Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Let it Snow!

Although a white Christmas is highly unlikely this year - it's been near 50 F this week - I have been seeing a lot of snowflakes lately.  My friend Katie taught an applique snowflake mini-workshop at our TAS chapter meeting this month.  We had a great time creating the "perfect" snowflake from paper.  I was having so much fun cutting that I made several.  It was tough to decide which to applique first! I decided to start with this one:

We discussed several options for lining the snowflakes.  Kate used another piece of white fabric to line hers. I decided to try one of those fusible leave-in materials to line this one. I cut the snowflake pattern from the fusible, ironed it onto the snowflake fabric, and needle-turned the fabric over the fusible.  I am not thrilled with the edges.  It seemed more difficult to hide stitches with the fusible inside, particularly in all of the inside "Vs".  I am thinking about adding a line of embroidery around the edges to "crisp" it up a little. 

Here are a couple more flakes I cut from paper - maybe I will start on one of these next.  I think the one on the left would have to be reverse applique....

I'm looking forward to having some time to sew over the holidays.  I've been traveling the past two weeks and haven't had much time to sew.  I did have a chance to visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree again this year. 

Time to get to work - only three more days until vacation!!!

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