Once the appliqué is down, I illustrate the image.
I call it ‘Drapplique’ (Drawing and Appliqué)
I’ve always wanted to change and add to my appliqué.
This is a really old quilt, but it gives you an idea of a different form of Drapplique.
I’ve begun the illustration by using a black pigment ink pen to outline the features of the garments. I’ve drawn the texture on the baskets, the big sack and the scarves. even the white on the purple dress is drawn on.
I use a .5 black pigment ink pen. In reality its a pen made for illustrating and drawing, not necessarily for fabrics, but it is pigment ink and permanent. The end is round and it works well on the waft and weft of fabric. Some of the pigment pens we’ve used in the past as quilters has a square tip and it gets caught in the fabric. You can buy these in England, Europe and Australia, in the USA you can buy a zig pen.
The other pens I use are Fabrico, by Tsukineko. They have a brush one end and a point on the other. They are also pigment ink, permanent and are used on ally quilts.
This is what the quilt looks like when illustrated. The potatoes, the bananas, the shadows, and sometimes the pattern on their garments. Now you can see the images have dimension.
I used the sweet 16 for the first time on this quilt. The quilt was sandwiched and I quilt and appliqué at the same time, as you can see I used the same color thread as the fabric and stitched right on the very edge of the appliqué piece.
I changed the thread in the bobbin each time I changed the thread on the top of the quilt.
If I use my Janome, I use an open toed free motion foot and I leave the feed dogs up. I use a 70/10 sharp microtex or sharp needle.