Texture is good.
I love to add ribbon or frayed layers to my designs. They give it that "something different" look.
Recently though, I took a look at my ribbon and decided that I didn't want to buy any more. Does anyone else have too much stuff?
So, I decided to make an applique a little differently. I pleated the fabric.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to pleat or gather. I went for pleated as I like clean lines. I also found that tape held everything down very nicely (just make sure it is out of stitching range - you don't want to gum up your needle).
After my layering was completed, I added a water soluble stabilizer (wss) to the top so my foot wouldn't get caught on anything as I stitched out the tackdown stitch.
Time to trim! Go slowly, cutting folded fabric can be a little tricky.
Lastly, before the final stitchout I added one more layer of wss just to make sure nothing would get caught and to give all of my stitches a clean even look.
Add a few bows and look: texture and volume all with clean lines in an applique!
For all of my designs, instructions are included. For this one, picture instructions are included too!