This week's material challenge over at Just for Fun is to use "Fabric or Fiber".
Whew, wipe the sweat from my brow cause I'm back in my comfort zone, although of course it wouldn't be much fun if I didn't have a go at trying something new.
As soon as I found out what the challenge was I immediately knew I wanted to use some soluble fabric which I bought a while ago, but of course, hadn't yet used.
I made a "sandwich" with the soluble fabric and the "filling" was snippets of ribbon and fabric .....
I then free machined over it with a variegated embroidery thread .....
I trimmed off the excess SF before dipping the sandwich in some warm water. This dissolves the SF but it leaves enough glue behind to help bind the fibers.
You can then either shape the fibers around a bowl or object if you want a shaped piece but I wanted a flat piece which I could diecut, so I placed it on some baking parchment and left it to dry.
My initial idea was to cut a Tim Holtz dress form from the fibers but I didn't do enough stitching on it (so the structure wasn't solid enough) so I decided to use it as a background instead.
I ironed some Bondaweb onto some fabric (to stabilise it for diecutting) and ran it through the Cuttlebug with the TH Heart Wings die. I then mounted it all onto a large tag (4" x 7") which I had distressed with Victorian Velvet & Dusty Concord.
So thanks ladies for encouraging me to dust off my sewing machine, I've had great fun this afternoon.
(and sorry it's been such a long post!)
Edit: I purchased the soluble fabric from a lady who had bought too much for her own personal use but I think you could buy it from any good fabric shop, or I found it here:
There are also a couple of videos about it on YouTube.