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    Questions About Wool Applique

    I am doing my first wool applique wall hanging and am wondering about doing the applique itself. Do you always use a blanket stitch to applique? I saw a video where the lady just did a hem stitch (more of a whip stitch) instead of blanket stitch - which was quicker and since the thread "sank" into the wool it didn't show anyway. What about hand stitching vs. machine stitching? If hand stitching, do you use thread or floss or does it really matter? Just a few questions before I get started. I appreciate any suggestions or help - thanks!
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    I always used the blanket stitch on wool but after watching Anna Bates' (woolie mammoth) tutorials, I will be using the "whip stitch" instead ... at least for the smaller pieces and areas. She suggests doing that and saving the blanket stitch for the longer areas to be stitched where they can be seen. This makes sense to me and it would have been easier for me to make the Christmas ornaments I made a few years back. I do really like the way the blanket stitch looks though so I will only use the whip stitch on the very small pieces.

    I know we "spoke" before and you watched Anna's videos that I recommended so I am guessing that is why you are asking this question. I am sure others will have an opinion about this. Maybe you can just experiment on some scrap wool and see what works for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLO View Post
    I always used the blanket stitch on wool but after watching Anna Bates' (woolie mammoth) tutorials, I will be using the "whip stitch" instead ... at least for the smaller pieces and areas. She suggests doing that and saving the blanket stitch for the longer areas to be stitched where they can be seen. This makes sense to me and it would have been easier for me to make the Christmas ornaments I made a few years back. I do really like the way the blanket stitch looks though so I will only use the whip stitch on the very small pieces.

    I know we "spoke" before and you watched Anna's videos that I recommended so I am guessing that is why you are asking this question. I am sure others will have an opinion about this. Maybe you can just experiment on some scrap wool and see what works for you.
    Thanks for your reply - yes, we did speak before and I enjoyed watching the videos - I think I will use this suggestion too about using the whip stitch on smaller pieces anyway - can't wait to get started. My Soft Fuse should arrive in the mail in a day or two then I can start.
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    Be very careful because you might fall in love with wool applique like I did. Just another addiction but we need more hours in the day. My biggest problem is finding decent wool. I may just have to start buying wool at the fabric store and felting it myself or checking out the charity shops to see if they have any wool garments at a good price. Good luck and have fun!

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    Do you always use a blanket stitch to applique? Not always, but usually. Sometimes I'll just fuse it on & use a running stitch.

    What about hand stitching vs. machine stitching? I personally prefer hand stitching, but I've seen people who've done it by machine with 12wt thread.

    If hand stitching, do you use thread or floss or does it really matter? I've used Aurifloss, perle cotton & 2 strands of embroidery floss. They all work. The reason for using something thicker is due to the stitch length/spacing. When working with felted wool, you have a longer stitch length because the thread is traveling the height of the felt in addition to whatever horizontal spacing between your stitches. I usually will do 1/4" for both the length of the stitch & the width between stitches (generally they should be the same with a blanket stitch). That's a stitch length of over 6mm, so I want something that is at least a 12wt cotton (or a wool/cotton blend like Aurifil's Lana). If you were somehow doing a shorter stitch, you could maybe try a thinner poly thread, but I'm not sure why you would want to. If you don't want it to show, pick a matching color of thread. A thin thread looks a bit strange to me on the edges of felt. It's hard to get it to lay nicely & it also leaves much of the edge exposed, with just thin little bits of thread running across the edge. Unless that's done intentionally -- for artistic reasons -- it's rarely as nice of a finish as a heavier weight thread/floss.

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    Bree123 has great information for you. I forgot to mention that I currently use 2 strands of embroidery floss for the wool stitching. However, in the future I will be switching to Pearl Cotton probably #5 or thereabouts. I find that the floss sometimes it difficult to work with since it is two strands. I like the idea of only having to deal with one strand that will cover the drawn design line well but that may not matter to others. I think it might be nice to use wool threads also but I think that can get pricey. I cannot remember if you mentioned whether you already have a project in mind. Have you decided what you want to start on first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bree123 View Post
    Do you always use a blanket stitch to applique? Not always, but usually. Sometimes I'll just fuse it on & use a running stitch.

