Monday, 3 August 2015

Appliqué Peg Bucket

If you follow the 'Stokes Croft Stitching' Facebook page you'll know that I've been playing around with a bit of raw edge appliqué. I was a little tight lipped about the specifics of what I was working on as it was a birthday gift but as it's now with it's recipient I can divulge the details!

I promised OH's mum a peg bag a long time ago and have never quite gotten around to actually making it so when her birthday rolled around I thought it was about time!

I'm not a big fan of hanger based peg bags as the opening is generally quite flat making access to it's innards unnecessarily awkward. Enter 'make-it-up-as-I-go' #372 ...the 'Peg Bucket'.

I was faffing with fabric options for ages when inspiration struck in the form of a gorgeous 'Dolly What Not' embroidered card (Sarah -it's all your fault!) so I delved into my scraps and, using a little bondaweb, spent the next few hours embroidering some little appliqué pegs. It looks like free motion, but not having the appropriate foot I simply straight stitched around the edge in the usual fashion.

I think this technique looks best when you don't over think it. As I mentioned, it's a great lesson in letting go of perfection (not something that comes naturally to me!) as the slightly wobbly lines give a lovely illustrative quality.

Coincidentally the 'Dolly What Not' shop has just opened in St James' Arcade in Bristol so pop in and take a look; more on that later!

It was a little last minute so construction wise it's not perfect -for one I'd rather have hand stitched the binding down but simply didn't have enough time. I'd also cut the drawstring band a little deeper for version 2 so that it meets in the middle but it's a good first effort.

I'll keep you posted with a usage report as to whether or not bucket beats bag...


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    1. Thanks Fran! It's not something I do a lot of -I prefer construction to surface pattern but I'm happy with it! :)

  2. Looks so good! I'll be honest, appliqué scares me so I am always impressed with what others can do!

    1. I have to say it's not really for me, but I like to dabble very occasionally :) ...good news is I have it on good authority that bucket design wins over bag! Hurrah!