I got to do something fun this week - something I generally don’t take the time to do, but I think I should more often. I learned a new craft from someone, in person, at a class at My Quilting Loft! I usually teach there, so it was pretty thrilling to get to be a student for a change.
The class was Wood Applique, and it was taught by Debbie Busby of Wooden Spool Designs. We made this adorable little wagon. (This is Debbie’s perfectly stitched example)
I’ve done applique and embroidery, but it’s a little different with wool. The edges don’t really fray much, so you leave them raw, which is something I’ve only tried with felt. It’s kind of life changing.
It was also fun for me to get to interact with other people as a fellow student. Debbie was a great teacher, and I also learned a few tips from others sitting near me who already had some experience with the technique.
We started from scratch in the class, which I loved. Having never done it before it was nice to walk through everything.
That meant I didn’t quite finish before it was time to go, but I was able to get it done that evening and the next day (since I couldn’t put it down!). I was tempted to sew the binding down with my sewing machine, but I kinda love that this whole project is hand sewn.
I won’t say I’m entirely happy with my stitches, and I was tempted to take some of them out and redo it, but for a first try I feel okay about it. I do like it enough that I’m going to display it in my house!
I have to share a funny story with you. I didn’t realize until the day after the class that I already owned one of Debbie’s patterns. I bought this when I was in the Bend area for the Sister’s Quilt Show.
When I bought it, my husband and I had a whole discussion about the fact that one of the cars is a UPS truck. We thought it was nice it had been included.
When Debbie and I were talking yesterday, she shared the fact that her husband recently retired from UPS. Now I understand the pattern. But the funny part: Debbie’s husband was MY UPS driver!!!
I knew when I came home from class that I wanted to try another wool applique project, now I know exactly what it will be!