Royal School of Needlework-- 2015 Courses

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Preparing the background for applique (#2)

After the background has been marked with a soft pencil, I stitch a basting stitch along the pencil lines, using a consistent dark purple thread. When I see the purple thread, I recognize is as the basting thread.
UPDATE: Do not use a dark thread. It can leave a residue. I now use a lighter colored thread for this.
When it is time to remove the basting thread, I know which thread I have used for this purpose. The basting stitch outlines the area to be appliqued, creating a very accurate applique design on the right side of the fabric (which is the side displayed here). I can let this design sit for a long time, if necessary, before working on it. The pencil marks wear off, and the basting remains. The basting can easily be accomplished in a short time and doesn't require any special concentration efforts. If you want to correct the design, you have 3 opportunities: 1) on the pattern copy, 2) on the back of the block, and 3) on the front of the block when you do the applique.


Karen said...

I will give your method a try. I also thread baste, less the pencil marks. How do you mark dark background fabric?

Margaret said...

I draw the design on water-soluble interfacing on the back of the block. Using a lighter thread such as pink (or another color not used in that applique), I do a running stitch. When the pattern is transferred, soak the block to remove the interfacing.

Karen said...

Thank you Margaret. I have yet to do an applique, this detailed, and look forward to testing out your method. Your applique is just beautiful.