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Using WonderFil’s Eleganza thread to enhance wool applique


Yesterday on QUILTscial we experimented using Eleganza thread for Sashiko embroidery. I really enjoyed doing the Sashiko embroidery and can’t wait to do more.

Let’s look at using WonderFil’s Eleganza thread for wool applique, one of my favorite things.

Wool applique

I absolutely LOVE doing wool applique. I’ve designed and made many, many projects with wool many of which I have published as patterns or have been featured in magazines. I dyed my own wool and I made wool kits and items to sell in my Etsy shop. The only problem with wool is that it can be expensive to buy, so one of my favorite things to do is to applique wool onto cotton backgrounds as this makes the wool project a bit more economical.

Usually I do my wool applique with hand dyed embroidery floss, but I have used WonderFil threads before and found them to be just lovely for wool applique and embroidery. Check out these wool applique ornaments that I made using Razzle and Dazzle threads from WonderFil.

Picking a wool applique motif

Some of the Eleganza threads that WonderFil sent me were in cool colors that reminded me of winter. The teals, purple, blue and gray made me think of snowflakes, so I dug through my wools and found some pieces that I thought would work well with the threads. I used my Accuquilt Studio cutter to cut a snowflake shape out of teal and a large circle out of a blue/purple plaid.

I cut a rectangle of cream colored wool that was 10″ x 20″ and then folded it in half to make a 10″ square. I used 505 Spray to stick my shapes to this wool square. I use this spray all the time when I’m doing wool applique as it holds the shapes in place very well and doesn’t gum up your needle as you sew. For more information about using 505 Spray check out my Blog post where I make felted wool table runners.

I have a large button collection, so I found 12 purple buttons ranging in size from ½” to 1″ and arranged them in a circle around the applique shapes.


The wool applique shapes and buttons are arranged on the background
This photo shows how the wool applique shapes and buttons are arranged on the wool background


I then used my marker to mark an “x” where each of the buttons was placed so that I could remember where to sew them when all of my stitching was done.


Using a Frixion marker, mark an x for each button placement
Using an erasable marker, mark an x for each button placement.


I picked two of the Sue Spargo Eleganza threads to use for my project. The colors in these threads are just beautiful!!


The Sue Spargo Eleganza thread looks like it will be beautiful with the buttons and wool
The Sue Spargo Eleganza thread looks like it will be beautiful with the buttons and wool


Eleganza Hints & Tips

WonderFil’s website has so much great information! For all of their threads there are Hints & Tips charts available such as this one for their Eleganza thread:

Embroidery stitches

I got to stitching by first securing my snowflake with a running stitch down the middle of all of the parts. Next I used a blanket stitch to secure the circle to the wool background.

I sewed all of the buttons to the background using the marks that I had made as a placement guide.

Next came my embellishments using french knots in between each button and the circle and some lazy daisy stitches on the opposite side of each button.


Closeup of the embroidery stitches and wool applique using the Eleganza threads
Closeup of the embroidery stitches



Stitching diagrams for the four stitches used in the wool applique sample
Stitching diagrams


Now that the wool applique and embroidery is finished, this piece and the Sashiko sample are ready to sew into snap bags.

Join me tomorrow as I show a fun technique involving lengths of metal tape measure to make a bag that snaps closed. For now though, I’ve really enjoyed using WonderFil’s Eleganza thread for wool applique and I can’t wait to stitch up a couple of the Sue Spargo patterns that I purchased at quilt market – the other Eleganza threads look like they’ll be perfect for them!


Sue Spargo patterns to use with the rest of the Eleganza Thread
Sue Spargo patterns to use with the rest of the Eleganza Thread

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3:  Using Eleganza thread for Sashiko embroidery

Go to part 5: 2 easy ways to make an embroidered snap bag


I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website


  1. Liz

    Tks for the info on this thread.

    • You’re welcome – glad you found it informative!

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