wool applique… where I’m up to

Last year I started this wool applique project in a class with Sue Spargo, and showed progress photos back in September here.
Well, I’m happy to say that I am now almost finished it! Yay! Here it is:

I’m just finishing off couching some yarn around the edge of the vase and then I have to think about what borders I might add to it, or otherwise finish the edges.I’m thinking of adding a border of some type of patterned fabric (but what?…) Any ideas? It will then just need backing and some quilting in the background areas.
Here are a few close-up shots.

I embroidered the vase instead of appliqueing it as others have done, trying to emulate those old ceramic vases with scenes drawn on them:

and I had to add a little birdie!

This has been a really enjoyable project; the wool felt has a lovely feel in your hands and is easy to sew, and you have lots of fun playing with embellishments and yarns and threads to achieve so many different effects. I could go on adding lots more if I wanted- more leaves and more stitching all over it, but that could continue indefinitely! so I’ve decided this is fine just as it is.
I’m linking in here to Freshly Pieced’s ‘Work in Progress’ day- lots of lovely work to see!

10 thoughts on “wool applique… where I’m up to

  1. Wow, I’m in awe of your embroidery. I have no experience in it what so ever. So it’s on my to do list:) Thanks for stopping by my blog too. I recognised your name from the fall bloggers quilt festival last year as I really liked the quilt you entered.

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