Warning: Playing with Texture Magic can be addicting

I’ve been meaning to, planning to, wanting to…try Texture Magic for months.¬† However, my physical training schedule put a big hole in my sewing and creativity time.¬† 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.¬† For example, I have more courage to try new things without fear of failure.¬† I also have learned to “just get going even if I don’t feel like it”.¬† 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.¬† YAY!

Here is my first round of experimenting using Kona Cotton Solids, Texture Magic and Razzle Dazzle thread.

Holly Green Kona Cotton with Razzle Dazzle - not yet steamed

Holly Green Kona Cotton with Razzle Dazzle Thread - not yet steamed

Steamed!

Steamed!

Red Kona Cotton stitched with Razzle Dazzle Thread, Texture Magic applied and steamed.

Red Kona Cotton stitched with Razzle Dazzle Thread, Texture Magic applied and steamed.

I followed the instructions exactly as shown on the package:

Texture Magic product package (outer label)

Texture Magic product package (outside cover)

Using a regular pencil, I drew a 1″ grid on two pieces of Texture Magic.¬† 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:  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.¬† 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.  I really like it!  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.¬† 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.¬† As the steam and heat is applied above the Texture Magic, it lifts up toward the iron (almost like a magnet).¬† 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).¬† 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:¬† 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!¬† I think you’ll find it’s a lot of fun and easier than it seems.¬† Texture Magic is ON SALE now at Sew Thankful.

21 Responses to “Warning: Playing with Texture Magic can be addicting”

  1. It is really a nice and helpful piece of info. I am happy that you shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. pam kelly says:

    I made a purse with texture magic. It was fun. It did take a while to steam and shrink. A note of advice, make sure your fabric is completely shrunk before applying a fusible fleece. I cut out my pattern piece, then applied my fleece and it shrunk more. I had to modify my purse.

  3. Dee says:

    I saw this used at the quilt show this weekend. They had used in with a large floral design. Beautiful as the flowers and leaves all became 3-D. They had outlined the designs only of the fabric.

  4. Edie J. says:

    Now I really am “pushed” to buy and try. Thanks!

  5. Sandy says:

    Superior Threads has worked out a conversion chart and can be seen by clicking on the following site.
    http://www.superiorthreads.com/media/uploads/2009/09/03/files/Conversion_Chart_Single_3.JPG

  6. Hi – I am so glad you found Texture Magic. Superior Threads now has reps in each state to start demonstrating this to quilt shops so more people get to see it. It is fantastic.
    I am the rep in Massachusetts. I love your idea about Razzle Dazzle in the bobbin.
    One suggestion on the steaming – be sure that you are not getting water condensation on the Texture Magic – if the fabric get wet – the temperature goes down and it does not work as effectively – if you wait for it to dry it will react just fine – you want your steam iron to be about 1″ from the surface of the Texture Magis side when you steam. Also with batting it is slower than without batting.
    You can also just do free motion.
    Another good link is http://patsythompsondesigns.com/index.php/archives/1016 – GREAT demo on using Texture magic in applique.
    Enjoy – if you have any question I’d be glad to try and help as well
    Mary in Massachusetts

  7. Millie says:

    Boy, I’m behind everybody else. Never heard of that product before(where was I?) but would like to try it as it sound very interesting. Thanks for all the information.

  8. Tracy says:

    Sure Sharon. There are lots of different ways to use it. Annie Unrein even has several patterns available that use Texture Magic. Check out these pages…even if you don’t want to use her pattern, it would give you some ideas to actually see the product used:


    http://www.sewthankful.com/AnnieUnreinTextureMagicTotes.html
    http://www.sewthankful.com/AnnieUnreinTexturedTotesAndAccessories.html
    http://www.sewthankful.com/AnnieUnreinBubblyBabies.html

    Annie has several more really cute patterns including a couple little girls dresses that use pieces of Texture Magic, so stay tuned. :-)

    Happy sewing and creating.

