Applique is the name given to a term generally used to mean the addition of the one fabric to another fabric and stitching them in place. This technique has quite a practical origin having been devised to repair worn or holed fabrics with patches. It became more decorative when patches were cut into shapes and edged with fancy stitches. I love applique and create many of my drawings into applique art works. The photos below are a few of my older pieces including details of all three.