from Rebekah's workroom

a blog about creativity, design, and wool appliqué

Rebekah’s Stitching Essentials: The Six Must-Haves for Wool Appliqué Projects

There are some tools that I simply cannot do without when stitching wool appliqué. Today I’ll share with you what supplies I love and why! Whether you are a seasoned stitcher or just starting out, these supplies are always an asset to your sewing basket. You can purchase my Stitching Essentials online at www.rebekahlsmith.com/shop. Needles: Chenille #24 These needles have a larger eye, which makes it easier to thread. I love the sharp, compact shape. The needle gets through multiple layers of wool but still allows me to make small, neat stitches. Thread: DMC #841, #869, & #3371 When I first began appliqué, I used a variety of thread colors. As I worked and designed, I found myself only reall

Rebekah’s Stitching Essentials: The Six Must-Haves for Wool Appliqué Projects

There are some tools that I simply cannot do without when stitching wool appliqué. Today I’ll share with you what supplies I love and why! Whether you are a seasoned stitcher or just starting out, these supplies are always an asset to your sewing basket. You can purchase my Stitching Essentials online at www.rebekahlsmith.com/shop. Needles: Chenille #24 These needles have a larger eye, which makes it easier to thread. I love the sharp, compact shape. The needle gets through multiple layers of wool but still allows me to make small, neat stitches. Thread: DMC #341, #869, & #3371 When I first began appliqué, I used a variety of thread colors. As I worked and designed, I found myself only re

Not everything is a pattern...here's why

We have had many people ask about this wooly. Inspired by the place Rebekah lives, this piece has more of herself and her surroundings in it than most pieces. Each leaf, a native species to Northeastern Ohio, contains native species of flowers, birds, and mammals. The motifs were carefully chosen to bring little pieces of the outside world into Rebekah’s home. It is an unusually large and highly detailed wool appliqué. Sometimes a piece comes out better than you expect, and so it was for Rebekah with this wooly. The hand-dyed colors and stitched details give it a life beyond simply depicting nature. It is, in my opinion, one of her masterpieces. It combines a sense of place, a love for natur

Not everything is a pattern...here's why

It's Kelsey writing to you today, giving you a peek into my artistic process. Enjoy! We have had many people ask about this wooly. Inspired by the place Rebekah lives, this piece has more of herself and her surroundings in it than most pieces. Each leaf, a native species to Northeastern Ohio, contains native species of flowers, birds, and mammals. The motifs were carefully chosen to bring little pieces of the outside world into Rebekah’s home. It is an unusually large and highly detailed wool appliqué. Sometimes a piece comes out better than you expect, and so it was for Rebekah with this wooly. The hand-dyed colors and stitched details give it a life beyond simply depicting nature. It is, i

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