September '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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66 || P R I N T W E A R S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 EMBROIDERY BUSINESS and then re-stitched and re-inserted the wire. After all of the trouble, she decided to stitch only one side of the two-part screen. This is a good reminder to always be pre- pared when you quote a price on a job and try to analyze and foresee any challenges so you can price accordingly. OFF THE STITCHED PATH A variation of the traditional appliqué is reverse appliqué, a process where the fabrics of the appliqué are layered under the background fabric and the top layer is cut away to expose the layers and any planned pattern. The raw edges are final- ly tucked under and sewn to the adjoin- ing fabric. Bev Smith of Sew Simple in Gillett, Pennsylvania, used some tie-dyed shirts destined for the scrap heap to fash- ion a reverse appliqué. "The various colors showed through in the cut-out sections— each a bit different. It was a nice little twist on basic appliqué." Inlay appliqué is a variation of reverse appliqué. After cutting a shaped opening in the background fabric, a second fabric is placed behind the opening and the edges of the top layer are turned under to secure them to the new fabric. A second fabric is Above: Taking a note from the Middle Ages, modern day banners are still a great use of appliqué. (Im- age courtesy Debra Baker, Stitches by Baker) Below: This tablecloth required multiple hoopings, mak- ing the alignment difficult, and any errors evident. (Image courtesy Debra Baker, Stitches by Baker)

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