Have You Tried Cheese Cloth for Texture?

cheesecloth1One of the fabrics I’ve dyeing lately for the IQF Chicago and AQS Paducah shows is cheesecloth. Yep. Cheesecloth, as in making jam cheesecloth. People often ask how to use it for art work so I’ve made up a short tutorial for you. You’ll love how it adds texture to another fabric. Here’s how:

1. Apply fusible web to one layer of the cheesecloth. I recommend Misty Fuse, a light weight fusible web that won’t clog up the gaps in the cheesecloth with glue as much as other fusible webs. Use parchment paper to transfer the glue to the fabric.

cheesecloth22. After the fabric cools, remove the parchment paper. Place the fabric back on the parchment paper and fold and squish the cheesecloth as much as you want.

cheesecloth3Apply parchment paper to the top of the fabric so it is in a sandwich of parchment paper. Fuse the folds in place using a hot iron.

cheesecloth4After it cools remove the papers from the cheesecloth. Then you can place the cheesecloth onto another fabric background.

cheesecloth5Or you can work directly on the fabric background instead of the parchment paper. Isn’t that texture terrific? We have lots of colors in stock. Give it a try!

11 thoughts on “Have You Tried Cheese Cloth for Texture?

  1. Thank you! This a genius idea! I can’t wait to use it in my landscape and art quilts. Yay!

  2. I’ve used gauze bandaging for cardmaking, but never thought to use it on fabric. I’ll have to figure out a design to go with it. Thanks for the idea; I’ll be watching for more details!

    • Some people have used it for underwater designs as seaweed and others use it for foliage in landscape designs.

      • Seaweed would be awesome; I’ve had a fish quilt percolating in my brain for awhile now. Thanks for the tip!

  3. I can just imagine thread ravels underneath the cheese cloth to make 3D images of bushes, shrubs, clouds, rocks on art quilts.It would be great for holding the ravels in place instead of sewing them down. (Don’t know why I keep thinking shrubs and clouds.)

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