhances Applique’

  1. Hi Caron,
    My friend, Nancy, always kept her floss on cards just like yours. It's a very nice system, but I never cared for the way the floss always ends up being kinked when it came off of the card. Plus, I like to pre-cut my floss before storage so those cards weren't practical for me. I use the LoRan Mastercard system, which works well for my purposes. I have three organizers stuffed with about 35 Mastercards shown here:
    http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii60/SusanInTexas/Cross%20Stitch/IMG_1441.jpg

    I inherited a bunch of floss from a friend, then bought some more, so I have almost all the colors of DMC. I remember spending about a week of evenings cutting the floss and loading the Mastercards. I called it making my OCD work for me. lol I really like the Mastercards, though LoRan has changed the organizers on me now that I need to buy another one 8(.

    Your embroidery is lovely!
    All the best,
    Susan

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