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Hand Applique

Hand Applique is the historic method of layering pieces of fabric on a background fabric. Applique was initially used to extend the life of clothing and can be found in a variety of forms and styles in numerous cultures around the world. Applique developed to create pictures such as wreaths, or emblems and to ebmellish borders. Different cultures added their own flare and designes based on their creative art and local influences. Early applique quilts became popular in the 1700's and peaked in the United States with Baltimore Album Quilts in the 1850's. Applique quilts from this time frame can be simple or very elaborate and feature wreaths, flowers, locations and often include symbols and patriotic themes. Initially applique as a decorative art was done by hand sewing pieces of fabric onto a background fabric. The applique blocks were embellished with ink and embroidery.

Now there are many methods of hand applique involving the preparation of the applique shapes, such as using a freezer paper template or the needle turn and starch method. Applique tools have also continued to evolve so trying different methods will help you determine which method works best for you.

Benefits of Hand Applique

  • Hand Applique can be relaxing.
  • Hand applique is a portable project.

Tools and Supplies of Hand Applique

    • Applique patterns and fabrics for the design and background
    • Thread to match applique shapes or a nuetral 80 weight or 100 weight thread
    • Hand Applique Needles and Applique Pins - 1/2" to 5/8" long
    • Applique or Fabric Glue
    • Starch, small brush and Iron
    • Temporary marking pens and indelible ink pens
    • Depending on the style and pattern - ribbon, lace and other ebellishments
    • Template materials
What I Wish I Knew When I Started Hand Applique

If one method of HAND APPLIQUE doesn't work for you, then try another.

Hand Applique Resources

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