|Molas and base fabric|
I found these two wonderful molas at a flea market for $2 a piece! I made them into a pillow. The black striped fabric is a piece of nubby silk.
A mola is a form of applique needlework originated in South America. Layers of colored fabrics are basted together with a picture drawn on the top layer. Areas are cut out of the top layer, edges are folded under and stitched. Each time another layer is cut into a shape and stitched, the color fabric underneath is revealed. There is 6 layers of fabric in these molas and they are hand stitched. There is additional hand embroidery. These two little works of art did not deserve to be hidden away!
|Additional hand embroidered details|
|2-sided fabric for pillow back|
|Use a lint roller when stitching on black fabrics|
When using black fabrics, I like to have a lint roller handy because every piece of lint and string shows up.
|interfacing on back of silk|
My first step is to iron a piece of fusible interfacing to the back of my silk. This will stabilize the fabric for stitching.
|Dual Duty red thread|
|Stitch Saved on my Bernina|
Here is the stitch I will use to applique my molas to the silk. I have it saved in my favorites because I use it a lot.
|Position work on center of foot|
The next step is to stitch the molas to the silk. You can use the presser foot of your machine to guide the stitches along the edge of the mola.
Here is how the stitch looks. I stitched on the inside edge of the mola. It gives the mola a finished look as well as stitching it to the silk.