    What about hand stitching vs. machine stitching? I personally prefer hand stitching, but I've seen people who've done it by machine with 12wt thread.

    If hand stitching, do you use thread or floss or does it really matter? I've used Aurifloss, perle cotton & 2 strands of embroidery floss. They all work. The reason for using something thicker is due to the stitch length/spacing. When working with felted wool, you have a longer stitch length because the thread is traveling the height of the felt in addition to whatever horizontal spacing between your stitches. I usually will do 1/4" for both the length of the stitch & the width between stitches (generally they should be the same with a blanket stitch). That's a stitch length of over 6mm, so I want something that is at least a 12wt cotton (or a wool/cotton blend like Aurifil's Lana). If you were somehow doing a shorter stitch, you could maybe try a thinner poly thread, but I'm not sure why you would want to. If you don't want it to show, pick a matching color of thread. A thin thread looks a bit strange to me on the edges of felt. It's hard to get it to lay nicely & it also leaves much of the edge exposed, with just thin little bits of thread running across the edge. Unless that's done intentionally -- for artistic reasons -- it's rarely as nice of a finish as a heavier weight thread/floss.
    Thanks so much for all your good advice - I appreciate it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KLO View Post
    Bree123 has great information for you. I forgot to mention that I currently use 2 strands of embroidery floss for the wool stitching. However, in the future I will be switching to Pearl Cotton probably #5 or thereabouts. I find that the floss sometimes it difficult to work with since it is two strands. I like the idea of only having to deal with one strand that will cover the drawn design line well but that may not matter to others. I think it might be nice to use wool threads also but I think that can get pricey. I cannot remember if you mentioned whether you already have a project in mind. Have you decided what you want to start on first?
    Yes, I have a project - my quilt guild is doing a BOM called Summertime Sampler by Erica Kaprow - it should be fun
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    Not only is it going to be fun but it's going to be beautiful also! So colorful!!! I have never seen that pattern before. Does the author have suggestions about the stitching or type of thread to use? (Of course I am assuming that you already have the book.) I am pretty sure that I would be fusing these blocks in order to not lose any of the applique pieces. However, if you are well organized and doing one block a month, you can probably pick and choose the way you want to go. Here's hoping you will show us a finished block each month. I for one will be watching for it for sure.

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    For me it depends on the look I want. For small involved pieces I use thread and a whip stitch as I don't want all that blanket stitch (12 perle cotton) being so noticeable. Whimsical things usually get blanket, sometimes matching, sometimes not. Search images of wool appliqué online and you will quickly see what you prefer. I do hope you enjoy it. It goes really quickly since no raw edges to turn.

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    Thought I would add a photo of my first block - still have more embroidery to do on it but it is coming along nicely. The colors are much nicer in real life and the black background (woolies flannel) is also darker and less "tweedy" looking. I am very happy with it so far.
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    Ann Marie,

    Oh how wonderful! It looks like you have done a great job on this block so far. It makes me wish I were in your guild to take part in this BOM. I hope you will keep posting photos as you finish each block month by month. I for one will stay turned to see them all. I am hoping to start the free BOM from Buttermilk Basin. I have all the patterns from last year's blocks and am getting the ones from this year also. My problem always seems to be finding decent wool. Hopefully when I go to a quilt show this month, there will be a vendor who carries wool. Keep up the good work! It has turned out great! Hope you are enjoying it now also.

    PS: I really like your Roger Caras quote. So very true!

