So I realized that I was supposed to scrap with Joy-- not swap. I'm a very scrappy person-- I'm surprised I didn't jump at that opportunity. But since I did not scrap (nor did I tag 5 friends-- I stink at chains...) I'm making her another kind of scrap here. I saw this amazing book a while ago, and I've been fascinated with the idea of reverse applique ever since. I really wanted to do something with these nice (and well-priced!) organic cottons I found, and the idea of this kind of applique just lent itself to working with organics. It's all cool and hippie chick (like you know I want to be.)
Natalie Chanin works with jersey knits, which I'm interested in, as well. I am starting to yen for a serger. Just a tiny bit. But I'm still mildly to moderately terrified by all that thread. We'll see. So I'm using cottons, and I expect it to fray artfully as it gets washed.
This was supposed to look like a peony. It does not. I've got an idea to do a smaller-scale applique that is more recognizable next time. But then I get all funny about the fact that sewing for summer really should be finished, and this weight of fabric really lends itself to summer. So I'm kind of torn. I think I'll put it up in the Etsy and see if anybody responds. Maybe. But anyway, about the technique. It was utterly soothing and relaxing to sit and stitch with my hands, rather than the machine. I love the visable hand of the construction here, and I love the loose, slightly untidy feel of the design. I've been meaning to make up this skirt for myself in this fabric-- I can totally see some of these stencil-like flowers being cut away and backed with these amazing chocolate and ruby colored upholstery-grade linen scraps I have squirreled away. I've never sewed for myself, though.... what'cha think? Should I go for it?