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Dutch Blooms

For a project on the go, take along this folk art-inspired embroidered wool mat. It makes a perfect stitch sampler, too.

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Cut the Fabrics

To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the order that follows. Click on "Download this Project" for pattern pieces. To felt wool, machine-wash it in a hot-water-wash, cool-rinse cycle with a small amount of detergent; machine-dry it on high heat and steam-press. To use freezer paper for cutting the appliqué shapes, complete the following steps.

 

1.    Lay freezer paper, shiny side down, over the patterns. With a pencil, trace each pattern the number of times indicated. Cut out the freezer-paper shapes about 1⁄4" from the drawn lines.

2.    Using a hot, dry iron, press the freezer-paper shapes, shiny side down, onto the right sides of the designated fabrics; let cool. Cut out the fabric shapes on the drawn lines. Peel off the freezer paper.

 

From green wool, cut:

•    1—3-1⁄4 ×8-1⁄2" rectangle for foundation

•    1 of Pattern A

•    1 of Pattern F

From blue wool, cut:

•    1—8-1⁄2" square for foundation

•    2 of Pattern C

•    8 of Pattern N

From yellow wool, cut:

•    1 each of patterns B and K

•    6 of Pattern N

From pink wool, cut:

•    1 of Pattern E

•    4 of Pattern M

•    11 of Pattern L

•    7 of Pattern N

From red wool, cut:

•    1 each of patterns G and M

•    7 of Pattern L

•    9 of Pattern N

From white wool scraps, cut:

•    1 each of patterns H, I, and J

From light blue wool scrap, cut:

•    2 of Pattern D

From purple wool scrap, cut:

•    1 of Pattern N

From blue print, cut:

•    2—2-1⁄2 ×22" binding strips

•    1—8-1⁄2 ×11-1⁄4" rectangle for backing

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