Now that the applique and buttons are sewn, finishing is just a few more steps. This last bit is pretty quick. After the leaves are stitched down, the stem stitched veins added for interest, and buttons were added to the piece. Today we will finish it up. I decided to use the red base.
I start by ironing on leftover bits of fusible interfacing to stabilize the back, and lock down the stitching. Just arrange the bits on the back side of the stitched piece and iron down. It doesn’t matter if some overlap, they won’t be seen once the base is on. This will also add a bit of body to the piece.
Press well, being careful not to move the iron sideways as this might roll the fusible and make a mess. Don’t worry about covering every inch of the piece, it is enough just to get all the stitching covered.
Place the stitched top right side up on the base piece. Mark a cutting line 1/2-inch away from the edge of the top piece. This will ensure that your base is an exact mirror of the edge of your stitched piece. I use chalk to be sure it comes off easily. Cut on the line.
Whip stitch or blanket stitch the top embroidery to the base.
All done and ready to display with a pretty autumn candle, or a favorite small knickknack.
I have this pretty leaf design votive holder that goes nicely.
So, there you are! A pretty little wool applique finished in time for use this season. And whoopee, the internet is back, thanks for all your comments over the past couple of days!! Good luck to everyone in the drawings.
I am in the mood for my Bourbon Chicken and Mushrooms, and the slow cooker is going. Football and some hand work will be today’s activity. What are you working on today?
If you missed the first post with the free pattern, click on Autumn Jubilee Stitch Along Wool Applique Penny Rug.