Monday, 28 November 2011

Fusing Fabric Workshop

On the 26th November, Margaret Beal came to lead a workshop for 12 members of the Guild. She demonstrated how to cut felt and polyester organza with a soldering iron. First, we stitched leaves and abstract shapes with free machine embroidery, and cut the excess organza away from the edges of the stitched shapes:
Margaret Beal  Fusing Fabric 2 Workshop 27-Nov-11 (35)


We then layered organza, free machined into it, and carefully removed the top layer in sections to reveal the organza underneath:


Margaret Beal  Fusing Fabric 2 Workshop 27-Nov-11 (22)
Some beautiful effects were achieved by building up layers of snippets of organza, and then working into these with stitch and the soldering iron:
Margaret Beal  Fusing Fabric 2 Workshop 27-Nov-11 (33)


The members produced lots of great work over the day, and I certainly feel inspired to take this further:
 


Margaret brought many beautiful samples of her work to share with us, and these were invaluable to help us understand the techniques she shared:





All in all, we had a great day, and are looking forward to next year's workshops. 


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