Wool Folk Art Applique with Blue Bird
Wool Folk Art Design with Special Meaning
Folk art applique is really outstanding with the use of wool. The fabric has body or weight to it and when its felted is really easy to work with. I particularly like the look when the colors are in the muted shades rather than brights. I think those colors emphasize the folk art style best.
In folk artwork birds and animals are often used. In this design, I used a bluebird. The bluebird is associated with happiness, joy, delight, prosperity and good health.
Another characteristic of folk art is the use of various shapes. I incorporated two red odd heart shapes and two ovals in the center. I was thinking of a white lily with a leaf when I was putting it together. The lily symbolizes humility and devotion. In the Bible, it stands for innocence, purity, and beauty. The heart shapes, of course, are for love.
I got the shapes from different projects that are in the Wool Applique folk art book by Rebekah Smith. Putting all those shapes together make an exceptional design to hang on my wall, remembering what they stand for.
Details on the Blue Bird
The bluebird applique is attached using a rosette chain stitch instead of the traditional buttonhole stitch. The round pennies are stitched down with the Palestrina knot stitch, and then I attached a button in the center. The white piece of the wing is sewn down with the traditional buttonhole stitch, and then I added the fly stitch down the center of the white wing to add movement to the piece.
Oh, my that was a lot of STITCHING, but it was so fun and looks beautiful.
Heart with Decorative Pennies
I hope not to bore you too much describing these pennies, but stitching designs on wool applique is so much fun to do. They can really enhance a project.
First, I stitched the pennies onto the heart applique with the scroll stitch. Then I wanted to create little flowers, so I sewed around the inside of the penny with the fly stitch to mimic the stems then placed french knots in the center of the “V” to resemble the flower. Lastly, I added a button center for color.
Whew! Again a lot of stitching explanation. I hope I encourage you to start thinking outside of the box and adding fun decorative stitches to your next project.
If there is anything I can help you with please email me or add a comment at the bottom and I will try to assist you. Wool applique and decorative stitching really is so much fun to do.
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