by Sandra | March 14th, 2012
Now that I have many of my leaves down for the Titmouse Block, I can show you the end result of not having the entire length of a branch extend underneath the top applique piece.
Here is the overall picture from the previous post showing the “breaking up” of the branch(es):
The “A” area will be covered up by the Titmouse bird and “B” is waiting for a rose to go down first so ignore those. However “C” and below is now covered with the appropriate leaves:
Do you see how there are no “ridges” disturbing the surface area of the leaves? If I had left the branches whole, you would see the distinct form of the branch going underneath the surface of the leaves.
This is the “C” leaf seen in the upper left just above.
It is an extra step, to break up the branches like I do, but I think it is a much cleaner look. There is no sense in going for a bit realism if I ruin it by creating artificial ridges that are not natural to the leaf.
On A Side Note
For those of who aren’t aware, these leaves are hand appliqued, not fused. Hand applique should not look like leaf “B”:
I am seeing way too much of this in big shows lately and it drives me to insanity. What did the fabric ever do that it has to be tortured so horribly?
Come see me sometime and I will help you fix this if you have never learned to stitch applique correctly. I am on a mission to eradicate the torture of innocent fabric. Think of it as, “Cruelty Free Applique”.
Back to the Titmouse Block….I need to show you something more enticing than this for color!