Joy Studio Applique Face

 

OK, you’ve asked, we’ve listened…

and we’re clearing up some of the mystery on, what is this, how do you make this, how difficult are these to create?!!

And answering a few other questions that have arose about the Joy Studio Makers Guides, large scale She Who Sews girls.

These are not panels but rather,

large scale raw edge fusible appliqué.

They are no more difficult than any fusible appliqué.

And, they make a GREAT addition to your sewing studio!! On the wall, pillow, tote, etc.!!

However, in case you were intimidated to try one, we are also showing you a step by step and video tutorial! Focus on both will be on the face.

As I’ve mentioned in past posts, Aunt Henri, mother/daughter team has created the majority of my show samples including the She Who Sews girls.

And as you also know if you’ve been following me, that I am a novice sewer.

So, here is my first attempt. I’m using the “Press On” Makers Guide.

First, using your Pieces Sheet to trace the eye and lip parts on your fusible product, paper side up. Be sure to mark those with the appropriate letters/numbers.

Cut apart and fuse/iron to the wrong side of your fabric according to the manufacture’s guidelines. I chose a few fabrics from my new collection delivering to shops next month, “Painters Palette” from Riley Blake Designs. They will give you several painterly textures that will further enhance your projects.

Next, Cut out each piece. Most important tip to remember when creating the face is be precise! In tracing, cutting and placing. To help you do this, one clever technique from Aunt Henri is to trace the face from the Placement Sheet using ordinary tracing paper. Tape this over your fused and trimmed face appliqué piece in order to achieve accuracy. That way you can easily lift, nudge, lift, nudge until you like, then press each individual face piece.She will be beautiful every time.

I am using the natural linen from Riley Blake Designs for my actual face appliqué base.

Once all of your face pieces are fused, you are ready to stitch!

Remember, I am new at the sewing part so I’m certain you can achieve a better satin stitch although, mine are not bad, right?

You can stitch or use fabric for your brows, btw.

Voila! If I can do this, anyone can by following these tips.

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Aunt Henri’s video tutorial!!

Watch for our pattern SALE during the Garden of Quilts event! September 12 – 14.

This will be a never before, one time, worthwhile offer, trust me.

While supplies last.

 

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Making Faces

In this post I wanted to show how you can break down the She Who Sews figures using the Maker’s Guides into three main sections, part one. Some of you have already tried the Press On corset portion in the Great Corset Challenge last summer however, in this post we are starting at the top!

The faces/heads!

The two fabric faces below were made by Aunt Henri using Riley Blake Basics earlier this year.

I decided to continue my watercolor paper version shown above. She still needs eye detail. The great thing about these large scale studio figures is that they are not limited to any specific craft medium. Mix ’em up and have fun, you’re the maker.

The pattern guides are actually much easier to tackle when broken down into the main sections,

Background,

Head,

Body.

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The single most important thing to remember about constructing the face is to follow the placement sheet accurately, especially the eyes just as you would follow any other applique pattern. That is key! Then you will achieve the specific Handmaids® girl of your choosing, every time!

Stitching the detail, is another lesson which I am still learning. However, it will be a cinch for all of you experienced sewers.

We are just getting ready to begin building a Machine Maid version using a new 2019 Halloween collection from Riley Blake Designs.

So, if you want to see this group in your local quilt shop next April, ask them about it now. It is currently available to the trade.

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We’ll be sharing some Quilt Market sneak peeks too so keep watching!!

Original canvas tote bag test, sewn by Ann Regal.

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No News is Good News

Oh my!

No news (in Oct. & Nov.) is good news?

That’s what they say and it’s true here too. Although, our news will have to keep until 2018!

We were busy as usual, with Quilt Market in October

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turkey in November.

And now, here we are in

D E C E M B E R!

I confess, Instagram and Facebook were the quick venues we relied on to share what we’ve been up to the last couple of months. I hope you were able to follow us there.

We presented our Seamstress Maker’s Guide applique as a modern farm girl quilt made by Aunt Henri from our new fabric collection, “Fowl Play”. And we had a lot of fun with this at a photo op at fall Quilt Market. I hope you will try one of these life sized She Who Sews applique girls for your studio. As you can see the possible fabric combinations are endless for your unique Handmaid.

I want to wish you a very

MERRY CHRISTMAS

from all of us at Joy Studio!

Maker’s Guide Fabric Kits

Just listed,

three of our She Who Sews girls

as fabric kits on Great Joy Studio at Etsy!

The kits include fabrics as shown on the Joy Studio Maker’s Guide covers.

Offered two ways, complete as pictured or figure fabric only and choose your own background fabrics.

Press On

Machinemaid

& Seamstress

The raw edge applique patterns are in quilt shops now so, ask at yours for

Joy Studio Maker’s Guide by J. Wecker Frisch & Ann Regal.

Or-

available on our shop page.

Applique, Available!

A T  L A S T !

Our Handmaids,

She Who Sews

girls are available in

A P P L I Q U E !

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in a BIG way.

First introduced at Fall Quilt Market 2016

three of my female figures were translated from the original art into appliqué by good friend Ann Regal.

My request to Ann was that they be life size, suitable for studio pieces and oh, what fun!

There seamed to be such great interest in these show stopping characters that we saw no other choice but to persevere with this unique product.

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An even greater pleasure to be able to offer the life size raw-edge appliqué patterns for the first time at the 2017 Spring Quilt Market right here in St Louis, our home town.

I believe, we are just getting started with these fun creative figures!

Take a look at what some of our design team created with the new patterns, some linen, our fabrics and some vintage items. Her corset still needs it’s buttons and bows.

Our Press On Handmaid (above) used our new fabric collection, Hatter’s Tea Party from Quilting Treasures.

The Seamstress (below) was made using linen and our She Sews Sea Shells fabrics with a vintage pair of gloves. It’s plain to see how different these girls can look by simply customizing the fabrics to the maker’s own specifications and taste. The possibilities and personalities are endless!

Machine Maid (below) was created using a variety of fabrics such as blue organza for her monocle, also She Who Sews, Draw Near and quilting B’s are among them.

Makers of the gorgeous projects featured here are,

Ann Regal, Regal & Co.

Victoria Naylor Passmore & Jesse Weber, Aunt Henri

Elizabeth Cecchittini, Dandelion Rose

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