New: Our Free Interfacing & Fabric Stabilizer Guide for Quilt Art

29 Jan 2014

A fabric stabilizer doesn't look like much in the package or on the bolt. But it can literally become the supporting role in your most complex or ethereal fiber art adventures. You can, use stabilizer for embroidery, for shoring up delicate fabrics for stitching, and even use fabric interfacing as part of your quilt design.

fabric stabilzer fiber art by patti medaris culea pokey bolton wendy butlet berns vickie hallmark
Artwork using fabric stabilizer by: 1. Patti Medaris Culea,
2. Pokey Bolton, 3. Christine Fries-Ureel, 4. Vickie Hallmark.
In our new eBook, Interfacing & Fabric Stabilizer Guide: 4 Free Tutorials for Supporting Fabric, Thread, & Embellishments in Quilt Art, you will learn the most common types of stabilizers and how to use them.

In Invisible Strength: Working with Water-Soluble Stabilizers, Pokey Bolton explains the characteristics and uses for different kinds of water-soluble or wash-away stabilizer. With the expertise and examples from guest artists Heidi Lund, Dale Rollerson, and Patti Medaris Culea, you'll learn how fabric stabilizers can help you back lightweight fabrics for sewing, create motifs completely out of thread, fashion your own exotic fabrics out of leftover fibers, and more.

Heat-activated stabilizers are especially useful as an embroider stabilizer. In Simply Blown Away: Working with Vanishing Muslin, Pokey describes the advantages and applications of using this material with a heat gun to create free-standing machine embroidery.

Wendy Butler Berns's fiber art often feature  wispy strands of seaweed, lifelike locks of hair, or ethereal webbing to surround quilted elements. She explains how to use water-soluble stabilizer with thread and fabric to create these exotic textures in Terrific Texture with Water-Soluble Stabilizers.

embroidered leaves with water soluble stabilizer by heidi lund
Sheer embroidered leaves created with
water-soluble stabilizer, by Heidi Lund.

Finally, in Star Maker: Heavenly Results from a Space Age Material, Vickie Hallmark shows you how to take advantage of the properties of fabric interfacing by pairing it with surface design techniques, creating an art quilt where the interfacing takes center stage. Interface fabrics will no longer be relegated to the dressmaker's cupboard!

There are so many creative ways to use stabilizers in quilt art. All you need is a project and the expert advice in Interfacing & Fabric Stabilizer Guide: 4 Free Tutorials for Supporting Fabric, Thread, & Embellishments in Quilt Art.

P.S. Do you have friends who would like to learn more about interfacing and stabilzers? Forward this link to them so they can download their own copy of Interfacing & Fabric Stabilizer Guide: 4 Free Tutorials for Supporting Fabric, Thread, & Embellishments in Quilt Art.

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TaneshaN wrote
on 2 Feb 2014 5:02 PM

Hi Vivika, you may want to check your source for the maker of Quilt #3 in your photos of the 4 quilts. I am pretty sure it is NOT Wendy Butler Burns who made that quilt. I'm almost certain it's Christine Fries-Ureel who made it, it is called Miranda: The Tempest, and it won many awards at quilt festivals back in early 2000s. Here is a link to her blog and picture of the quilt about halfway down the page:

VivikaEditor wrote
on 3 Feb 2014 5:24 PM

Thank you! You are quite correct and we have made that change in the caption above. The artwork is from the article by Wendy, but the work is indeed Christine's. We apologize for the error.