Thursday, November 30, 2006

MNO Challenge -- Woven Fabric Update

My second attempt at weaving two fat quarters went a bit better using a heavy duty water soluble stabiliser. It was a bit sticky on the bed of the sewing machine when I first started sewing through the layers, but that didn't last long. No gunk on the needle althrough there was a bit of fluff around the bobbin case. I'll have to remember to clean it out after using this water soluble stuff.

Here's a close-up of the front ...

And a close up of the back ...

When I dunked it into cold water it got slimy for a minute and then dissolved away cleanly. I squeezed it out in a towel to get rid of the extra water and hung it up to dry. After ironing, it was a bit scrunched up around some of the stitching but that added some nice texture to the finished fabric.

One lesson for next time: be sure to weave strips so that there aren't any gaps in the corners between the strips. I've got a couple but don't know if the wadding will migrate through or not.

If it does, I can always write a book with my new embellishment technique and going on the international lecture circuit.

3 comments:

Caitlin said...

which water soluble did you use, M?

MG Quilts said...

The heavy duty stuff that Punch with Judy sells, Dissovle 4x. Made for machine embroidery and really sturdy stuff. There are other water solubles out there but this one is the strongest I've used. Almost looks like a piece of plastic shower curtain.

Caitlin said...

Ahhhh, thanks! I must get some of that heavy duty stuff then.