Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Fabulous felt-applique- before and after

I love felt -applique: it's quick and easy ,  and it has a naive charm all of it's own.
So when I came across a very down- and out small barstool  , I decided to go for some quick applique to cheer it up a bit.
Here is the "before " :

I looked in "The Vogue Sewing Book " (1970's) in which you can find all kind of vintage designs as inspiration and came up with this below .
The stool had a sunk- in seatpad, but I wanted to change this.So for the first phase of the make-over, I covered the sunk-in pad in linnen, as in here below.( Neat but boring...)

The back of the seat-pad I made like this:                                                   


Then I used the finished applique embroidery to upholster like this:  
                                                               and the top of the stool is now like this:

 I am pleased I saved the little barstool from life in the Siberia of my garage....and hope to do some more felt applique soon as it's really fun and enjoyable.No frayed edges for a start!!
Do you like felt applique ? Or is it too " folksy" for you ??
I look foward to your comments!!!


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Bea,

If I would find a stool like yours, that would definitely be an option. BUT I guess that our felines would quickly alter the appliqued flowers with their paws. Don't have experience with upholstery as we only have some viscose fabric in our veranda but that's off limits to the furry family members! For the rest we just have wood and leather and that works fine for us; never a problem.
But I love the springtime look you created for your stool! Compliments.

Have a nice week, remainder of the week + weekend that is...

Mariette's Back to Basics

Tina said...

Very cute. Good job and great choice for the seat cover! I have a bajillion projects that I need to work on...just need to make the time to do them!
Love your blog! You have a new follower!

Brenda Pruitt said...

I've always loved applique. Mine were mostly on quilts. But it was soothing handwork.

Unknown said...

This is darling! I love felt but have only appliqued a few things. I like working with the thicker, wool felts. Thank you so much for linking with air your laundry Friday!