Applique’s original idea seems to be to cut a shape from one fabric and stitch that fabric onto another fabric. However, it is actually more complex than ordinary embroidery. There are some things you need to consider such as sew or sew machine, what materials to use, how to prevent edges, etc. Suitable for small or large scale work, but not every material is suitable for each applique project. If you are planning for something that will require repeated washing such as table mats you should choose clothes that wash well, e.g. sunny. If you are planning something purely decorative such as a wide choice to choose a fabric that hangs on the wall.
Applique has two important stages. The first involves designing and transferring the fabric, the second being the applique. There are two approaches to designing for applique. The first way is to work directly with the material, cutting out the shapes, arranging and rearranging the shapes and stitching them onto the background by hand or machine without any planning.
Appliqué is widely used around the world as it is common in many cultures to decorate oneself and one’s surroundings. Different cultures have also developed their own style of style, e.g. The Qina Indians of the San Blas Islands, off the coast of Panama, have developed a style called mola kama. The designs used are often symbolic. Often, women play applause and have a social time.
Decorations, such as wall hangings, and altar cloth have also been used by various churches for religious attire. Often these objects have symbolic or ceremonial significance with symbols, such as the symbol representing the shining star that shines above the Mars of Baby Jesus, and the cross to represent Christianity. Other designs, such as spiral, are used only for decoration.