>Broderie Perse (a fusible applique technique)

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FUN WITH FABRIC AND THREAD

“Jack of all trades, master of none” sort of describes by relations hip with fabric and threads. From tailoring and bound buttonholes to silk ribbon embroidery by machine, I have tried just about everything! Some techniques I enjoy better than others, some have become more appealing with age and patience.

In my blog I’m going to talk about different things to do with your sewing hobby. Some things aren’t even sewing, but the results are something you can use when you do sew.

Broderie Perse is a technique that you may already be familiar with. It dates from the 17th century and it was originally cutting flowers out of chintz fabric and appliquéing them to a quilt top. With today’s fabrics and the wonderful fusing agents and appliqué techniques we have available, there is no end to the creative things you can do!

In my Sew Many Pictures wall hangings, I have used this technique quite a bit. For example, in my Flower Basket, all the flowers were cut from different fabrics, arranged, and fused in place.

Then I finished them by thread painting (topic for another blog!)

There are so many benefits to using this technique:

The fabric designers are fabulous artists! Why should I try to draw it/paint it when they’ve done it for me???
It can be used in place of machine embroidery at far less cost and time.
For landscape quilts—so many fabrics are coming out for this popular style! You can make a beautiful landscape with ease.

Here are the basics:
Pick out the element you want to use from a piece of fabric and rough-cut it out with about 1 ½ inches border around it.

Then cut a piece of Steam a Seam II or other fusing material, a bit small than your piece of fabric. (trace the fabric piece, then cut ¼-1/2” inside the lines.

Apply the fusing material to the wrong side of the fabric.

With good, sharp, small scissors, cut out your element.

Continue cutting out your elements for your picture til you’ve got everything you need and arrange things as you like on your background fabric.

Note: sometimes I fuse little sections together on a piece of parchment paper or fusible backing paper prior to arranging the bigger picture.

Finally, fuse everything in place.

You’re done! Or, continue on with thread painting or whatever further treatment you choose.

>Playing with fabric paints

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Well, I got out my Shiva Paintstix and rubbing plates the other day and these are the results. I like most of them pretty well. Now that the paint has dried I need to press these, but I wanted to get them up for you to see. Now I have to decide what to do with them!
I’d love to use some of them on handbags–for outside pockets, maybe. And a couple of them would make nice collars or lapels on a vest or jacket. I thinks little pieces would look great in some crazy patchwork. Well, I’m still pondering. Let me know your ideas!