Let’s talk a bit more about wool applique design today.

Last month I introduced you to the first wool applique circle which is part of a larger circle sampler project.   If you would like to follow the posts, please check in the right sidebar of the blog under categories – wool applique – circle sampler

If you recall, inspiration for this project is from Sue Spargo’s Toned Down Circle Sampler which she introduced in March of 2020.  This was also referred to as the 90/90 circle sampler. The circles were stunning and the needlework drew endless ideas. With spring in the air, we thought it would be a great idea to expand on her Circle Sampler Project using our own design.

My friend Kathleen has stitched and kindly agreed to share her version of Sue’s sampler using all original stitch combinations, colours and Colour Complements threads.   

Today we’ll be featuring the second circle in the circle sampler series. How is it designed?

The background circle measures approximately 2 inches in diameter featuring purple hand-dyed wool. It is accented with a long-tailed daisy stitch using size 8 Perle cotton, Colour #50.  A soft flower center was added using the turkey stitch technique. We wanted to draw attention to the middle of the bloom, and using our size 5 Perle cotton in Colour #61 was a perfect choice. The overall effect was simple but effective!

Here are more details about the circle sampler:

  • The sampler measures 14 ½ inches wide by 18 inches long – a fat quarter works!
  • Hand dyed wool for the background which is a light blue and a variety of colours for the circles
  • Circles measure 2 inches in diameter and flowers about 2 1/2 inches
  • Stitched using Colour Complements threads

If you are not familiar with any of the stitches, check out Sue Spargo’s Creative Stitching book. Perhaps you would like to join us and stitch along with our circle sampler! We have many more in our series, so be sure to stay tuned for the next circle. Thank you Kathleen.

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