Canberra Brown Owls: Applique May

May 17, 2012

Hello Canberra Owls!

This month we have a bit of a treat for you – one of our lovely local crafters, Danielle of petits elefants is going to show us the art of applique!

Danielle has done some gorgeous applique pieces – check the detail in her stunning whirligig quilt (on her blog here)

You can applique on so mnay things: bags, big or small, tshirts or onesies, skirts, cushions or just for something decorative. I’m a bit of a fan of these lovelies displayed in sweet embroidery hoops! (although of course these are machine sewn, and we will be using hand sewing techniques)

Danielle has been collecting a few things over on her applique board on Pinterest, or try searching Flickr for all sorts of inspiration.

What you will need:
a glue stick (just a regular kids one will do)
short sewing needles
thread to match / contrast with your project
fabric scraps
something to applique onto – linen is good, but anything is fine
a pencil for tracing onto the fusible
small scissors

You will need fusible stabiliser like Floriani
stitch n wash – it is available at various stores around town, but we will have some available for a small cost on the day. 

All the important details to remember
Sunday May 27, from 1pm – 3.30pm


Downer Community Centre

Don’t forget to bring:

  • $5 for room hire and a couple of dollars for fusing if you need it. 
  • a plate of something to share for afternoon tea if you’d like.
  • anything you’d like to share with us for show and tell!

And please RSVP in the comments so we know you’re coming! This is
especially important if you would like to purchase any supplies
on the day – we need to know how much to
have on hand!

Please let us know if you’d like any more information!

Canberra Prefects xo

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  • Reply Michelle May 20, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I'm in!!

    So excited to be learning Danielle's applique technique.

  • Reply Kuka May 20, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I'll be there!
    I love Danielle's Whirligig quilt!
    Will need to buy supplies!
    Bron S xo

  • Reply Anonymous May 20, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Sounds terrific, i'll be coming. Jo

  • Reply Vilet May 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Sorry cannot make it this time and very sad I will miss out on learning to do applique Sandra A.

  • Reply Georgie May 20, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I will be there! Applique scares the jeebers out of me, so I'm looking forward to learning.

    George x

  • Reply Danielle May 21, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Looking forward to it! It's not scary at all, just addictive!

  • Reply gnomeangel May 21, 2012 at 2:29 am

    I'm committing to coming (baby arrival not withstanding).

    I won't be appliqueing though – will be trying to finish my crochet project. Although I'm keen to hear how Danielle makes her magic!

  • Reply Bianca May 21, 2012 at 4:24 am

    I'll be there, with sidekick. Looking forward to learning all about how Danielle does applique- her work is stunning!

  • Reply suzy hausfrau May 21, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Bum dudes can't make it again! Off to sydney to score some CPE points for my 'other' life! enjoy xo

  • Reply nettie May 24, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I'm coming :)

  • Reply Anonymous May 25, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I haven't been for awhile but I'll hopefully be there. I'm not much of a sewer but am keen to have a go.

  • Reply Anonymous May 25, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Hi, I have not made it along yet this year, however, I can make it along this weekend and am very keen to learn applique! Genevieve

  • Reply Carolyn McPherson May 26, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Maybe it's te weather, I haven't been in a while and would love to learn appliqué!

  • Reply Carolyn McPherson May 26, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I'm also bringing 1 guest (Yay!!) and I'll also need to get some fusible stabiliser, thanks!!

  • Reply Anonymous May 28, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Hello can anyone remember the name of the special paper we were using for applique? It was stiff and transluscent with one gummy side for ironing your fabric onto. Thanks! Joanne

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