Simple and happy, our Folk Art Dog Applique will surely feel at home no matter where you choose to sew him!
Nine years ago when we began blogging the first order of business was to come up with a name. Many names were thrown around and away! Finally, Michelle called me quite excitedly. “Mom, I’ve got it. How about Wee Folk Art?” I knew at once it was perfect. First, it spoke of “wee folk” which we love… both the fantasy creatures and the wee human variety. Second, Michelle and I are both passionate about “folk art”. Most of the decorations in our homes are folk art or primitive. Wee Folk and Folk Art seemed like such a natural coupling, that the name spoke to both of us, and here we are nine years later, still delighted with the choice!
Although many of our appliques are folk art designs, when a reader asked for a couple of household pet appliques, I decided to make them VERY traditional folk art. Not only do they have a flat, 2-dimensional feel, folk artists often are quite whimsical and make both fronts and sides of things visible at the same time, in much the way children do! Simple, uncomplicated, and inexplicably charming. This simple dog is the first of four in our Folk Art Household Pets Applique Collection. Watch for a cat, bird and fish! Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them.
The Folk Art Dog Applique was made to fit on a 6″ x 6″ block but can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. Enjoy!
DIRECTIONS FOR THE FOLK ART DOG APPLIQUE
Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements, cutting instructions and embroidery stitches.
Make a copy of the pattern.
Cut out felt using the photo and pattern. Transfer any embroidery markings.
Stitch dog to block using a running stitch with 2 strands of floss.
Using a running stitch with 2 strands of floss, sew on scarf and ties.
Sew on eyes using a running stitch and 2 strands of floss.
Add the center of the eyes using a French knot with 6 strands of floss.
Add nose using a running stitch with 2 strands of floss.
Using a stem stitch with 6 strands of floss, add the swirls and the mouth.
Add French knots to the body and scarf using French knots with 6 strands of floss.