Folk Art Wool Applique Hanger
Working with Wool
I find that a lot of the fun working with wool is the primitive folk art look it gives and how easy it is to create depth in the image. I love to enhance my appliques with many other textural mediums.
The wool doesn’t fray, so it gives you the advantage of being able to use it in ways without the need to hide or stabilize the edges, however with cotton I like the fact I can have the frayed effect for texture advantages.
On this particular wool hanger, I used the wool advantage by sewing down my first flower piece to the wool base and leaving a second flower piece loose by only sewing it down by the flower center.
On the flower vase, I added some buttons to give it a little texture. I choose a wool fabric that had a patchwork pattern to it so that when I added the solid white, it provided a base to further enhance the vase with the buttons. If I had only used solids for both the vase and the white area the depth and texture of the vase would have been bland. Looking at the white area, you can see how when stitched down the two pieces do separate, like when you see a clay pot, and the artist scored a print on it. Stitching down three layers creates an indention that creates a depth illusion to the vase.
Looking at this applique, I can see depth between the vase and the background, between the pedals in the flowers and even depth between the flowers and the stems.
As I mentioned earlier, I love to add other mediums to my wool applique to give different textural effects. With this wool hanger, I added texture to the red flower by using a type of crinkled up fabric that was stretchy and it also didn’t unravel. The advantage of the stretchy crinkle in the material was that when cut in strips it crinkled more and the stretchy part made the pieces curl and go every which way to give a really cool center to the flower.
I cut the stretchy fabric in a long strip with the width being twice as wide as I wanted the flower center to be. I then folded the fabric in half and cut slits in the piece lengthwise. Sew a running stitch down the folded edge and then pull the string causing the material to gather. Again to show even more texture I stitched the curl fabric down by using french knots. Course I couldn’t just stop there, a button is added to the center to enhance the depth and texture further.
Sunflowers have always been a favorite with appliques. I am always looking for new ways to enhance those lovely flowers.
On this hanger, I crocheted a curly strip of lace and attached it down to the edge of the sunflower with french knots. When you look at a sunflower what pops out the most is the massive center where the sunflower seeds are made and the genuinely brilliant yellow orangy pedals. That is what I was trying to capture here.
As always I am always thinking of trying to come up with new and exciting appliques. Just writing this post, I’m thinking of a bird on the sunflower eating the seeds or some cross-hatching stitches in the center or making the gold pedals 3D like the flowers in the first set. I LOVE WORKING WITH WOOL!