At the end of summer I gave everyone a sneak peek at an applique block I had just finished. My plan was to enlarge the pattern 300% and make a Halloween banner. ((Sigh)) THAT never came to past... so many other projects we are in the middle of, but I am delighted to share the pattern with you now, and hope that some of you will find awesome ways to use it! BTW... we ALWAYS love to hear and/or see how you've used our creations ;)
As always, our Black Cat Applique Block was designed to fit our 6" block, but it can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs.
The Black Cat pattern can be found HERE.
The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.
The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.
The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE. Note: The Woven Star used for the stars can be found HERE.
orange - (cheeks and medium flower petals)
purple - (block)
yellow - (large and small flower petals, eyes and ground)
green - (leaves)
black - (cat)
DIRECTIONS - Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.
Make a copy of the pattern.
Cut out felt using material list above and transfer any embroidery markings. Note: when cutting out flowers, do not cut perfect circles. The flowers are meant to be slightly askew. Refer to photo.
Using a blanket stitch on the top and a running stitch along the 2 sides and bottom, sew ground to block using 3 strands of yellow floss.
Using a running stitch, sew cat to block using 2 strands black floss.
Using a running stitch, sew nose to cat using 2 strands purple floss.
Using a running stitch, sew cheeks to cat using 2 strands orange floss.
Using a running stitch, sew eyes to cat using 2 strands yellow floss.
Using a stain stitch for irises, a stem stitch for mouth, and French knots for freckles, add face detail using 6 strands black floss.
Using a straight stitch for eyebrows and a stem stitch for whiskers, add face detail using 6 strands yellow floss.
Using a blanket stitch, sew large and medium flower petals to block using 3 strands black floss.
Using a straight stitch, sew small flower petals to medium flower petals using 6 strands black floss. Note: The outside of the circles are not sewn down. The stitching should just overlap the inner circle. Make 6 straight stitches. These stitches do not need to be evenly spaced. They should be slightly askew. Refer to photo.
Using a running stitch, sew leaves to block using 2 strands green floss.
Using a stem stitch, embroider stems using 6 strands green floss.
Using a stem stitch, embroider leaf detail using 6 strands black floss.
Using a woven star, embroider stars using 6 strands black floss.
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