So this is the basting glue I was talking about. I found it at my LQS (which is within walking distance of my house but I don't really go into much as it has an unfriendly, judgemental vibe).
Made by Roxanne and called Glue-Baste-It.
It's water soluable, pH neutral and dries clear. It's meant to literally baste something. This is not a glue, but rather a liquid pin. It comes with two tips - one about 2" long and one about 1" long.
I positioned my first applique piece on the wool base and let it dry. Amazing - it holds nicely without rigidity.
I started my sad applique stitches.
I know better than to think that my first hand-applique project would look flawless, so I just did what I know, which is to say that I stitched the best I could and hoped for the best.
Here's the first piece all stitched up. Not terrible, but not great.
I peeled off the freezer paper.
And this is how it looked. Again, not terrible, but not too bad.
Then I positioned the other two pieces and glue-basted them to the wool. I'm currently stitching these pieces as I find the time.
So, my lovlies, what did I learn?
That a small bottle of glue-baste costs about $9.
Glue-basting something is super-easy and super-fast.
My handstitching is sad, which deep down I already knew.
That this little zippered pouch will take me awhile to complete.