Often used for machine embroidery, water-soluble stabilizer can also be used to make interesting fiber scarves in just a few hours. You can use a mix of soft and coordinating ribbons, fabric strips and yarn to make these scarves. Host a party to create these scarves and trade materials! The idea for this project comes from All About Machine Arts: Decorative Techniques from A to Z. Project from C&T Publishing.
- 2 pieces of water-soluble stabilizer in desired size of your scarf (two pieces of 6 inch wide x 6 feet long stabilizer for a scarf that size, or 12 inch wide to fold in half lengthwise)
- Fiber- Yarn, Ribbon, Fabric Strips, etc.
- Fringe- Simply left the fiber hang over the edge of the stabilizer.
- Sewing machine
- Place 1 piece of stabilizer on the table.
- Lay the fibers the length of the scarf. You can use a lot of fibers to make a thick scarf, or use fewer fibers to make a thinner scarf. You can place the fibers in a very orderly manner, or you can just let them wander and twist.
- After all the fibers are arranged to your liking, place the other piece of stabilizer on top (or if you have a wider piece of stabilizer, you can fold it in half).
- Pin it well to keep everything in place.
- Stitching is what holds everything in place. It’s best to start by stitching a grid—it’s essential that the stitching cross so be sure to stitch in at least 2 directions. It’s easiest to stitch the short way first, then stitch the long way. After you have a grid you can add more stitching if you like. I find it easiest to do free-motion stitching. The stitching doesn’t show much, so this is a good place to practice if you are new to free-motion.
- After stitching, place the scarf in warm water and soak and/or gently rub or agitate until the stabilizer is dissolved.
- Wrap the scarf in a towel to blot, then hang it to dry.
- Wear with pride, or give it as a gift.