Hand Applique and Embroidered Wall Art
Recently, I shared this new-to-me hand applique and embroidery obsession. I talked about using recycled wool/garments to create improv quilt blocks for a quilt that I have no real idea when I’ll finish. Read more here.
It occurred to me I could use the same method of creating an improvisation block, to create small wall art.
First, I start with a wool background. The fabrics I used here were from a thrift shop wool blazer. It did not have darts, so there were larger pieces with which to work. I cut pieces 8″ x 10″. Then I arrange my designs with:
- base (basket, vase, square, trapezoid)
- stems (made from homemade bias strips)
- flower tops (anything goes here)
- leaves and maybe berries
This one looks like a Pea Shooter from the game Plants Vs Zombies. Happy accident!
And this last one of the three looks like a plant I’d be in charge of watering… drooping and falling over to the right. Le Sigh.
Mounting the Art
I opted to mount the wool artwork onto 5″ x 7″ pieces of quarter inch foam core board. You can buy this board, 20″ x 30″ in the school supply section of Walmart for cheap. Of course, if you are like me, you hit that aisle only when one of the kids say they have a project DUE TOMORROW. So here’s an amazon link, just in case: Small Foam Core Boards
- Trim the boards with an exacto knife to 5″ x 7″.
- Apply glue stick to the front of the board and center the artwork.
- Apply glue stick to the perimeter of the board’s back.
- Wrap the wool around the board using painters tape to hold it in place.
I used a thread that would be easily concealed in the wool’s color and nap to then stitch around the whole design, holding the edges in place. There are large stitches on the back, but much smaller little stitches on the front holding everything together. I stitched THROUGH the actual foam core.
Next, remove the painters tape from the back.
All I have left to do is either punch a small hold in the back with an craft knife, or, more likely, make a large span of thread or cording from the right and left sides to hang like a gallery frame. (Like this image below, but with thread instead of wire.)
I cannot wait to see these hanging in the house somewhere!