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I went on a workshop last Sunday at my local patchwork/quilting/sewing shop "Sew Creative" in Wroxham.  It was on creating a new fabric from scraps.


We fused Bondaweb to a piece of backing fabric, and removed the paper backing.  I chose quite a strong terracotta colour, and didn't worry about butting the scraps up exactly as I was happy for it to show through.  Everyone else had a plain white backing and butted them up to hide the backing.


Then we covered it with a patchwork of scrap materials, lay greaseproof over it and fused them on.  Next we sprinkled Angelina and fused that on.  I had never come across this before, so the tutor showed me how it could be fused into a piece and shaped.  Fascinating!


We then used 550 spray (temporary adhesive) to affix pieces of organza over the Angelina layer, and finally we covered the whole thing with a sheet of organza to complete the 'sandwich'.


Then we did free motion machine embroidery to quilt it.  I had my first attempt at using metallic thread - it didn't work well, so I changed to a variegated Madeira thread and that worked really well.   This is how it looks from the back....



and this is the finished fabric from the front



I stopped there, but some of the others added hand embroidery and beads.  I felt mine was quite busy enough.  My scraps were quite a reasonable size but some of the others used bits only 1" across but it took a lot longer to fill.  The results were amazing!  There were six of us and they all came out completely different.  I took this picture with my mobile but it does not do them justice.



Here is a close up of mine - I used strips of purple and yellow organza diagonally across the blocks, and my top piece was gold.



So now I am looking for a bag pattern to fit my fabric!  It is only 13 1/2" by 21" if you have any suggestions I'm listening!  The tutor had used it for bags and book covers amongst other things, and I think it would make a glitzy clutch style evening bag!  


I will come back with a picture of whatever I make with it!

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Comment by Karen on November 23, 2012 at 4:33pm



Comment by Karen on November 23, 2012 at 1:03pm

Hi Susan - angelina fibres ressemble Angel Hair we used as a Christmas Tree Decoration.  I found a couple of YouTube clips and here is one of them -

Comment by Susan Ferriola on November 22, 2012 at 7:29pm

That is so cool! I can't wait to see what your bag looks like!

I love the diagonal strips you added. I am so tempted to try this! But like you, I have never heard of Angelina? Is it a powder?

Also Like you, I have never had good luck with metallic thread..I am too impatient and fast to use it properly. I go variegated every time!

I really do love your finished product! Thank you for sharing!

Comment by Kitty Jensen on November 21, 2012 at 10:08am

Very interesting and I love it. I am going to try and do some myself. You did a wonderful job on yours. Looks like lots of fun too. Thanks for sharing. I would like to see more.

Comment by Linette Combs on November 21, 2012 at 9:51am

Thanks Karen! I love new ideas on making different textures of fabric for handbags!

Comment by Kathryn Campbell on November 21, 2012 at 7:53am

I like this very much! Thank you for sharing.

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