This is the start of a new series, the A-Z of crafts, will probably aim to do a couple a week. I may get stuck on some letters but we'll have to see how we go.
In its broadest sense an applique is a small ornament or device applied to another surface. The term is borrowed from the French and means "applied" or thing that has been applied". Applique was first 'discovered' when clothes ripped and needed fixing so they used to sew over the top of the rip patches of different material.
In the context of sewing applique refers to a needlework technique in which pieces of fabric, embroidery, or other materials are sewn onto another piece of fabric to create designs, patterns or pictures.
Here are some great examples of Applique work from some members of the BrisStyle team: