Diane Carter, certainly has a few colorful stories to tell from her time as a Federal Law Enforcement officer. Now retired she devotes much of her time to pursue creative endeavors. And, lucky for us! Diane Carter as you many know has written the cover story for Creative Machine Embroidery magazine’s Nov/Dec 2013 issue. Check out the gorgeous cover!
Diane walks you through the process of creating these beautiful ornaments for your very own. But, here today she will show us how to create beads from Angelina fibers. This is such an amazing fiber we hope you like it! And, be sure to check out Diane’s website Cowgirl Quilt Designs for more inspiration and projects. And, if you love working with Angelina Fibers head to Embellishment Village for great deals on Angelina fibers and film. At the end of this post find out what’s up for Wednesday Giveaway, you’re going to love it!
Now, here’s Diane!
Creating Beads with Angelina Film
I love using Angelina Film for machine embroidery. It gives a glossy, sparkly texture that is different from anything else. And, always being thrifty, I like to save every little piece of leftover film. Now I’ve discovered a fun way to use up those scraps and add another layer of texture and sparkle to my embroidered designs – beads!
These beads are so special! They only take a tiny bit of Angelina Film, make a ton of beads, and look like carnival glass. The best part is they can be cut with scissors to any size, can be washed and dried and no matter what you do to them-won’t break. Perfect to add to machine embroidery!
So go gather your equipment and let’s make some beads. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Heat Gun – you can use the embossing tool you bought when you were doing stamping OR they are also available at any hardware store for a minimal price OR ask a man in your life if he has one, chances are he does.
- Wooden Skewer – you can get these at the dollar store or the grocery store. Basically they are a thin wooden stick used for kebobs.
- Angelina Film – you will need about a 1 ½” x 3” piece – you don’t need to be accurate (this makes it easy to use your scraps)
Loosely wrap your Angelina Film around the wooden stick. Turn on the heat gun and aim it on the Angelina Film.
The Film only bonds to itself so it will shrink down on itself and you will begin to see it crinkle and form kaleidoscope colors as it does. As soon as it shrinks down its done, don’t apply too much heat or it will lose some of its glossy sheen.
Slide off the skewer and cut into pieces with scissors.
Now you can stitch or glue to any of your creations. You can even stitch through the beads without harming them, and you still get the look of carnival glass. Try all of the 18 different colors of Angelina Film, as each will give you a different look – I especially love the pink, purple, clear and copper shades. And the best part is when you buy a roll of Angelina Film it is 4” x 3 feet, so if each skewer takes only 1 ½” of Angelina Film and cuts 10 to 20 beads, imagine the millions of beads you can make!! So here’s to easy beading! For more information on Angelina Fibers and Film (including great deals, ideas and tips and tricks) check out my website at www.cowgirlquiltdesigns.com and my friend Betty Blais’ website www.embellishmentvillage.com.
For Wednesday Giveaway we are giving to one lucky reader a pack of 18 colors of Angelina Film in Kaleidoscope colors PLUS a pack of 14 colors of the Angelina Fiber in the ‘Jelly Bean’ color pack.
And, a second prize of the Angelina Film sampler in ‘Winter White’ with three 3″ rolls and a pack of Angelina Fibers in ‘Fine China’ colors.
Answer the question below to be entered to win. 2 winners will be randomly picked November 6th.
What do you like best about working with Angelina fibers or if you’ve never worked with these fibers what would you like to create?
And the winner for the Steampunk Softies book is Kelly. Please send me your mailing address @firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll ship this out to you.