|Dog from the Book of Kells c. 800 C.E.|
Doing a simple image like the moon I only added fusible web to the gold felt. If I were doing the above dog from the Book of Kells, I would fuse my colors then add them of a gold or ivory background, embroider, then cut out something similar to the background and add that to it and embroider around.
Sailors Jupiter and Venus both made this mistake with oak leaves and hearts and their appliques took a little longer.
|Moon applique in progress|
I then blanket stitched around the moon in blue with whipped contrast of red. I was trying to make sure that I had as much contrast as possible. Our mid-level service award in the East is called a Silver Crescent and I didn't want anyone thinking I was implying a level to which I have not been formally recognized.
The Butt Bow: the pièce de résistance
I also patterned a large swirling ribbon butt bow out of red felt. Sadly, the images are on my iPad and not my phone so I only have an in progress shot of it being done at my desk.
|The inspiration sketch|
|Working at my desk, because I have a cat to feed|
I didn't want to do the blanket stitch on this portion, so I went back to the whipped stem stitch on the Mammen finds. Well. I hate stem stitch, but I do a mean back stitch, and if you whip that it looks very similar and it comes out GORGEOUS.
|Whipped Backstitch with special guest Hoity Toity|
Again, better pictures to come, as they are on the iPad.
This is how it came out:
|The finished back applique at EKU April 2015 in the Barony of Endewearde (Bangor, ME)|
I had many many compliments on it and my fellow Sailor Senshi were a vowing to add butt bows to their creations.