I’ve been meaning to, planning to, wanting to…try Texture Magic for months.Â However, my physical training schedule put a big hole in my sewing and creativity time.Â Truthfully, I don’t mind having the time away from sewing/quilting this summer because the physical training fed my creative soul in other ways.Â For example, I have more courage to try new things without fear of failure.Â I also have learned to “just get going even if I don’t feel like it”.Â Don’t get me wrong. I am continuing my healthy lifestyle and training, but due to weather and daylight changes there will be more opportunities for sewing and quilting over the next several months.Â YAY!
I followed the instructions exactly as shown on the package:
Using a regular pencil, I drew a 1″ grid on two pieces of Texture Magic.Â I cut two pieces of batting approximately 1/4″ larger (on all sides) than the Texture Magic pieces. Then I cut two pieces of Kona Cotton fabric approximately 1/4″ larger than the batting pieces.
Next, I layered & pinned:Â Kona cotton fabric on the bottom (wrong side up), then batting, then Texture Magic with the marked side up.
Next I wound a few bobbins of Gold Nugget Razzle Dazzle and threaded my machine with a red cotton thread. Then I began stitching with the marked Texture Magic on top, facing me so the Razzle Dazzle in the bobbin would be applied to the Kona cotton fabric.
I stitched the red sample first and when you look at the enlarged image, you will notice that you don’t see any red dots.Â It almost looks like gold beads stitched into the fabric.
When I stitched the Green Sample I decided to leave the red thread on to see what kind of effect that would create.Â I really like it!Â I think the contrasting red thread with the gold on top of the green fabric looks very festive and has the feel of Christmas elegance.
I love the look of the stitched/steamed samples and I love, love, LOVE the Razzle Dazzle thread.Â It is hard to tell by the scans, but luxurious little pillows of almost 1/4″ thickness have puffed up to form a waffle type texture and the sparkling gold Razzle Dazzle thread adds subtle elegance to the fabric.
Observation: I was a little surprised by the length of time it took to complete the steaming, although that could have been because I am new to working with Texture Magic so I was working cautiously in order not to have an accident and ruin the product.Â As the steam and heat is applied above the Texture Magic, it lifts up toward the iron (almost like a magnet).Â That was a little scarey the first time it happened. I suppose the total amount of time for both pieces was probably around 10 – 15 minutes…but, as I said, I did work cautiously (pretty slowly).Â Your results may vary.
I have a couple ideas in mind for these stitched pieces of fabric, so stay tuned to see what develops with them.
Even better, I have a TON of new ideas for Texture Magic:Â using different stitched designs & densities, using different threads, using different fabrics…oh boy…this is getting FUN!
If you’ve been on the fence about trying Texture Magic…get off and GO for it!Â I think you’ll find it’s a lot of fun and easier than it seems.Â Texture Magic is ON SALE now at Sew Thankful.