History of Crafting.
It is a design technique that adds a
decorative design to background
fabric. The term comes from the
French word appliquer and the
Latin word applicare that means
to attach or join. Back in the day
applique was used more for
prolonging an items life
than decorating it. As time has
moved on, the interest in applique
developed into a more creative art
To applique, one lays pieces of fabric
on top of the background fabric to
create a pattern or picture.
The ancient Egyptians used applique
on on their clothing and household
In the Middle Ages, applique would be
found on banners and ceremonial
During the 18th-19th centuries, applique
was found festival costumes and ethnic
In the 20th century, the Irish dance
costume was relatively unadorned in the
50's but became a costume that was heavily
adorned garment by the end of the century.
The poodle skirt of the mid 50's, was a felt
circle skirt with a poodle or another design
appliqued on the bottom edge as we are
In the 60's, the flower children decorated
their garments with appliques.
Today we see applique on clothing, home
décor, costumes and much more.
Many fashion designers use applique on
their designs. Bob Mackie and Gianni
Versace are two familiar ones.
Applique can be done by hand or on a
I could go on but want to keep these
short and to the point.
B is up tomorrow, come back by.
~Keep on Dreaming~