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Gorgeous Wool Applique


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Introduction: The Basics Section One: Preparing For Success - The Techniques Pre-Work Appliqueing with Felted Wool Making Pennies Section Two: The Table Rugs Harvest Penny Rug Heartsease Nutcracker Penny Rug Section Three: The Pillows Swirling Tulips Jacobean Celtic Charm Section Four: The Smalls Buttercup Pincushion Flowers From My Beau Section Five: Stitching Glossary

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Deborah Gale Tirico is an avid needle artist and graphic designer. An active member of The Embroiderer's Guild of America, she regularly teaches felt wool applique at guilds, events, and festivals across the United States. Deborah lives in Pennsylvania.


Stitching with felted wool is most commonly associated with penny rugs, an American folk craft used to make use of worn-out clothing and military uniforms. But there's more to felted wool applique than folk art, as needle artist Tirico demonstrates in this collection of colorful projects. The introduction provides a concise overview of the basics, along with a brief exploration of the difference between applique with felted wool and applique with quilting cotton. The nature of felted wool makes it ideal for dimensional workas the wool is layered, stitched, and embellished, its thickness gives it depth. Felted wool is also a forgiving fabric for applique, and beginners may find it slightly less fussy than working with quilting cotton. Standout projects include a Jacobean-style pillow cover featuring traditional motifs of the era, a nutcracker penny rug ideal for the Christmas table, and a small set of sewing accessories featuring a pincushion, metal box (cleverly constructed from a mint tin), and a scissor sheath and fob. VERDICT Tirico's colorful projects will appeal to stitchers with an interest in exploring traditional applique motifs and techniques in felted wool. Library Journal, October 1st, 2015 Dimensional applique with embroidery. This book has eight projects. Make pillows, (cushions), scissors case, pincushion, a tin top box and table rugs. Learn the basics, then start the projects. The instructions are step by step and very clear with excellent photos and illustrations. There are templates for the designs too. This book is delightful and full of wonderful projects. I love the Jacobean design on the front cover. Inside you will find more flowers - very realistic heartsease pansies, buttercups and a fabulous pumpkin table rug. If you want something seasonal the Nutcracker should fit the bill. At the back of the book, you'll find out how to do the embroidery stitches. There are also actual-size pattern sheets. This book has great appeal. You can start with the small projects and work up to larger ones if you are new to this craft. Recommended., 11/26/2015

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