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Old 06-14-2001, 12:05 AM   #9
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Originally posted by BeadedPony:
One of the keys to good applique work is to have a good foundation of material/backing to do your work on and make sure that it is held taut.
There's been good input here on this subject.
Applique as practiced by the Prairie & Missouri River people was a two needle process. Beads were strung on one thread and sewn down to the fabric, every two beads, with the other. The material the beads were applied to was frequently backed with old newspaper. If you look at the backside of the fine old work you'll see a beautiful pattern of fine stitches from the anchoring thread, almost to the point of it looking machine made. Beadworkers prepared little spindles of strung beads, a seperate spindle for each color they planned to use. As they beaded they simply unwound what was needed and stitched that to the fabric using a second needle. Again, they only stitched down two beads at a time producing absolutely flat work. Sometimes on close examination you'll see gaps between the bead rows or at the end of a row. These gaps were never filled in for when viewed as a whole, the eye (your preception) filled in the gap.
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