This is a brilliant product with so many potential uses. Primarily it’s intended as a stabiliser for both hand and machine embroidery. It copes fantastically well with dense embroidery and once the sewing is completed it dissolves away in either cold or warm water and dries without leaving a sticky residue.
If you are feeling really particularly creative you can layer fabric snippets and threads onto a sheet of solufleece and cover it with another sheet. Place it in an embroidery hoop and free machine all over it. The thread you use can form another design element. Once you’ve finished, dissolve the solufleece in water and you’ll be left with a piece of exciting new fabric to use in other sewing projects.
Solufleece can also be used to create stitched motifs. To do this draw your motif onto the solufleece either freehand or print a picture off and trace it onto the solufleece and machine embroider the design. You may also print onto the fleece with print blocks. When embroidering your design note that all threads need to connect to each other so that once you dissolve away the fleece the motif remains intact. Carefully open out your design and lay it down flat to dry. Once it’s dried it can now be used to decorate your sewing. Decorate up a plain t-shirt for example.
‘Crashing’ is another technique that solufleece can be used for and although it sounds a little drastic it’s a lot of fun. To do this layer a piece of solufleece with 2 pieces of bondaweb the same size.
Place the solufleece at the bottom of the ‘sandwich’. Remove the paper from the bondaweb making sure that you don’t tear the webbing and place both pieces on top of the solufleece. Place the fabric right side facing up on the top. This is quite a slippy sandwich of fabric plus stabilisers so if you’re not using a hoop you may wish to just pin carefully at the sides just until you get it do the sewing machine.
Get out the sewing machine and stitch either in parallel lines or randomly. The different stitching patterns will give you different results. The further apart the lines the more ‘blousy’/ pouffy the effect.
Once you’ve finished the stitching ‘hover’ a ‘steaming’ steam iron over the work. Do not touch it with the iron. See what happens, it is a truly magical thing. The steam causes the solufleece to begin to dissolve and as it does so it draws up the fabric which is set into position by the bondaweb.
Now you’ve a piece of fabric that you can paint, bead, dye stitch further … or use it as it is a fascinatingly textured piece.
Note, however that the fabric should be left alone for at least 30 minutes to an hour to cool and set properly before using it for anything else.
If you like the idea of giving this a try there’s a lot more information and pretty pictures over here
Have fun and go where the creativity leads you.