Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Memorie Cloth ~ Base...Wool and Stitching

Good Day To You…

so sorry for the delay in getting back here…sometimes life just gets in the way…I know you all can relate…

I am excited to get you going your Memorie Cloth…
I hope you are too!

Today I’ll show you how I go about preparing the backing and laying out the wool.

Decide on your finished size, adding a ½” to all sides for a seam allowance.
{example…my 8” x 13” piece will be a 7” x 12” pillow}
Cut one piece of your cotton and one piece of batting to your desired size.

You can baste these together about an 1/8th of inch from the edge, or use a temporary spray adhesive to keep them together.

Lay your image on top of the cotton and baste in place…

it doesn’t have to be centered…think about how you want to use your wools, and any other elements you may want to add.

Once your image is in place…start building your wool patches around it, making sure to cover your basting stitches…

Use pins to hold your wool in place. Once you have a look you like, trim away any wool that you have overlapped…leaving only about a 1/2” underneath.

Pin all the way around the outer edge.

When you are happy with the placement turn the whole piece over and trim away any excess wool.

Baste all the way around the outer edge of your cloth…close to the edge so that the basting stiches will be hidden in the seam allowance.

Because my favorite embroidery stitch to use is Feather Stitch…a very “open” stitch, I take the time to stitch all the blocks down with a small slip stitch to make sure the wool edge is secure.

I use a neutral cotton sewing thread…it will be covered by the embroidery stitches.

Now it’s time to find your threads for embroidery…I like to stitch with #12 or #8 pearl cotton, and embroidery floss…my favorites are hand-dyed Valdani pearl cotton and The Gentle Art embroidery threads…such wonderful colors to choose from!
I also recommend using a crewel tapestry needle, they have a sharp point that will stich thru all the layers easier than a blunt tip needle and are stronger than a regular sewing needle!

You will be stitching along the joins of your wool patches…choose whatever stitch you desire…
Have fun with your wool and stitch choices!!!

Next time…we’ll look at embellishing with applique and…???

Until then ~ L

PS…If you have questions…please ask!
Questions help us all learn…if you post your questions and comments below in the comment section, then everyone will benefit!


  1. Just wondering: I tried printing on fabric a couple of years ago, on an inkjet printer, but it was not colorfast. It ran, even though I heat set the back side. Is this type, does it require special ink either? Thanks for the tutorial, I love the look of it. The photo with the jars and green shelves, I just love that!

  2. Hi Annie, Thanks for leaving a comment! I know that there are many brands of printer fabric and the directions may vary with brand. I've used the June Tailor sheets for many years and only had a few issues with "red" bleeding during the setting process. To be truly colorfast the fabric needs to be heat set with an dry iron, then rinsed in cold water and heat set again. I iron first on the wrongside, flip and iron on the right side...that seems to keep the red ink in place!
    Hope you'll give it a try another time...thanks for visiting! ~L

  3. I might just have to try this. I love the crazy quilt look, but the fancy stitches scared me, lol. I will have to look for the booklet on stitches. Nothing more fun than learning something new. :-)

  4. Hi Michelle, I hope you will give it a try sometime! You can do any stitch you want...they don't need to be fussy and fancy...or it's a great way to learn some new ones and make it a sampler of stitches! There are loads of great stitch references online too. This one http://stitchschool.blogspot.com/ is linked above in my post and has many other stitches...I'm so glad I stumbled on to it!


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