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Hand Applique



The technique of applique has been around for almost 2500 years.  The word applique comes from the French meaning "applied, fastened to as a decorative feature, as a sconce, applied to a surface". Applique began as a practical way to mend holes in tents, blankets, and clothing.  Examples date back to the ancient Egyptians and Middle Ages.  The process was used to strengthen worn fabrics, patch holes, and add decorative flair to banners and ceremonial costumes.  Modern day, applique is essentially the technique of sewing or fusing fabric pieces or patches of different shapes and patterns to make a  larger piece or form a picture or pattern.  There are many ways to applique - hand (including needle turn, freezer paper, outline on wrong side and iron under), Raw Edge Fused and Machine Applique (fused to a background with a decorative machine stitch applied around the edge of the shape.  

In the class, you will learn from our one newest instructors, Nancy Hansen, how to hand applique.  She will show you the technique for you to practice and make your own creations.  You will be making an Under the Sea creation with a clown fish appliqué!  Create incredible marine inspired quilts and adorned garments using this design while learning about the foundations of applique.  What better than to learn the technique & apply and re-use with our exclusively provided template?  You will not be disappointed!

Please bring your own:

- Basic sewing tools:  scissors, pins, seam ripper, good quality thread and hand needles needles etc.)


Minimum Class Size
:  We reserve the right to cancel class if there is less than two students signed up for the class.  We will let you know 24 hours in advance if we do not have enough students and will give you an opportunity to sign up for an alternative class.  This class is for intended for 18 years or older; please contact the shop if you'd like an exception. 

You may cancel class up to 24 hrs in advance of your class start time; after which you will forfeit your class fee unless we can fill your spot from the waiting list, or you can send a friend.  We appreciate your understanding on this - as a small business, we are fortunate enough to have only the best instructors and they need to be paid! All cancellations must be received in writing, info@santacruzvacnsew.com.  Sorry, no exceptions.


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Instructor: Nancy Hanson
Instructor Bio: Nancy has 40+ years quilting experience with techniques such as English Paper Piecing, Hand Applique, Fused Raw Edge Applique and Wools. She is the past President of Pajaro Valley Quilt Association and has taught quilting for many years in both England & California.
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Price includes class fee and clown fish template.

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