I am trying very hard to LOVE the applique process! I have read SO MANY applique books, blogs on applique, I own 7 different applique DVDs (which I have watched a million times) and I have taken 2 different applique classes. My applique looks horrible!
I tried the glue basting around freezer paper, and the pieces looked wonderful----until I tried to remove the paper, then-disaster----the paper was so hard to get out, that it ruined my perfect applique lines!
I tried the approach of using the marked line and the overlay/lightbox/pinned fabric on, and have not had great success with that method either!
I had good success with the turned edge/thread basted on top method, but it is very time consuming and I feel like I have sewn the piece on twice!
The most common applique I have done is fused and machine appliqued---great success, but I am determined to learn a hand applique method, so I can have a portable project.
So, my experiment tonight was to try freezer paper/starch method! I copied leaves on freezer paper, and then ironed on double freezer paper (D), triple freezer paper (T) and plain poster board (P). The website I am totally enamored of is www.simplebirdapplique.com. Kerry is my newest mentor, and through her site I am looking forward to learning to applique half as good as she does!
They look great WITH the paper still attached, but the proof will be when I remove them!
So far the all look great, with crisp edges-let's see how it looks when appliqued to fabric....stayed tuned!
My newest gadget is this iron that I have seen Kerry her use on her blog: