The Oriental Dragon Applique is a design available in 2 sizes. The design is easy to embroider and it looks great on garments.
On this page, you can read about how to make this applique and see the design on a shirt and a pair of jeans.
Step One: Hoop your base fabric (the fabric on which you are making the embroidery) with cut-away mesh stabilizer. Place a piece of applique fabric over the embroidery field inside the hoop. Note that the design is very large, that's why the applique fabric should cover the entire inside area of the hoop.
Thread the needle with embroidery thread. Start embroidering. The machine will embroider an outline of the dragon and stop.
Step Two: With a pair of sharp scissors cut away the excess fabric as close to the outline as possible.
Step Three: Return the hoop to the machine, and it will finish the raw edges. These stitches will be oversewn and covered later. However, we recommend to use a thread of a matching color.
Step Four: The next color will embroider the scales of the dragon. We recommend to use metallic threads for this. Don't forget to use a special metallic needle.
Step Five: The next color will finish the edges with the satin stitch and embroider some details of the dragon's head and figure. Choose a thread that matches your project.
When you use light fabrics for applique, stabilize them with "No-Show" mesh or similar stabilizers. The mesh is light-weight, soft and practically invisible, but will keep the shape of the embroidery.
To make the embroidery on jeans, we had to rip the inner seam so that we could hoop it. We did not stabilize the jeans, but we stabilized the applique fabric, which was fine polyester silk.
On the jeans, we used the design for the mega (8" x 12") hoop.
For this shirt, we used the smaller design, for an 8" x 10" hoop. In this case we stabilized the base fabric (the fabric of the shirt). The applique fabric was used without stabilizer.
We hope that you liked our ideas and will come up with many of your own.