Hand Dyed Wool Giveaway + Wool Applique Tutorial
February 17, 2011
Today, I bring you another fabulous giveaway, along with a wool applique tutorial. About a week ago, I received a beautiful bundle of hand dyed wool in the mail from Quilting Acres Shop. Along with that, Erinn sent me a piece of gray hand dyed wool to use on one of my wool applique projects. And can I just say, the hand dyed wool that she sent me was the prettiest wool I have ever seen. The colors are magnificent, and the wool is super soft and easy to work with. This wool is of the highest quality! In fact, I really don’t want to give it away. Do you mind if I leave a comment, “heart” Erinn’s shop, and subscribe to my own newsletter, so that I too can have a chance to win?
Here’s a little bit of information about Erinn’s shop, “Welcome to Quilting Acres Shop. Here you will find hand dyed wool that is exceptionally soft to work with. I start with finding beautiful wools that I can then over-dye, felt, and create something wonderful with. I dye my wool in stainless steel pots (mostly at nap time) and wash each piece in an earth friendly, fragrance free soap. These wools are perfect for rug hooking, quilting, needle arts, wool applique, and many other craft projects.”
Wool Applique Tutorial:
Erinn is exactly right, these wools are perfect for wool applique! Before I get to the tutorial part of this post, first let me show you a few examples of projects I’ve made in the past using wool applique:
So you might be wondering how wool applique is done. Really it’s quite simple. First you need to draw out the shape of what it is you want to create using the wool. I’m going to create a couch in this tutorial. Cut it out, and use this as your template:
Next, you need to iron on a piece of heat bond, a little bit bigger than your template from the previous step. Iron it onto the back of your felt, trace your template shape as a mirror image (otherwise the image will be reversed), and then cut it out. Position the wool piece, glue side down, and iron it onto a fabric surface using the directions on the heat bond package:
Next, using a washable fabric pencil, draw in certain details that you want to show using machine embroidery:
Lastly, sew these lines using either hand or machine embroidery techniques:
This pieces that I’m working on, still needs a little work, so you’ll have to wait to see the final product. But in the mean time, I think you know this is the start of something magneficant. Why don’t you get yourself some hand dyed wool, and give this wool applique tutorial a try.
Giveaway Details: 15 Pieces of Hand Dyed Wool
To enter, visit Quilting Acres Shop and leave a comment below telling me what you like best in Erinn’s shop.
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The lucky winner will be announced on Thursday, February 24th.
I’ll email you with the details.