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Category Other
Style Funky
Linnae on

What materials did you use? I saw an article about fabric beads and decided to try some to use as quilt embellishmenst. I used fabric, painted Lutrador, painted Tyvek, wire, metallic thread, rayon thread for the teal lace bead. I will add additional beads, decorative thread & yarns when I add them to quilts.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? These are simple to do -- just wrap various materials around dowels, chop sticks, pencils, knitting needles, etc. With the Tyvek & Lutrador, you can heat them with an embossing gun to embed metallic threads and distort the surface.

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gorgeous, I especially like the idea of them being made from fabric, I'm assuming this process preserves their shape? Do you think it would work to make a necklace?

09/25/2012 Flag

Thanks. You could make a necklace. I used a fusible backing on the fabric (as opposed to the Tyvek or Lutradu) and then just touched them with an iron while they were still on the dowel, etc. so they definitely hold their shape. The Lutradur could also be backed with fusible for stability -- I just applied glue. I did the thread lace on a water soluble stabilizer and then didn't completely rinse out the stabilizer so it would hold it's shape. Have fun!

09/25/2012 Flag

Thank you so much for your reply. You are my inspiration today.

01/26/2014 Flag