When hand stitching,
it is important to line the back of your fabric with a stabilizing product.
This also helps keep thread from showing through to the front.
Most people use lightweight fusible interfacing.
It is inexpensive, easy to use, and does not add bulk.
Here is a photo of some stitching done with fusible interfacing:
The interfacing is the white fabric on the top layer in the photo;
this particular piece has broadcloth for the stitched fabric.
(I will be compare different types of fabric to stitch on another day this week.)
When I received the Vignette magazine in the mail,
I was surprised to find out that the author uses a very thin fusible batting
for her stitching. So, I went on a search for some.
(One thing to note--Timtex or Fast2Fuse products are too stiff.
They are best saved for fabric bowls, boxes and such.)
I want to run to the city sometime and see if I can find something a bit more thin,
but for now I did find this somewhat thin Pellon fusible batting.
Can you tell the difference in the product from the two photos?
After using them, I for the most part LOVE the batting as opposed to interfacing.
The interfacing tends to shrink and wrinkle under the heat of the iron.
The batting...NO wrinkling at all.
That is a big bonus in my book!
Here is a front comparison of the two blocks before ironing.
Very very wrinkled
No wrinkles at all.
(Yes some is the difference in fabric but most is the difference in stabilizers.)
I will be using the batting all of the time from now
on unless the added bulk is a problem for a particular project..
How about an ironing hint now?
When you iron your stitching,
find the fluffiest towel you own,
and put your stitching right side down on the towel to iron.
This really helps get the wrinkles out easier;
plus it doesn't flatten the stitching,
and if you use beads they won't be getting in the way.
Finally, here are our finished blocks after ironing:
No wrinkles--and excuse the missing 's' on Christmas.
Tomorrow I will show you how to print on fabric both for photos
and for stitching.
I also have a hint to help run the fabric through your printer better.
Also this week---fabric comparison for stitching and top brand floss comparison.