Felted Applique Woolly Alphabet pattern by Debora Konchinsky, Critter Pattern Works, FREE shipping!
This felted applique pattern has SIX full color pages showing the full quilt on the cover and detail photos of each of the designs on my quilt on the next five pages, and full instructions written for beginners or advanced crafters. This pattern weighs 8 oz, and is full of options from which you choose. You quilt doesn't have to be a carbon copy of mine.
My quilt top measures 59" high x 51" wide. Your quilt could be any size you like. There are 26 funky letters and 26 realistic animal drawings from my original Alphabet pattern I designed in 1996, and 26 new and more detailed animal drawings I used on this quilt. There are six pages of color detail photos in this pattern. All of these drawings become wool appliques which get poked with a hand felting tool (the pink one from Clover), into the background wool blocks to tack them down so they don't move. This saves you from purchasing fusible (iron-on glue) to anchor the appliques and the backgrounds together, Then the wool fibers are poked with the felting tool to make the the animals look more realistic than they would in flat cotton fabrics. The fibers get hooked together magically because wool has barbs on each fiber and they mesh together. There are so many different textures and colors available for the critters you decide to use on your quilt.
If you are looking for a unique project that will keep you occupied while on vacation, or commuting or just plain waiting for kids at practice, or while having cancer treatments, this project will add many hours of enjoyment to your life. When you are finished you'll have an heirloom quilt to pass down for generations. This is a project that you can pick up and add something and put it down till your next spare moment. The quilt will tell you what to add as you play with it.
I used my own hand dyed wool backgrounds, but you could substitute wool from your stash, or wool clothes that you cut up. I am excited about the hand embroidery. The more I do it it, the better I get. Give yourself some slack if you fear you aren't good enough at hand embroidery. We are always our own worst critic. Like me, your work will improve as you get the hang of what looks good.
This quilt was made one block at a time. The wonderful advantage of the whole process is that it is portable. You make a couple of blocks then join them together, and add some roving (fibers) to the animals and letters, and some hand embroidery, and it grows and takes on a life of its own. Your quilt could be smaller by making fewer letters, spelling a word or an name, or a saying, like "COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS" with animals to go with the letters.
ACCESSORIES YOU WILL NEED: The wool fabrics could be collected from thrift stores which is appealing if you like to reuse and recycle. You could sew the seams together on a sewing machine, or the background seams could be hand sewn or hand felted together, or felted using a felting machine which has 12 (or more) needles. I used my own hand dyed wool backgrounds. Convo me if this is something you might like to purchase.
I used only six different embroidery stitches to for the places where different wool fabrics are joined together. You can see how I embellished my basic embroidery by studying the two Fish photos above. You will need some embroidery threads. I used size 8 pearl cottons, but I am beginning to use floss as well, because you can vary the thickness.
The felting tool is #8901 from Clover and it has 3 needles close together in a pink pen style holder. You'll also need a piece of upholstery foam to use under you project to protect your leg or table. The rovings I used wool fibers that were hand dyed by me and natural colors. If you would like me to put together a group of hand dyed wools together for you, with coordinated fibers, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), with your color preferences. I will send you a photo or two with a special assortment for your approval, and then make a listing just for you here on etsy. You will also need scrap wool fabric to use for your appliques. The color doesn't matter since it will get covered by rovings.
There is no PDF of this pattern. I am finding that most people prefer working with a printed pattern.
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