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Thread: Wool Applique

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    Ok folks - so the DS showed up yesterday with a belated birthday present (poor boy - had been in Hawaii for almost 4 weeks on business :mrgreen: ).

    He had been to a local quilt shop down in RI and bought me a kit. It is wool applique - really neat!!

    http://www.primitivegatherings.us/sh...productId=1297

    It has some pretty small pieces - which I am concerned about fraying after cutting. It suggests using steam a seam 2 and then fray check after cutting it out!!

    I was thinking about using the very light stabilizer that we use in knits before the steam a seam and instead of the fray check? My thoughts on fray check are that projects that I have used it on are "crusty" and or hard.

    Anyone else done anything like this? OR any thoughts from those of you who have used wool?

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    What a beautiful quilt kit!! And so sweet of your DS!!!!

    I really don't have any kind of answer for you about the fraying -- I can look at wool and start itching and breaking out....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    What a beautiful quilt kit!! And so sweet of your DS!!!!

    . . . I can look at wool and start itching and breaking out....
    Me too on the itching - BUT I will not be wearing this!! :-) :-)

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    Fray Block is similar to Fray Check but dries soft. JoAnn's has it.

    Fusible tricot would give more body to the wool, but I'm not sure it would prevent fraying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Fray Block is similar to Fray Check but dries soft. JoAnn's has it.
    Thanks for the info on Fray Block - I have never used it - I will check it out!

    Fusible tricot would give more body to the wool, but I'm not sure it would prevent fraying.
    I figured that it would add some stability and at least hold the fabric somewhat tog while I am working on it. I would love to find someone that has worked with this type of fabric.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Are you sure this isn't wool felt? Felt will not ravel.
    I kind of wish it were - BUT it would be 100% wool fabric. Very nice quality - I would be tempted to say Pendleton wool maybe.

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    Primitive Gatherings uses only wool; and I am currently working on one of their block of the month. I am using Fray Check and it is doing the job for me; but I try to put very little. Just run the tip of the bottle lightly around the edge of the piece. My friend is using the Steam A Seam 2 and is very happy with her results also. You can tell which pieces of wool may fray because the fibers aren't as tightly woven.
    Good luck with your kit...that is a lovely gift from a thoughtful son.
    Lucky You!!

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    That is beautiful. I almost never applique so I am no help at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamaw
    Primitive Gatherings uses only wool; and I am currently working on one of their block of the month. I am using Fray Check and it is doing the job for me; but I try to put very little. Just run the tip of the bottle lightly around the edge of the piece. My friend is using the Steam A Seam 2 and is very happy with her results also. You can tell which pieces of wool may fray because the fibers aren't as tightly woven.
    Good luck with your kit...that is a lovely gift from a thoughtful son.
    Lucky You!!
    Thank you mamaw - The directions (as I read them) actually suggested that you use both. You are correct - some of the wool is tighter woven than some others. Are you hand appliqueing? or are you machine appliqueing? That was the next thing I needed to decide.

    The son is thoughtful. I have never worked with wool in this manner so I am looking forward to trying it. Just need to get it complete before Thanksgiving!!

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