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  • There is nothing nicer than snuggling up next to a fire in winter, but when you don't have a fireplace why not sew a fireplace wall hanging. We wanted to have something different in the window for Christmas and hence the fire idea formed. This months blog describe how we appliqued this wall hanging together.





    1. After a quick sketch, I started rumaging around in the scrap fabric that we have in the shop. I needed a background that looked like a wallpaper and we had a piece of soft furnishing fabric from Laura Ashley that looked like a nice floral paper.

    2. Next I needed something for the fireplace and I turned to some faux suede soft furnishing fabric for the brickwork. The background fabric was a handy length of around 2m and I used the full width of 1m40.  For all the other shapes of the panel, I placed the fabric on the background and then cut to size by eye rather than tape measure.  

    Background, fireplace and brickwork placement.3. I accentuated the brickwork with a 5mm silver grey ribbon which was sewn with a decorative stitch to add texture. The machine used for this project was the Janome Atelier 5, one of thier semi long arm machines. I choose this to assist in the maneovering of th fabric whilst sewing.

    As I was sewing through several layers, of differnt fabrics and thickness, the walking foot was essential to stop everything from slipping and moving whilst sewing.


    The decorative stitch used was a brick stitch which has a straight stich on each side. (mode 2, no 18 stitch on the Atelier 5).






    4. Once the brickwork was stitched down, the fireplace was appliqued using a zig zag satin stitch with a 3mm width. I cut and added the mantle, but used the reverse of the faux suede, which was darker, so there was a slight difference between fireplace and mantle.

    5.  Now for the fire itself - first the hearth, which was a piece of crinkle red shot satin sewn right side down. This gives subtle very dark burgandy colour for the flames to stand out on.

    6. The flames were made with wool roving felted together. I did use the Janome Embellisher 725 to felt the colours together, however this could be hand felted. Again to create texture and depth, I incorporated some gold twinkle organza.



    7. Candlesticks for the mantle, drew out a rough pattern and then cut some yellow cotton and the twinkle gold organza to get a brass look colour and effect. Using the same satin stitch settings as before appliqued them down. The flames were free motion embroidered.


    8. Now for the finishing touch, the picture of the family dog Buddy.  I took a photo of Buddy and in a graphics programe removed the back ground, then printed onto plain calico fabric using an ink jet printer using the Freezer paper method. This is a technique I found on the internet and there are loads of blogs and you tube videos, all of which have different tips and techniques. Depending on type pf printer or ink used will give different result, and you may need to pretreat to make the fabric waterproof. But check out several blogs and videos. I've included a  link to one of the blogs if you want to get an idea. https://thegraphicsfairy.com/print-fabric-freezer-paper-method-2/

    Before  framing Buddy with a burgandy fabric, I free motion quilted round him to make him stand out and then picture was just topstitched onto the fabric with a straight stitch.

    10. After binding the edge, the only thing left to do is trim the fireplace with Christmas decorations which had to be gold tinsel as that has been a tradition in shop since we opened in 1963. Of course it would not be complete without a Christmas.

    If you woud like to see it person, then the fireplace in hanging in our Christmas window. I must confess I had great fun making this project.

    Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here in the shop.



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