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!
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.¬† 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.