How to use Fantasy Fibre for stunning craft projects:
"Make your own non-woven fabric out of dazzling Fantasy Fibre. Glue it, stamp it, cut it, die cut it and sew it. Add mystical embellishments to cards, scrapbooks, fine art, decorative quills, T-shirts, clothing, dolls, fairies, wrappings and more. Create a luminous effect that will enhance all your paper and fabric projects."
So, how do you use Fantasy Fibre?!
Fantasy Fibre, also known as fusible fibre or Angelina, feels like very soft wool. Usually, coming in bags of mixed colours, it gives masses of potential from just one purchase, and a little does go a very long way.
While it can be used "straight from the bag", it is more common to fuse layers of the fibre together to form a flat sheet. No specialist tools are required for this; baking parchment and a standard iron are perfect, although if you do happen to have an encaustic iron hanging around, you can also use that!
NEVER iron directly onto the fibre - it will fuse to your iron! Instead, create a "sandwich" of the fibre between pieces of baking parchment. Also, if you dwell with the heat too long, or apply too much heat or pressure, you may damage the fibre and colour loss may result.
How to fuse the fibre:
1. Set your iron to polyester or silk setting.
2. Place a piece of parchment on a flat surface.
3. Gently tease some fibres to make a layer on the parchment.
4. Add more layers depending on how thick you want the fused fibre to be - start with a thin amount for your first few times, then increase the thickness as you gain confidence. An angel-hair effect is very pretty and common for the beginner.
5. Place a second piece of parchment, or a non-stick pressing cloth on top of the fibre.
6. Press firmly with the iron for 3-5 seconds.
7. Lift the top sheet of parchment carefully (it will be hot!) and you will reveal a totally unique sheet of fabric.
Ironing layers of different colour fibre together will produce amazing effects. Quickly you will be able to predict the outcome of the fusing, allowing you to create colours and textures like nothing you have ever seen before.
It is not recommended to wash Fantasy Fibre, although water will not harm it. If you are using it on an article that needs to be washed, connect it with something like Velcro or a sticky dot so it can easily be removed before washing.
What can I do with my fibre once it has been fused?
Anything you would do with fabric, like using a punch or a die cutting machine.
For extra sparkle, add sequins or confetti between layers of fibre before you fuse them. Use thinner layers of fibre so the sequins show up well and glimmer through to the surface. Foil scraps and other fibres also work well.
Remember once fused, your fibre can be stitched, folded or glued, just like any other fabric. How about creating pockets and envelopes for your scrapbook pages - it looks just like super-sparkly angel hair, but is so much easier to use.
Once you have cut out your shape from your fused fibre, the originality is only just beginning! You can easily stitch onto your shape, and even add beads, buttons, ribbon and gems.
If you want to change the colour of your fibre - simply paint it - Twinkling H2Os are ideal.
And how do I use my fibre with rubber stamps?
So long as you have the correct temperature on your iron, there is no need to worry about melting your stamp!
1. Set your iron on polyester or silk setting.
2. Tease out some fibres to make a layer that is larger than your stamp, and put to one side.
3. Apply permanent ink to your stamp.
4. Lay your fibres on the inked stamp surface.
5. Cover with parchment.
6. Press firmly with the iron for 5-10 seconds, depending on the thickness of the fibres.
7. When the shape of the stamp shows through to the back of the parchment it is ready.
8. Remove the fibres from the stamp and the motif will have imprinted and bonded the fibres together.
If you want to try a different effect you can leave out the inking of the stamp - just remember you won't be able to see the shape of the stamp through to the back of the parchment.
Fantasy Fibre fuses to itself and to another of our wonderful products, Fantasy Film.
Enjoy combining the two!
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