    Tracy

  9. Sharon says:

    I’ve seen samples of this in person, and like the look of it, but have a question. How would you use it on a project? I’d like to get some and try it, but don’t know what I’d do with it. Maybe you can give me some
    ideas : ^)

  10. joellen says:

    Tracy,

    thanks for the review. i enjoyed reading your report. i purchased it some time ago and you gave me a big boost to give it try. thank you

  11. I too noticed how long it takes to actually complete the texturizing process, however I also noticed that the closer your stitching (such as stippling), the faster it works. When I made the larger grid size like your samples, those took the longest. I really like the results from free-motion quilting the best. Now THAT looks texturized!! I’ve made a couple of sample items for my LQS and apparently my samples are doing their job…helping to sell the product! The neat thing is that even when you’re playing around experimenting with the product, you can end up using all of those pieces. I used several glued together to make a flower, which each layer a different color and texture. Another thing I noticed is that the thickness of the fabric has a lot to do with the outcome. One some pieces I used Michael Miller’s “Fairy Frost” and it took much longer to texturize. Also, the larger the grid, the longer to texturize. With Fairy Frost I definitely recommend closer stitching.

  12. Tracy says:

    Hi Marie-Elena,

    You asked: “So, do you have a sandwhich of tex. magic, fabric, batting, fabric, tex. magic with lines drawn?”

    That’s almost what I did. I made two different samples, one green and one red.
    The sandwich was layered as follows:
    Fabric, batting, Texture Magic (with lines drawn).

    These samples will be components in a future project.

    Hope that helps.

    Hugs & smiles from New Mexico,

    Tracy

  13. Wanda Seale says:

    I also had a great time trying the texture Magic. I used a copper cotton metalic fabric and did a loose stipple stitch. It did not have any batting behind and the result was wonderful. It will be used in a section of a purse that I’m making and wanted the texture. I will now use some decorative thread to stitch it onto the backing of the purse. Thanks for your review and I look forward to more samples of what we can do this this great product.
    Wanda Seale

  14. I had no feelings about this product when I tried it out the first time, but I fell in love with all of the possibilities! I use it with silk and make “runched” bags. It’s really a 5 star product!

  15. njradbill says:

    looks great can hardly wait to see how u incorperate it in a project

  16. Annie Unrein says:

    Hi, Tracy:

    I’m so glad to read that you found time to play with Texture Magic. I love the idea of using Razzle Dazzle in the bottom — hadn’t tried that myself. I’ve been playing with Texture Magic for almost a year now and haven’t begun to scratch the surface of all the possibilities, so keep at it — and keep sharing your ideas. We love seeing them.

    One hint: If you use a steamer to steam the fabric piece it goes MUCH faster — and you don’t have to worry about touching the Texture Magic with a hot soleplate. I use a Power Steam Pro — it’s the best we’ve found and we tried several.

    We’re in Houston at Quilt Festival and Texture Magic is hot, hot, HOT!

    I’ve got lots of new patterns but they aren’t all on my website yet. I’ll get some off to you as soon as I get home for your review.

    Annie
    http://www.byannie.com

  17. Pat says:

    How much did the fabric shrink in size? Also do you think if you used Iron on batting it would work also?

  18. Kim says:

    Very Interesting! I probably wouldn’t have bought it to just try it. I’m glad you did it for me! And I think I would like to use it. It is pretty cool!

  19. Nini Morris says:

    I can see lots of ways this can be used in quilting and quilted gifts. How about little girls dresses? Maybe in the bodice of a Christmas dress? Anyone tried this yet?

    Curious.

    Nini

  20. geni (nl) says:

    That looks wonderful and inviting to try myself, Trace!
    Thank you for sharing.

  21. Marie-Elena Baker says:

    Whoa, do I feel dense regarding the “texture magic”. So, do you have a sandwhich of tex. magic, fabric, batting, fabric, tex. magic with lines drawn? It sounds so exciting!
    thank you for al lyour wonderful info and recipies, I so look forward to our newsletter!!!
    cheers,
    have a great Sunday!
    Marie-Elena Baker

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