This is recent experimentation with fusing my signature wandering fabric strips to black background. (sample size shown c. 6″)
While in the US recently I bought a brand of fusing /bonding material I hadn’t used before, partly because the veisoflex I’d been using didn’t seem to be anywhere around where I was. So I bought some Steam a Seam 2., its different, and I really like it. I haven’t done a lot of fusing in the past, but I did think it might be a way to go with the new smaller works I am doing. These smaller works I posted previously have been sewn, then fused to a backing before being sewn down onto the base fabric. One thing I thought was that strips of fabric fused down might be quicker than sewing inserted strips. Wrong – really, small strip by small strip it is a bit fiddly, or, if you back a piece of each fabric you’re going to use, even jsut 2″ x 10″, and cut pieces from that, then you have bits left which you need to keep using to get the best value from your materials, right? And I am pretty nifty with the sewn strips. So that’s one thing I have to work out.
Below is a pic of strips pieced, ie sewn, into background fabric (a section of pre-quilted “Ebb&Flow 15″ as it happens)
And this third pic is a side-by side comparison – sewn on the left, with fused on the right. The fused piece is a very flat looking surface by comparison. In a bed quilt there would be too much movement of the quilt for it to be a viable technique, it wouldn’t last. On the wall though, it would, and for some kind of background it could be just the thing; though, as I say, hardly ‘quicker.’ This afternoon I have fused sheer to plain as a substitute for stencilling some sand ripples – light ridges vs dark hollows – its very promising indeed and I have been doing some hand stitch over the top of that, and as quilters would say, ‘ the hand’ is fine. I had thought there might be a stickiness or resistance on the needle, but no. Pics of all that when it’s a bit further along.