Chicago School of Fusing Diploma Now Available!

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Congratulations upon your graduation from the Chicago School of Fusing! That’s what I always say to my students when they complete one of my fusing classes.

And there are many recent graduate to congratulate. They all did beautiful work and I’m so grateful that they took a class with me at the IQF show in Houston or through their local guild.

chicago-school-certSo, in honor of all the graduates out there who wish a diploma to hang proudly in their studio or office, here’s a PDF that you can print out. (Thank you Judy K for this great design!) Press on!

How to Count When Fusing

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One of the first steps in fusing fabric is to apply the glue to the fabric for 5-7 seconds with a hot, dry iron. Seems simple, right? But I have discovered that in different regions of the country, people count at a different pace. So 5 seconds in Alabama is not 5 seconds in New York City.

Therefore I have implemented the Chicago School of Fusing Method of Counting!

First, pretend you are Lawrence Welk. You are conducting the orchestra in a polka. The beat goes: 1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3. (Do NOT include the North Dakota “anda” between the numbers.)

  • Count out loud. If you do this rhythm 4 times correctly, a total of 6 seconds will pass. 
  • Now draw a straight line on the non-glue side of the fusible web. 
  • Place the glue side of the fusible web onto the fabric.

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  • Place the hot (cotton setting) iron on the right side of the line.
  • Begin the polka. Repeat after me: 1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3.

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  • As you begin your 1,2,3s glide the iron across the line so you end up with the line on the right side of the iron by your last 1,2,3. 
  • There! Not only do you have the correct speed for fusing but you can dance as well.