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!