Needle turned Applique - An amateurish attempt

After the white on black project was discontinued , I was wondering what to do with the piece of felt I had cut. I had three choices - to dump it back into the cupboard, use it for some other project or give it to my daughter who would gladly cut it into pieces and spread it around. I opted for option 2.

Since I had enough of embroidering on felt, I chose to applique it on cushion covers. The pink one was my first attempt. Hand applique looks easy,but isn't, especially needle turned method..phew!!

This method is called Needle turned applique because we use the needle to turn the fabric under.No fusible interfacing or freezer paper is used. The only time I have done applique is when I fixed the Brazilian embroidered Peacock on a cushion cover . That was simply done using herringbone stitches on the edges - no folding or turning .

Here is a close up. I've marked the major sore points. I didn't mark the minor ones - coz if I do that you'll see nothing but arrows in the pic..[big grin]
The stitches in applique should be invisible and the frayed edges of the fabric should go under. As a friend of mine said,it takes a while to get the hang of it. So, may be a few more attempts and I'll be good :)
Well,that's about it for now.
Before I sign off, here's a painting which I completed sometime back.

And here are my friends who make it a point to visit me quite regularly.

Love,luck and sunshine,


  1. u r an awesome painter!!! i love ur painting! it's beautiful! :)

  2. Yes, in India, everywhere they are fun monkeys! In Jaïpur, on the terrasses, 200 persons, ......and 200 monkeys! On the grasses, they were like clowns and acrobats. A veritable spectacle!!!
    Your needle turn is beautiful!

  3. This looks very good for a first try! (Much better than my first oen!) Maybe you can use a wooden toothpick to turn the edges under, it's what I use. I find it more easy than my needle.

  4. i had done a few of these appliques but did not know that they were called needle turned applique. Thanks! And what about your new friends? r they regular?

  5. I took a class with Yoko Saito (check google images if you wish) and it was the first appliqué I ever made.
    And the last ... but it was great fun, not easy, but it gave me great satisfaction.
    I love your painting, and the monkeys too.

  6. after a few attempts u will be a master of it.. Loved painting very much!! and monkeys.. no words!!!

  7. very nice beautiful work... but i don't know about this applique work!!!

  8. I also done this stitch before but I dont know this stitch is called needle turned applique,very nice attempt!!!

  9. Deepa... I think you did a fine job for your first attempt.... like anything else, it takes practice, but keep it up and in no time you will have it down perfectly! Great painting! And of course, as a wildlife rehabilitator, I loved seeing your monkey friends! Hugs.


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