Carrying on with more circles in our Colour Complements Circle Sampler, this pastel wool applique is something unique and different from what we’ve featured before. Our Circle Sampler project was inspired by Sue Spargo’s Toned Down Circle Sampler.  My friend Kathleen created a different version selecting her own stitches and ideas.  Hope you are enjoying the series!

The soft pastel colour choice and stitching reminds me of a sweet bowl of gummy worms! I love how the stitching gives the applique this whimsical 3-dimensional effect that draws your eyes in. Kathleen created a bit of balance with this design – while there were various stitching techniques used, she didn’t want it to look completely over-the-top, hence the use of softer colours.

Here’s how to stitch this Pastel Wool Applique

This applique starts with a 2-inch dark-aqua wool circle, though you’d hardly see it with all the stitching around and on top of it! The edge is surrounded by a beautiful spiral trellis stitched with size 5 Perle cotton in Colour #162. The inner border of this spiral is accented with Colonial knots using in size 5 Perle cotton.

Kathleen used a washer and incorporated a blanket stitch using Colour #162 in size 5 Perle cotton. If you look very closely, there is a yellow button right at the very centre of this washer.  Lastly, she  incorporated Drizzle stitches as a final touch, using Colour #182 which has been discontinued but you could try Colour #3 in size 5 Perle cotton.

While this wool circle is small, it’s one of our favourites today.  I love the trellis stitch but have yet to attempt it.  Thanks for sharing this Kathleen.

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