Embellished Image Motifs
Using fabric images, beads and
crinoline to create
By Suzanne Surfass
This month, I'm going to share a unique method for incorporating embellished image motifs into your projects by utilizing fabric images, crinoline and beads.
These motifs are relatively quick to finish, but you can make them as elaborate as you'd like after you attach them to your quilt block, pillow, clothing, bag, or other ultimate destination.
Creating your own images
While I have used computer-generated images created with BubbleJet Set and a printer, you can also use printed fabrics that have a special motif, smaller stenciled images on fabric, rubber-stamped images that have been colored or painted, or even iron-on transfer images.
Using BubbleJet Set
We start by printing an image onto fabric (cotton, silk, muslin, virtually any smooth natural fabric) using a product called BubbleJet Set, a product developed for use with ink-jet printers to create a permanent, colorfast image on fabric by running the treated fabric through an ink-jet printer after it has been ironed onto freezer paper and cut to size.
Just as there is more than one way to patch a block, not everyone uses BubbleJet Set exactly the same way. What follows are the basic procedures that I use for creating my permanent, colorfast images on fabric.
1. Start with an image.
Beading the Image
1. Fuse one side of a piece of crinoline. Remove paper backing and place fabric image right-side-up over crinoline. Fuse as directed for 5 seconds.
2. Decide how you'd like to frame your image ~ oval, circle, rectangle, square ~ and pencil your outline onto the fabric. (Illustration #1)
3. Sew your first row of beads onto the foundation. I place 3 beads at a time all the way around, although the illustration shows a two-bead method. (Illustration #2)
4. Now reinforce your outside outline by backtracking through the whole row of beads. (Illustration #3) The continuous thread will join all the beads and make for a smoother "set" to the beads.
5. You can leave your image with a simple outline (Illustration #4) or you may decide
another row of beads is appropriate, just set any additional row(s) close to the previous
one to prevent gaps. (Illustration #5)
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