Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Messy Shiny Threads

I was given a bag full of shiny threads.  Lots of gold and silver, a variety of bright colors.  It was a tangled mess.  As I started to pull them apart I discovered a lot of short scraps.  So I gave up trying to salvage them individually and decided to use the whole mess.

I've seen tutorials on making fabric out of thread and scraps of cloth using water soluble stabilizer.  I decided to give it a try.  I dumped the thread on a few pieces of scrap fabric, covered them with the stabilizer, then randomly stitched all over it.  The two light-colored pieces still have the stabilizer on them, the darker square has it washed off.  They all ended up as vibrant as the square piece when washed.

The stabilizer melted away under warm running water.  Goopy, sticky stuff as it melted.  Kinda gross.  But the end result looks pretty awesome.

Now I have to figure out what to make with them.  I've been looking at applique patterns.  Should be fun.

Sharing with Linky Tuesday and Scraptastic Tuesday.


  1. Ooh you are certainly saving all the scraps! Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday!

  2. Fun--I've always wanted to try this! I can't wait to see what you make!

  3. What a fun project! I keep saying I'm going to try this! Can't wait to see what you do with them!

  4. I'll be interested to see what you do with these. My piece is still sitting. It's awaiting inspiration (which hasn't come.)

  5. Hi, my names maggie and I cut heart shapes out of the finished piece and sew them onto bags,pencil cases, the kids love them! I also use it to make hair bows, they look amazing. My brothers dog looked so snazzy with the christmas bow I made for him. The possibilities are endless! Good luck.


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