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Broderie Perse

Historic appliqué technique is really a 21st century time-saver

With: Susan Dorchester
Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Historic appliqué technique is really a 21st century time-saver

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3 Lessons
Type: On-demand
Price: $32.00
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Tags: Applique, Motifs, Broderie Perse


This historic approach to applique is for both hand and machine applique. The Broderie Perse technique allows you to create elaborate applique designs without going through the tedious steps of forming each motif yourself. You choose a fabric that includes the designs you like and applique the entire motif in one piece. Cutting out different areas allows you to be the designer of your own wall quilt. Susan Dorchester includes instructions for hand applique with a blanket stitch and for machine applique with satin, zigzag, invisible, blanket and straight stitches. This class will not include instructions for needleturn applique. Students will construct a simple wall quilt using the Broderie Perse method. Hanging instructions and label ideas are included. Skill level: advanced beginner to intermediate.

Supplies Required for Workshop

Broderie perse was traditionally made with chintz fabric, which is printed on heavier cotton than quilting cottons and has a glazed finish.  It is expensive and must be dry cleaned.  Therefore, we suggest that you try your first project with good quality quilting cotton that has the right kind of print. 

There is a complete discussion of fabric and all the considerations for what is needed in Lesson One.  If you have a local quilt shop, you can wait until the class begins before you go shopping.  If you must order online, we provide a brief description of the fabric type required.

Fabric used in class sample shows the type of motifs and their spacing from each other




  • 1 yard printed fabric (estimate) The actual amount of fabric needed will depend on the size of the motifs (design elements such as flowers) and the number of times the motif is repeated on the chintz fabric.  Individual flowers and leaves should be about 1"-2" in size and have a variety of colors.  Asian theme quilting cotton would also be a good choice.
  • 5/8 yard for background of center block and border.  This will be the same fabric and must be a color that matches the background of your printed fabric.
  • 3/4 yard binding and accent trim fabric.  Find a solid that picks up one of the colors in your print and use the same fabric for the trim and accent. 
  • 1 yard backing fabric - any color, solid or print, as long as it will not show through the front.  This is a wall hanging, so you may want to purchase enough for a sleeve.

Cotton batting 1 yard - use a weight appropriate for a wall hanging.  If you plan to hand quilt, consider that when making your choice.


  • cotton thread to match background fabric
  • Optional: For invisible machine stitching: Mono Poly By Superior Threads or your favorite polyester monofilament thread

  • bobbin thread for machine stitching: Bottom Line by Superior Threads or your favorite bobbin thread  

General Supplies

  • small sharp pointed scissors
  • cutting mat and rotary cutter
  • pins 
    • short appliqué pins
    • long thin quilting pins
    • basting pins (optional)
  • 12" square ruler (optional)

  • 24" rotary ruler

  • 1 sheet tissue paper at least 18" square
  • iron and ironing board
  • seam sealant liquid like Fray Check, OR a fusible like Misty Fuse, Wonder Under or Steam-A-Seam2, OR a fabric glue like Roxanne’s Glue-Baste-It
  • 1 yard permanent fusible stabilizer, such as Pellon Easy Knit Fusible Tricot (EK130) or Pellon Heavy Weight Interfacing (931TD)
  • Teflon pressing sheet or parchment paper for use with fusibles

Other Supplies

  • For hand appliqué - size 10 or 11 sharp or straw needle
  • For machine sewing
    • size 70 needle for appliqué
    • size 80 needle for quilting
    • open toe embroidery foot
    • Optional: walking foot

Keeping the size of the quilt in mind, the amount of fabric needed will vary depending on how large the flowers and leaves are and how many are being used.  It may help to make a paper template that is 18" square and take it with you when you go shopping for fabric.  The template will help with the size of the motifs that will work best for this quilt.


Lesson One

  • History of broderie perse
  • broderie perse technique
  • Fabric selection
  • Supply guidelines
  • Motif preparation

Lesson Two

  • Background fabric preparation
  • Motif arrangement
  • Appliqué stitching
  • Accent trim
  • Borders and cornerstones

Lesson Three

  • Batting the sandwich for quilting
  • Quilting patterns
  • Decorative stitch border
  • Binding
  • Finishing touches
  • More quilt ideas

Student's projects