May 12, 2010

I had a question from a reader.

I just started my first wool applique with wonder under and I had to move some of the pieces around after I had adhered them….do I cut a new wonder under and re-iron them or is there some thing else that would work better? Thank you for your help in this project!

I don’t work in wool myself, but my first impression is that pulling up a fused wool motif might stretch it. Kay Moore, who gave us a wonderful and comprehensive article about wool appliqué. reminds me that this very issue is why she doesn’t work with fusibles (along with wanting to keep her wool projects soft and pliable).

Kaye thinks that if the wool applique piece has not been distorted by pulling it off the background, then Bonnie can use it again, not trying to re-fuse it but simply pinning it to the background and stitching. If there is distortion, then Bonnie should start again with a new piece of wool. Bonnie, hope this helps!

Along about the same time I was looking into this question, I noticed a new book about wool appliqué: Penny Rugs: Sewing Wool Applique by Janice Sonnen.


Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


2 Responses to “Pulling up wool”

  1. Debbie St.Germain on May 14th, 2010 7:03 pm

    I work with wool and do not use any adhesive. For people who do, they usually use a dab of fabric glue to the middle section to keep it in place, and that way it doesn’t interfere with the sewing.


  2. Dorothy on May 15th, 2010 5:29 pm

    I have sewn a couple of quilts with wool and although I used fusible for the first one I now only use 1/4″wide fusible on stem and vines or a strip behind a large piece. A drop of Roxanne Glue Baste It works just as well or you can use a staple in the piece of wool when it wool on wool and not a cotton background. It comes out and doesn’t leave a mark. I love working with wool. It is so soft on the hands.