Recently I've read about Terial Magic, a new (or new to me) liquid stabilizer that when generously used, can render fabric into a paperlike material.
My pal Kate shared a large linen sheet with me which I ice-dyed. It was perfect for my bamboo design, BUT even with the aid of Wonder-Under (my preferred paper-backed iron on stabilizer) I suspected those nasty little frayed edges would appear during the machine applique process.
So, I decided to try Terial Magic. Rather than creating a stiff paper-like material which one can do, I lightly sprayed the fabric and pressed until dry. It worked but not without some negatives. It's advertised NOT to leave debris on the iron or stain fabric.....both of which I experienced. Now could that be because I was working with hand-dyed fabric?
Now back to that first picture. Next, my concern moved to the stability of the lighter than usual weight of the center batik section. I repeated the process on it. Disaster.....I was VERY careful when I pressed it....but it distorted terribly, so bad in fact I had to remove the borders, recut the center, straighten the borders and start over. As I was ripping out the stitches I noticed the off-white thread was now pink!*!*
I'm not at all sure what the heck happened, except to think the center fabric shrunk and the color ran. Perhaps I learned a lesson.....pretreat the fabric BEFORE working with it!?!? For the most part, the raw edges of my design behaved quite well and I had very little staining with this commercial fabric. So, I need to experiment further before giving this product a thumbs up....and BTW....it's pricey. $14.95 for 24 ozs.
Oh well....onward. Here's the start of auditioning bamboo images......check back soon for the results.
Follow these links to see what others have been working on this week: Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Sarah's Whoop Whoop Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts.