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A Brief History of Applique

I love the look of appliqué but must admit I don’t do much of it.  The technique of appliqué goes back as far as sewing does when people began using other bits of cloth to cover up holes in clothing items.  Appliqué  derives from the word appliquer which means to cover or put on.  Early appliqué was used to length the life of clothing and moved into artful techniques that can be seen in  blankets and quilts from numerous cultures from all over the world.

Many tribal cultures used appliqué for use in tents and dwellings.  The most stunning use I found was from late 18th century for Turkish royalty and high political leaders.  Here is a detail of the use of appliqué and embroidery for a tent (or mobile palace).  To learn more on Turkish appliqué, mobile palaces and architecture go to www.turkishculture.org.

Here is a delicate and beautiful design of vintage French Ribbonwork appliqué (date unknown) . For more beautiful vintage trimmings, silk ribbons and other items visit the Vintage Passementerie

Image from vintagepassementerie.com

And, here is a modern look at appliqué from Ann Champion’s Blog.

Image from www.annchampion.com

There you have an extremely brief look at appliqué,  we’ll come back to this topic again, it really is an amazing technique with a rich history.

If you’re interested in learning how to do appliqué yourself, check out the classes from The Quilting Company.

Hand Embroidery Stitching & Appliqué with Lynette Anderson

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Core Embroidery Skills: Appliqué Zip Pouch with Katie Bartz

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