I’m asked often about working with Mistyfuse so I thought I’d give a few quick tips on how I work with it. If you’re not familiar with it, you’re probably wondering what in the heck I’m talking about so let me explain.
Mistyfuse is a fusible interfacing. Basically it acts like glue to hold fabric layers together. You put it between two layers of fabric and then press with an iron to get them to bond together. In my opinion, it’s the best fusible on the market because it doesn’t make your fused layers hard as stone like some of the other brands out there. Which makes it really easy to hand stitch through – less tiring!
Many artists pre-fuse their fabrics before using them in artwork. This means that they iron the Mistyfuse to the back of the fabric ahead of time and then cut shapes from it to compose their artwork. I go about it a little differently. I lay the Mistyfuse down on my base, usually acrylic felt, and then arrange my fabric on top. It can be a little intimidating the first time you do this because Mistyfuse is very lightweight. Which makes it feel like working with a spider web sometimes.
Here’s a close up shot of it over top of black acrylic felt:
But I’ve got some easy tricks to make working with it a snap.
TIP #1: Turn off fans when you’re working with it. (Remember the comment about it being very lightweight? Fans are bad.)
TIP #2: Because I lay it across my the base of my work, that means I need to trim it down to size. I use one of my quilting rulers to help hold it in place while I trim it down:
TIP #3: Don’t toss any pieces you have left after trimming. You can lay them down across a new base to create your fusible layer. Mistyfuse is so fine that it does not create any seams of any kind when it overlaps on itself so there is no waste!
TIP #4: If you are laying down a single piece of fabric over top of the unfused Mistyfuse (like I’m doing for the new twenty pieces I’m making for my upcoming solo show), fold the fabric and unfold it slowly after you’ve laid it down over the Mistyfuse:
TIP #5: PRESS the Mistyfuse to activate it – don’t IRON it with back and forth motions. You can give it a good swipe back and forth after you’ve pressed it across your whole piece but don’t forget that the pressing part is what makes it stick together. So if you just go at it before it has a chance to melt, then you will most likely shift the fabric around.
I find this method works really well for me. I don’t like pre-fusing my fabrics because I use them for various things. But I love fusing my layers together when I’m creating wall art, it creates a really solid foundation for stitching. I never have to use pins to hold the layers together – just fuse and go to town! 🙂