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The magic of Sulky Solvy in the world of fibre art

by Jean Boyd

Yesterday, I showed you how to use 3 different Sulky stabilizers to create some bobbin work. Today, we’ll be exploring the magic of Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizers!

1 package of Super Solvy, 1 package of Solvy and a sample of Solvy stabilizer

Super Solvy and Solvy stabilizers

Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer and Super Solvy water soluble stabilizer are new products for me and I was really looking forward to trying some new techniques with them. You can read all about how these Solvy products are used as stabilizers for many different projects on my post, Introducing Sulky stabilizers | What they are and what to use them for, but I wanted to try something different. I decided to make new fabric from wool roving and cotton fabric using Solvy!

Here’s how you can try this too.

Cut a piece of Sulky Solvy or Sulky Super Solvy 10″ x 12″.

Gather up some scraps of wool roving and lay them on the bottom half of the Solvy rectangle. You can arrange them randomly or place them in a specific design.

Brown and green wool roving on a piece of Sulky Super Solvy 10" x 12"

Wool roving

Fold the other half of the Solvy rectangle over the roving and pin it in place. You now have Solvy on both sides of the wool roving.

Brown and green wool roving wrapped in Sulky Super Solvy and pinned in place

The Solvy “sandwich”

Stitch across the Solvy “sandwich” using an invisible thread. I stitched a series of closely spaced wavy lines across the Solvy and wool roving. If there is any extra unstitched Solvy at the top or on the sides, be sure to cut it off and save it in a little jar. We’ll be using it later!

Stitched green and brown wool roving and a small glass jar holding small pieces of Super Solvy stabilizer

Save the excess pieces of Solvy in a small jar.

Following the instructions on the Solvy package, soak the Solvy “sandwich” in water until all the stabilizer has dissolved. Lay flat to dry. Now you have a new piece of “fabric” that can be used as desired! Mine is going to be used for the foreground in a little appliqué scene.

I used the same technique to create “fabric” for 2 little houses. This time I used strips of cotton fabric and overlapped them before stitching.

Here are my foreground fabric and house fabric ready to use.

Brown and green stitched wool roving and strips of stitched brown fabric ready to use; Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizers

Stitched brown fabric and wool roving ready to use

My background fabric is a 6″ x 8″ square of hand-dyed wool, so the houses are quite small. Cut the brown fabric into 3 pieces that are about 1″ – 2″ square for the houses. From wool or fabric, cut roof shapes to fit the houses. You are creating as you go here, so there are no hard and fast rules for cutting the house and roof pieces.

Arrange the ground and house shapes as desired and then baste them in place on the background fabric.

Appliqué the shapes to the background fabric. I used a blanket stitch, but you can use a different stitch if you wish.

Brown and green stitched wool roving and brown cotton fabric houses with green wool roofs are ready to appliqué to and orange wool background; Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizers

Appliqué shapes are ready to stitch.

The next step is to add some embellishment. Embroider some door shapes, add some flower shapes on the foreground and then sew some beads in the “sky”.

Tiny brown beads are hand-sewn in the orange sky and flower shapes are embroidered on the wool roving foreground; Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizers

Tiny beads are sewn in the sky and flower shapes are embroidered in the foreground.

I mounted my little scene (using HeatnBond fusible web) on a 9″ x 12″ artist’s canvas that I painted black, but it could also be appliqued to a fabric background. You are the designer here – have fun and be creative!

Appliqued scene is attached to a black artist's canvas with fusible web; Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizers

Appliqued scene on a black artist’s canvas

Join me again tomorrow when I show you another little Solvy appliqué design and also how to use those left-over bits of Sulky Solvy or Sulky Super Solvy

This is part 4 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 3: Bobbin Work is even more exciting with the right Sulky stabilizer!

Go to part 5: Intensifying fiber art magic using leftover Sulky Solvy stabilizer


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