by Karen Johnson
Why the Hand Appliqué Stitch? This is a lovely, traditional, portable and relaxing method, if you enjoy hand work. Do all the prep in advance and take baggies with you to hold your block and prepped pieces where ever you go. I recommend this for any of the Turned Edge Prep.
Thread? Needle size? There are as many opinions on hand appliqué needles as there are appliqué teachers! Some teachers recommend using betweens, because you have a very fine shaft, and tiny eye, and greater control. Personally, my hands are too big for betweens! My personal preference is Roxanne's Appliqué needles. Still others like using Gold Eye needles, for easier threading. Since this is such a personal preference, check out our full selection of needles. Thread? I love using silk thread for this hand work. It's 100 wt, so it's quite fine. I've also loved Madeira's Cotona 80 weight thread, but it's more difficult to find, and comes in limited colors.