I love wool applique. To me it’s such a relaxing project. Just cut out the pieces and start tacking to the background. No turning anything under and you can take really big stitches and it’s okay if your stitches show. 🙂 And if you’re working with the good stuff (100% felted wool) it’s like sewing through butter.
Amy McClellan, the owner of American Quilting (the store where I work), is an amazing designer. Her creativity is limitless, I think. She has been designing wool applique patterns for the past six years. She started with these stocking patterns. At first there were only four options but people kept telling her they had bigger families and needed more options so she expanded to eight. I think these patterns are the all-time best seller at AQ. Then a couple of years ago she came out with a coordinating tree skirt. Gorgeous, I tell you.
Some of the projects even come in kits! (They’re not cheap because she only uses the really good, 100% wool, but they’re worth it if you want the variety of colors, all ready to start cutting.)
Also, I’m taking my girls to the Beehive Bazaar tonight. I love that thing. Not your typical craft fair – lots of funky, inspiring stuff!