...besides the fact that pattern play applique rhymes, ha, I have been asking myself what if I do a variation on the embroidered magic feather and try it in applique. Playing with fussy cut sections of prints, manipulating pattern sections into the cutouts to use them as feathers.
Here, flannel, linen and cotton on indigo dyed silk velvet.
I like the way applique works on velvet, sinks in and becomes part of the cloth, not raised up like flat on flat applique.
The fabric, velvet, always seems to be in motion, so it is a bit tricky to place a motif exactly where you want it. And care must be taken to make sure the needle catches the back of the fabric...
The feathers themselves have been applied using turned applique and the shaft added afterwards using a back stitch.