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    I did not know you can use 12 wt on a sewing machine (through a tension controller). Do you need a size 18 needle? Can you machine stitch with pearl cotton ( 5wt, 8wt 0r 12 wt), or is that for hand stitching only?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLO View Post
    Ann Marie,

    Oh how wonderful! It looks like you have done a great job on this block so far. It makes me wish I were in your guild to take part in this BOM. I hope you will keep posting photos as you finish each block month by month. I for one will stay turned to see them all. I am hoping to start the free BOM from Buttermilk Basin. I have all the patterns from last year's blocks and am getting the ones from this year also. My problem always seems to be finding decent wool. Hopefully when I go to a quilt show this month, there will be a vendor who carries wool. Keep up the good work! It has turned out great! Hope you are enjoying it now also.

    PS: I really like your Roger Caras quote. So very true!
    Like I mentioned in the beginning, this is my first time working with wool. I found almost all my wool fabric online and have been very happy with the places I have bought it from - but it is expensive. I am getting carried away with buying different colors - lol. As for the quote by Roger Caras - it is definitely true! I have loved all my dogs and they will always have a place in my heart (however, the one I have now, in the photo, is a real "trial" - lol)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jane Quilter View Post
    I did not know you can use 12 wt on a sewing machine (through a tension controller). Do you need a size 18 needle? Can you machine stitch with pearl cotton ( 5wt, 8wt 0r 12 wt), or is that for hand stitching only?
    I am doing all my outline stitching by hand and don't know the answer to your questions
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    First Block of Summertime Sampler

    Here is my finished first block for this sampler - I am really enjoying working with wool. However, now I keep looking and buying more colors of it - lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Marie O View Post
    Like I mentioned in the beginning, this is my first time working with wool. I found almost all my wool fabric online and have been very happy with the places I have bought it from - but it is expensive. I am getting carried away with buying different colors - lol. As for the quote by Roger Caras - it is definitely true! I have loved all my dogs and they will always have a place in my heart (however, the one I have now, in the photo, is a real "trial" - lol)

    Ha, ha, I too have a current dog that is testing my will to keep her. Thankfully we do have another dog that is a real people dog and a blue heeler mix so she gets a lot of compliments. However for several years she had seizures. I am hoping that they are now under control with medication but we are always wondering if she will start up again. The other one is a terrier/beagle mix and I will never have another terrier. She is lucky we are dog people!

    Hey, I warned you about starting applique with wool! It is addictive and can get expensive as you mentionedbut then so is quilting. And yep, now you want every color under the sun. I wonder if there is an organization called WA (woolies anonymous). We could join!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLO View Post
    Ha, ha, I too have a current dog that is testing my will to keep her. Thankfully we do have another dog that is a real people dog and a blue heeler mix so she gets a lot of compliments. However for several years she had seizures. I am hoping that they are now under control with medication but we are always wondering if she will start up again. The other one is a terrier/beagle mix and I will never have another terrier. She is lucky we are dog people!

    Hey, I warned you about starting applique with wool! It is addictive and can get expensive as you mentionedbut then so is quilting. And yep, now you want every color under the sun. I wonder if there is an organization called WA (woolies anonymous). We could join!
    We could always start a club of Woolies Anon - lol. As for my dog, he is my 4th cocka-poo and the only one who has been a problem - as much as I love him - he drives me crazy at time - thought he would get better - and he has a little - but I don't think he will ever be "good" like my other 3 - lol
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    What size needle do you use for wool applique?

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    If you find a wool you like at a good price and you can get it in white, cream or some other light, neutral color, you might want to try dyeing
    your own. Wool is very easy to dye.

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    Gorgeous work!
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    Hi Ann Marie-I am new to Quilting Board and not sure how to use the site. When I saw the quilt you are working on I thought you might be able to help me. I recently picked up one of Erica Kaprow's patterns called "Everything's Blooming" which is very similar to the pattern you are working on. The question I have is what type of wool did you use for the background? My pattern calls for 2 yds of 100% wool for the blocks background and the borders. I saw one place on the web that sells merino wool by the yard but I am not sure if this is the correct wool. Can you help me?

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    I use mostly Perle Cotton for my wool appliqué, some wool and silk floss. I do often blanket stitch my pieces to the background I also use a lot of decorative embroidery stitches on my appliqué
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