In our October technique challenge, Jytte kindly showed us how to make a lovely design source book and wrap. In finak part we learn how to make the free motion quilted wrap.
This method uses cotton wadding.
Cotton wadding comes in different weights and some are quite thin. They will all give different results. I have never tried the manmade fibre ones, I'm not sure the glue soaking would work on them.
Use tepid water to mix. It’s easier. I can’t give you exact measures, because PVA glue brands are different in strength, and some require more water than others.
Place the measured piece of wadding in a flat container. Pour over the diluted glue and work into the wadding with your fingers or a brush. Leave to soak for about 1 hour.
Lift the wadding out of the container and squeeze any excess glue out.
Wipe away any further excess glue. Gently lift and reposition the wrap on the plastic and leave to dry completely. This can take 24 hours or more. It will peel off the plastic.
You can also lay it on a bin liner, brush the glue onto one side, turn it over and brush it over the other side. If you try this, you need to check it from time to time over the next couple of hours to see if it has absorbed enough glue. Add more if needed. Lift it occasionally which ever method you use.
When dry, the wrap should be stiff enough to stand up by itself, but at the same time bendable. It will look a little crumpled.
As with the book, it is up to you how you decorate it. Here are some suggestions - paint some shapes or a pattern, perhaps using a colour to match the book cover. I usually use acrylic paint. For the tulip book and wrap, I knew I wanted to use the same motif as the tulip on the book cover, so I ‘glue prepared’ the wrap beforehand and used the shape to print onto the wrap before fixing the card shape to the cover.
Use paint to fill in around the shapes, or patterns. Stitch with matching or contrasting thread onto the shapes as well as all around, either by hand or using the machine. You can also use your favourite quilt pattern. I often stipple all around the patterns, but anything will be fine. Add beads or buttons or anything you else you like.
Finishing off the Edges
I like to finish the edges with a blanket stitch, which I nearly always do by hand, using some of my lovely silk threads. You could use machine satin stitch, leave the edges ‘raw’ or bind with some ribbon, bias binding or matching/contrasting fabric strips – these can be left frayed.
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