Rooster and Hen
Hand piecing and appliqué
Finished picture measures 8 x 8½ inches


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This charming piece of textile art features a proud rooster crowing at the crack of dawn and his slightly disapproving hen.

My appliqué chickens were made using my free machine drawing method (see sewing tips section for a tutorial), but my designs are suitable for most forms of appliqué. The paper pattern is available to purchase in my shop and has clear, detailed instructions, full size appliqué templates and a drawing of a traditional feather spray for you to trace and quilt.

I used a discharge paste (bleach may work also) to make the ‘sun’ which was great fun to do. However, if you don’t fancy doing all that you could always appliqué or just seed stitch a sun in a pale thread. I also tea dyed some calico (muslin) for the borders which again adds another fun dimension to the creative process.

‘Rooster and Hen’ is a delightful little project which can be used in many ways: frame it or place it in the centre of a medallion quilt or sew it onto a cushion… the choice is yours.

All images and designs © Janet Clare 2007-2008