Many of you know that I love to try out new things. Recently, I have noticed this new item called "Texture Magic" that comes from one of my favorite thread suppliers - Superior Thread.
New product? Have to try! I really was not sure how, or indeed if I would make use of this stuff, but today I though I would try it with some wool prefelt (from my fav OutBack Fibers. Since I was not sure what this would or would not do I wasn't ready to devote too much of my pre felt to a test, but used several square samples that I have had for awhile.
First up was a square of prefelt with some randomly sewed lines - loose and free motion. Then the steam iron as described - not touching the backing. Lovely, yummy, texture easily made. If I used some of my fun threads I can definitely see this as a textural tool that I will enjoy using with both wool and cotton.
PS: it really helps to view the texture in the photos if you double click on them
Next, I tried using some of the same prefelt squares, but I used a double thickness this time and sewed a triangular grid. I was not at all as happy with this sort of texture, although I suppose that I should have expected that since I was controlling more of the space with the triangles it was to be expected that there might be less texture. If it had been a 50% shrinkage factor rather than the 30% as advertised it might have been more pleasurable. I will stick with the much easier random, free form lines I think!
I am looking forward to some more experimenting now and will from now on use larger, more usable pieces so that I can make some nice small bags. One thing that I will consider with my next experiments is that the lining like material (the "Texture Magic") gets a bit 'noisy' or crinkly when the piece is finished (it reminds me a lot of a lining material) so I plan to line anything that I use this with. I am going to try sandwiching the "Texture Magic" between two pieces of prefelt to see if it will:
1) still work well and 2) cut down on the crinkle noise. Of course I really do have to also try this with some silk and some cotton and linen. Ah! More to learn and more things to play with! Just as I like it!
I think Superior Threads has added another great product to their 'superior' line-up of sewing realated items and fabulous thread!
ADDENDUM - added after original post:
As usual I just could not leave well enough alone and made another sample using a silk sandwich - with the Texture Magic inside - worked like a charm and I r-e-a-l-l-y like the possibilities here! Next up will be a silk sandwich with batting (ie: silk, batting, texture magic, silk) and a wool sandwich with batting. All done with wonky lines which I am convinced wirk the best - for the effects that I want anyway!