Hoop Along - Applique Part One

top barWelcome everyone to the first Hoop along blog post. The hoop along is an ongoing, online embroidery class. Over a span of several months we will stitch, discuss and demonstrate a wide variety of embroidery techniques, such as applique, cutwork, in-the-hoop patchwork, endless or continuous embroidery, etc. You don’t have to sign up or sign in. Just visit my blog each week for the next installment. And if you miss any weeks, just click on the hoop along tag and all the blog posts will pop up.

We are starting off with machine embroidery appliqué. I have to say that this is one of my very favorite embroidery techniques. It looks beautiful and stitches quickly. Fabric adds texture and detail to the overall design that you just don’t get with only fill and satin stitches.

For the beginners, appliqué is simply the process of stitching a piece of fabric onto a background fabric. In this case it’s being done in the hoop, by your embroidery sewing machine – sounds easy right? Well it is, especially since we are going to do it together, step by step. There are several different types of appliqué such as satin stitch, blanket stitch, shadow, Madeira, etc. Check out my Etsy store for examples of each of these types of appliqué.

The first design in the hoop along is a satin stitch appliqué, a beautiful large poppy, pictured below. Click through the slideshow to see all the embroidery designs included:


You can purchase the Applique Poppy design from my Etsy store.

Purchase the poppy design and stitch along with me. I’ll send you a zipped file of the appliqué poppy embroidery designs via e-mail within 24 hours of receiving your payment. The zipped file contains embroidery designs for the 4”x4” (100x100mm) Standard hoop, the 5”x7” (130x180mm) Design hoop and the 10.2”x7.9” (260x200mm) Large hoop 2, in the following formats:

.EXP, .HUS, .PCS, .PES, .SHV, and .VP3

Not all of the designs are included in all of the file formats. Some of the embroidery formats have embroidery design size restrictions. And some designs are specially set for specific hoops.

The download also contains an embroidery design spec sheet, including design size, stitch count, number of color changes and order of colors, basic embroidery appliqué directions and a design placement guide for the 4”x4” (100x100mm) Standard hoop, and the 5”x7” (130x180mm) Design hoop.

Here’s what you’ll need in way of supplies:
Cotton solid for the background fabric
(Choose a medium weight cotton, linen or denim)
Three shades of red, pink, yellow or white
(Poppies come in a variety of colors, so choose your favorite)
Tear away stabilizer
40wt rayon thread in desired colors
Embroidery bobbin thread
Temporary adhesive spray
Bent embroidery scissors or snips

supplies_1The background fabric should be medium weight to slightly heavy. Use fabrics such as quilting cotton, linen, denim, or other medium weight fabrics. We used slightly heavy linen in bright white.

Poppies come in a variety of colors, so choose your favorite. You can use a variety of fabrics for the appliqué areas; fabrics such as quilting cotton, silk taffeta, fine cotton knit, etc. We used quilting cotton in three shades of red for our appliqués. Also don’t feel that you have to use only solids for the appliqués, prints can work beautifully depending on the print. I used print for the appliques in the Notepad Organizer and the Messenger Bag. I used silk taffeta for the Pillow Wraps. 

We're using tear away as the stabilizer. The stabilizer is going to keep the fabric from puckering and becoming distorted during the embroidery process. After stitching, any part of the stabilizer that is not covered with stitches is removed – it just tears away (hence the name).

So get the poppy design, grab your supplies and join me over the next couple of weeks for the embroidery tutorial.