It's Wednesday again....that means it's time to "Raise Your E-NotionIQ" here at the IHAN blog. This post would have been up bright and early but blogger and picasa were fighting with me....better late than never ay?
Let's start with one of my favorite products...Mistyfuse. I can't believe it when people say, "I've never heard of Mistyfuse" or "I don't know how to use Mistyfuse." All I can think is Really? Let's not let that happen to you or any of your friends :)
Mistyfuse is a fusible that doesn't have paper on the back. It is one of my favorites because it is so light...you don't have that heaviness that most fusibles leave on your fabric....you can barely feel it behind your fabric. It works great on all fabrics....cotton, tulle, organza, velvet...it even works on paper
So, this is what Mistyfuse looks like out of the package....light and paperless....just like I said.
You can see in this photo above that I've laid the Mistyfuse on top of the wrong side of a piece of fabric. Then I take my Goddess Sheet (you can use a Goddess Sheet, another Teflon pressing sheet or parchment paper) and I lay my Goddess Sheet over the Mistyfuse. Next, I press....Mistyfuse loves heat so don't worry about scorching it.
Since I'm working on my Power Suit Challenge project I'm going to walk you step by step how I made my applique shapes.
In my printer the side you want to have printed on goes in facing forward...the shiny side goes toward the back.
and then cut out my shape. Notice I'm trying very hard not to show you the design? Quit trying to figure it out....its gotta be a surprise!
Now wasn't that simple? I just peal off the Applique Paper and fuse my piece in place. I know there are a lot of other methods for transferring designs....I just like this one so I thought I'd tell ya about it.
Many of you are thinking...then why don't ya just use the other fusibles that come on paper...right? I'll tell ya why....because those other ones are stiffer and I like my pieces to look and feel like they are one piece of fabric. There is no added adhisive so it does not gum up your needles...it is light and it feels like its not there.
Ok, back to Mistyfuse. I told ya earlier you can use it on paper and now I'm going to show you a fun way to make a party napkin into a fusible by pressing Mistyfuse to the back and you can sew with it or use it in a collage (of course if you sew with it ya don't was the art piece...don't say I didn't tell ya).
You can see here there is a white background to the napkin....I removed that layer by just pealing it back and off.
Then I did the same thing I did with fabric...put Mistyfuse on the wrong side of the paper napkin and....
Wahhhhh Laaaaa....you have fusible paper napkin....fun isn't it? If you are the creative sort and want to make a thread design...sort of like a free form art embellishment...you can make your thread fusible too.
You guessed it...I pressed the thread sandwich....silly to show all the photos but like I always say...I'm a visual person so it helps me to demonstrate each step.
This is a before pressing photo.
Yep...pressing the thread to the black fabric....
And here is the thread fused to the black fabric. If I had put the Mistyfuse over the threads on the black fabric and pressed you would still see some of the Mistyfuse on the black fabric...it shines a little so that's why I put the Mistyfuse on the thread first.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!! Now you can't say you've never heard of Mistyfuse or Ultimate Applique Paper for that matter.