So, here's the scientific approach I took today in an effort to avoid flubbing it up like a real turkey.
(Feel free to use this approach for any new challenge you might be facing.)
Applique Trials - Day 1 Procedures
I. Consult the internet.
- Read manufacturers' sites for applique products on-hand.
- Read blogs of people with actual sewing skills.
- Notice some people substitute used dryer sheets for more traditional materials.
- Remember that huge pile of laundry that needs to be done.
- Use giant brain power to conclude that traditional materials are superior, as they don't require doing that huge pile of laundry.
- Wrinkle brow a great deal. Scrunch face. Experience mind-burning confusion.
- Look for diplomas to reassure self about level of education and ability to think logically.
- Consider taking up drinking or using drugs to ease crushing pain of confusion.
- "Wonder Under"
- A sheet of something I bought at the fabric store. Has a paper side and a rough side. Supposed to be an adhesive when used with an iron.
- Freezer Paper
- You know, from the grocery store. Apparently, also used to adhere fabric to fabric when heated. Somehow.
- Scraps for trials
- Odds and ends of fabric I was saving because, "I'm sure I could use this for something!"
- This is the step where, if you're thinking clearly, you're not only learning something new, but you're also doing dry runs for your own crafting show. A lot of talking yourself through things takes place here, and now is as good a time as any to get cracking with the talking-it-through skills.
- My crafting show is going to be called Ok. Now. What? As in: "O.K. (focus) Now. (more focus and a deep breath) What??!!" (wrinkle, scrunch, mind-burn)
- Notice time passing. Stay calm. Patience is a virtue.
- Evening will have fallen by this time. Do not be discouraged by the poor quality photograph you take of your prototype.
- Be proud of learning something new today.
I learned that on the world wide web, everyone who does applique is a crazy genius of mind-frying proportions. If I really have figured this out, I'll post a blow-by-blow of how I did it, because I had a hard time finding instructions that didn't make my mind seize up. I'm just kinda slow when it comes to these things, so I promise to hold your hand through this like you've never had your hand held before. Unless it's insulting. In which case, I'd just ask that you not pity me.
Oh! I also learned that wishing the laundry was done does not make it so.