Appliqué 1 - You've Just Begun

Introduction to Raw Edge Appliqué Using Paper-backed Fusible Web and Machine Stitching

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New to Appliqué?

Start right here - Today - with this Easy Appliqué class

There is a saying that goes something like this....

"Many things are easy - once you know how to do them!" ...

... and if you love the look of appliqué but have no idea where to begin, then this Introductory class is for you!

Learning any new technique can seem confusing until someone points you in a direction that gets you over that first 'hump' of not knowing where to start.

Raw Edge Fused Appliqué is an easy and accessible place to begin if you have never tried appliqué before, or previously used fusible web in your work

What you'll learn...

In this self-paced, video-based Introductory class you'll use paper-back fusible web to create a cute design, while learning exactly what 'Appliqué' is.

This course is designed for beginners in the technique of raw-edge fused appliqué.

I'll guide you through:

  • What you need to get started
  • Bonding and Fusing Appliqué
  • Different types of Fusible Web
  • How to use paper-backed Fusible Web
  • Machine stitching your appliqué with basic stitches available on every sewing machine
  • A full demonstration of the 'Papa Birdie' project

Who is this Course for?

This Course is perfect for you if...

  • You are keen to get started with Appliqué and want a 'Basics' class that teaches you one of the simplest methods available
  • You have no prior experience with Raw edge Appliqué using paper-backed fusible web
  • This Introductory class is suitable for total beginners
  • It provides a great launching platform for future applique projects using paper-backed fusible web

What you get...

Learn the basics of using paper-backed fusible web with Raw edge Appliqué:

9 lessons in easy-to-follow video format

'Papa Birdie' project design included

Downloadable PDF notes to print and keep forever

Online access to me, should you have a question or need assistance

Lifetime access to the class - watch and review as often as you like, from the comfort of your own home

100% Guarantee

What you need...

A domestic sewing machine and thread

Basic sewing supplies, fabric scraps and small pieces, and other items such as paper-backed fusible web and tearaway stabiliser

Full details are provided in the Course


My Goal!

You are taking a first step into the exciting world of Appliqué.

My Goal is to help you on your journey to creating wonderful quilts and artwork using a variety of Appliqué techniques.

Follow the series as they are released to build on your skills, step-by-step!

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What students say about Deborah's online courses...

'What a wonderful course, I'm so pleased that I subscribed. Thank you for sharing your expertise and making the lessons so accessible and easy to follow.' Ann. (Fabulous Fabric Landscapes)

'I've just been through the course, so I know what to expect, and find it clear and easy to follow. The Lifetime access is so useful, as like many others, I have to fit the course around other things, and had it been access for a set time, I'd have found it difficult to complete. As it is, I'll be able to relax and make the most of the time I have to create and stitch. Looking forward to beginning. Thanks, Deborah.' Alison (Fabulous Fabric Landscapes)

'Hi Deborah, I've really enjoyed watching this series of videos and can't wait to get started. Also looking forward to future courses - please add me to your e-mail notifications of these new courses. Thanks, Mary.' (Freestyle Machine Thread Sketching)

'This is one of the best on-line courses I've ever taken. The tone is just right, and everything seems to be covered, in an orderly and understandable manner. The downloads are excellent, and the lessons very straight-forward. Having listened and read through the whole course, I'm now ready to begin sewing, and am looking forward to also incorporating other fabric techniques I'm familiar with, such as dyeing and printing, into future work. Thank you, Deborah, for all the effort put in to making this course so very good.' Alison.(Fabulous Fabric Landscapes)

'Hello Deborah, I'm new to free motion quilting and so pleased I enrolled on your course. I have watched the whole course, and enjoyed every minute of it, with your very clear and pleasant teaching method before I venture into drawing and sewing my first picture. Kind Regards Val from the UK.' (Freestyle Machine Thread Sketching)

Your Instructor

Deborah Wirsu
Deborah Wirsu

Deborah Wirsu is an Australian Textile Artist who has created hundreds of pieces of thread sketched and machine embroidered art, patterns and quilts, plus dozens of demonstration videos, tutorials and courses on these subjects.

She has also published several books on various topics, which are available at in paperback and Kindle ebook formats :

Creative Thread Sketching: a Beginner's Guide

Appliqué Art Quilts Inspired by Stained Glass: a contemporary variation on stained glass quilt technique – without bias tape.

Art Quilt Finishing Essentials: How to Bind, Display, Label, Store, and Care for your Art Quilts.

Her Work...

With a love of freestyle stitching, she builds texture and detail on collaged, dyed and painted surfaces, creating art quilts, thread sketches and textile pieces.

She has given workshops, presentations and talks, exhibited and sold works online and in various countries, and been featured in Australian Quilters Companion magazine a number of times.

Her Business...

Deborah runs a successful online Arts Education business from her website [formerly]

In her 'spare time', Deborah is also a professional Musician - performing in orchestras and chamber music, and teaching viola and violin. Just in case this isn't enough, Deborah is also a published author and editor, and teaches English to ESL (English Second Language) students.

Deborah is involved in a number of community organisations in the Arts and Music fields, and loves to play opera!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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