New Year New Work
It’s a new year. This suggests the opportunity to let go of the past and try something new. I am. Serendipitously, I started a new artwork this week. I am even trying a new to me appliqué technique. I started by designing the general layout/concept in EQ 8.
My goal for Celestial Harmony is two fold. First, I want to use the orange peel left over scraps from making Celestial Celebration. Second, there is a call for entry with an April 1st deadline and specific size requirements, that I would like enter. My preferred method of working is precision piecing. This is quite time consuming. So, embracing the new year with a time saving appliqué method seems apropos.
A little Internet research resulted in my learning about Whisperlite interfacing. Who can resist a new product to play with? The cost was affordable enough to take a chance. I can attest that the learning curve was very gentle. Phew. I haven’t seen a name for this type of appliqué. Personally, I’ve named pillow turn appliqué. Linda, the creator of Whisperlite, has a great tutorial if you are interested. She refers to it as turned edge appliqué. However, since every appliqué method, other than fusible, has a turned edge I’m sticking to my name.
New Applique Technique
Aren’t the smooth curves great on the orange peel segments? The points are little fiddly, but they are close enough. I’m toying with the idea of adding a design element to hide where the points come together. What would you do? Would you leave the points exposed? If not, how would you cover the junctions in a purposeful manner? You may be able to detect a chalk gridline on the background. This is for placement purposes. The lines are hidden once the peels are added.