Friday, December 09, 2011

reverse applique dots

This post is a tutorial for a careful technique, reverse applique dots. Two three inch squares are layered, basted together, and marked with a circle outline. A spool of thread makes a good template. The center of the circle needs to be removed with very sharp embroidery scissors. Then make several tiny clips that just touch the drawn line. Thread the needle with silk applique thread. Silk thread is very strong, does not knot, and is nearly invisible once stitched.
The above photo shows how the needle itself is used to create the curves. If you use the side of the needle rather than your fingers to manipulate the cloth, you will get a neater curve. Firmly hold the two fabrics together with one hand, and then stitch the top fabric to the lower fabric with an invisible hem stitch. It's best to just relax with these dots, and work slowly and carefully. I'd say that each one takes at least ten minutes to make, perhaps more. When finished, bring the thread to the back of your work and make a knot before cutting the thread. At this time I also remove the excess bottom layer of fabric. This has become one of my favourite techniques. The dots give a strong graphic with minimalist strength. To make them takes practice, but there is a satisfaction in doing skillful work. Massed, the hand made dots are very powerful. Each unique. All the same.

32 comments:

EMBELLISHER said...

The circle or dot is my favourite form I've discovered, thank you for your tutorial.Must try some reverse applique dots.

Penny Berens said...

You've gone dotty!

Dolores said...

Thanks for showing us. It's nice to see how small they actually are.

Roberta said...

They look so wonderful all together like that.

arlee said...

Thanks for the tute and inspiration, Judy---a period can be the start of a sentence here :)

P.D. Crumbaker said...

This I love: "To make them takes practice, but there is a satisfaction in doing skillful work."

Margaret said...

Thank you! I can see that being so very helpful with other shapes as well.

Velma said...

very clear and clean tutorial. thank you.

deanna7trees said...

i think i will make some just because i love your.

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

Long admired your "perfect" dots. Wonderful to see how you execute them. I must say that the other Jud-e over at Spirit Cloth has been doing rings and orifice/aperture devices this week via the eye. There is such a contrast in the two - the precision of your dots and Jude's almost automatic drawings of eyes. Both provide the same venture into the circular concept, and associated connotation, especially by chance with the looming full moon, but from different directions - contrast/comparison is interesting.
Is there circle, man's design, the perfect form that might not be found naturally in nature, I wonder. Thank you.

Connie Rose said...

I just found your blog, Judy, and I love it!

Jacky said...

Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou...what a lovely, simple tutorial. I am going to try one of these now (and hopefully make lots more). I love repetition, pattern forming and those rows upon rows of dots on your cloth have always appealed to me.
I am working on a little memory cloth at the moment that was inspired by your work. I will photograph it soon.

Jacky xox

Sweetpea said...

Thank you for this...I can see the power [possibility] in numbers.

stitchinglife.com said...

Thank you for this. I often think the same thing about people - all unique, and yet all the same.

Serena said...

thank you. i'll keep coming back to this.

neki desu said...

this is wonderful! thanks so much.

Claudia said...

I think I MUST! try this. It looks sooo interesting and I can imagine experimenting with colours. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have never visited your blog before, came across it by accident (?) and love browsing. Sending you greetings from Germany

Mimi said...

I've seen this technique before but have never tried it - thanks for sharing with your tutorial.

Heather said...

So simple, yet as you say, powerful.

Ro Bruhn said...

What a lovely idea, thanks for sharing.

helen salo said...

Any time I have a chance to learn the proper way to do anything that emulates your work I am thankful!

mummsie said...

You have sooooo simplified my quilting life. So clear, so easy to understand. One hundred thousand "thank yous" Love your quilt top too!!

Suzanna said...

Wonderful...thank you!

Morna said...

This is wonderful and I want to try it - your tutorial is so clear! Thank you!

Bribri34500 said...

Bravo ! C'esr superbe...
Amicalement

Supergoof said...

Thank you, I really want to try this!
:o)

Doris Estela said...

gracias por las instrucciones, tenia mis dudas sobre hacer unos círculos , en bajo relieve..
Un feliz sábado
Doris

Margaret said...

This is precisely how I do RA. Actually, I enjoy RA more than regular applique, perhaps. It's a very satisfying technique!

galerie zone said...

wow! If each dot takes 10 minutes then we're looking at a minimum of about 14 hours of dots here.....

Morna Crites-Moore * Wicked Waif said...

Just stumbled across this again ... I still haven't done it ... glad to be reminded ... it's so beautiful ... maybe I will start something this week. Wouldn't that be nice? xo

Niina Koo said...

Very beautiful! <3

lulu moonwood murakami said...

Beautiful! I love reverse appliqué!