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Old 05-11-2005, 09:33 PM   #1
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Question Felt applique for shawls

In the video "How to Make a Native American Dance Shawl" they mention felt applique for the designs, but don't go into any detail.

If you have used this technique can you tell me whether you have used 'Wonder Under' fusible web to attach the designs before sewing the edges?

Also (bearing in mind that I am not Native American and so am asking questions to avoid disrespectful results) - are there any guidelines, other than not copying someone else's designs, that I must follow when creating a geometrical pattern for a decoration for my shawl?

I have purchased my shawl fabric and some felt and ordered a spool of fringe and can't wait to get started . . .

Thank you in advance for your help
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You have the right idea; however, I would suggest not using felt as it "pills" up, stretches, and looks messy after awhile.
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Old 05-12-2005, 07:47 AM   #3
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I was wondering about how long felt would hold up . . . thank you for your warning. I think I will return the felt pieces I bought and choose some other fabrics for my design.
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I was wondering about how long felt would hold up . . . thank you for your warning. I think I will return the felt pieces I bought and choose some other fabrics for my design.
A nice heavy satin will work fine, just make sure its "basted" or what ever yu call it, so it wont slide around as you are sewing! Other then that, you might want to try some free hand drawing and just see what you like and go with that!
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Yes - I like that satin idea! hehe . . . (Your giant LOL reminded me of the ad on TV about why guys don't like satin sheets - the one where the guy dives for his pillow and goes sliding right off the other side of the bed onto the floor! - Sorry, I digress . . . )

I think I really want to decorate this first shawl with applique, but have been considering the idea of fabric paint for a later try. Any suggestions about brands of paint that work best on gabaradine?

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Hey.. cotton works great too... and it comes in patterns, designs, solids.... mix and match and have a grand time! I've used satin and cotton together... the only time I used felt was doing a dark blue shawl that looked like the state flag so I used goldenrod for the stars (alaska, big dipper on blue field). It came out really pretty too. And yes, wonder under or heat and bond lite. I'm likeing the heat and bond lite mainly because it comes in roll in a package and does'nt separate from the backing like wonder under can do.. but wonder under leaves a much smoother glue layer and for thin delicate materials, such as silk, sateens, silk essence, tissue lame...I prefer it.
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I was wondering whether people mixed and matched fabrics on one shawl, so thanks for the tip about using cotton, too! I have TONS of small, really good quality cotton scrap pieces, leftover because I have a home sewing business. I've been looking for a way to use them wisely (since I don't quilt.)

I think I'll probably stick with Wonder Under because I buy it by the bolt for the items I make to sell. I haven't ever had it seperate from the backing, but maybe that's because it stays on the bolt until I cut it to use . . .

Now I'm torn between going to a PowWow this Saturday or staying home and making a good start on my shawl!
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I LOVE WonderUnder. And just bought the last of the bolt at WalMart last night.

If you're doing layers, it's the only way to go. If you don't want to sew it go ahead and use Heat and Bond.

And I use all kinds of fabrics too. Satins, sequins, brochades, cottons, solids, patterns, lame'. You name it. As long as it looks good, use it. Mix and match. Go nuts!
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OK - I've made up my mind to stay home and make a good start on my shawl! I'm really glad that so many of you mix and match fabrics, because that's what I really wanted to do, but didn't know if it was an accepted technique . . .

Thank you all for the advice! I'll post a picture when I finish . . .
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Hey feel free to check out the shawls I've done in the gallery... some in arts and crafts and some under my name... you can see which one's I used satin and which one's were cotton. And I don't mind you using my ideas if you like any of them either... OH and the hummingbird shawl I did was both satin and cotton.
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