Welcome, and thank-you for signing up for my applique needle-turn class, I’m really looking forward to meeting you and sharing my love for needle-turn applique. There are a few things that you need to prepare before the class, and this is a visual accompaniment to the requirements list you will have been provided with.
First trace the 5 butterflies onto your plastic sheets with your fine permanent pen. Trace the lines as they are on the pattern sheet, (but there is no need to draw dashed lines, just draw them all as solid lines). The dashed lines just indicate where one piece lies under another in the finished applique.
Next trace each separate applique element onto its own piece of freezer paper, (draw on the dull side, not the shiny side) and label it with the corresponding number, e.g. A1, A2.
Where there are a pair of matching, symmetrical pieces, draw an arrow to indicate which edge will lie closest to the centre of the butterfly. Cut the shapes out exactly on the lines, trying to make the smoothest cuts that you can.
With a hot, dry iron, press each freezer paper shape onto the right side of the corresponding scrap of fabric you would like to use for that applique piece. Make sure you leave at least ¼” of seam allowance around each applique piece (at least ½” between two applique pieces on the same fabric scrap).
Trace around the freezer paper with one of your marking pens. You are aiming for the clearest, crispest, finest line you can make. Choose the marker that creates the most contrast, e.g. on a cool coloured or light fabric use a bright red or pink frixion marker, on busy fabric use a dark pigma pen, on very dark fabric use a silver gel pen. DON’T CUT OUT YOUR APPLIQUE SHAPES YET, we will do that in class.
Leave your freezer paper templates adhered to your fabric, because it will make it easier to identify each piece, and slip your fabrics/freezer paper templates into plastic pockets or something similar to keep everything together. As you can see in the photo above, I have left my freezer paper templates on, but I have trimmed some of my pieces – but you don’t need to trim yours, you will learn in the class when to trim and when not to trim, before you start cutting.
Please bring everything you have prepared to class, along with your copy of the pattern, your cushion front, (cut to size) your matching threads, needles, all marking pens, pins, sharp fabric-cutting scissors, and small sharp-pointed scissors (for clipping into the seam allowance). If you need reading glasses for close work, don’t forget those either.