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Fusing Fabric: Creative Cutting, Bonding and Mark-making with the Soldering Iron [Paperback]

Margaret Beal
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14 Sep 2007
The fine-tipped soldering iron is one of the most creative tools available to textile artists and embroiderers today. Acclaimed embroiderer Margaret Beal is a pioneer of these techniques and makes the processes simple, safe and straightforward. Armed with this book and a soldering iron you will discover how to cut, bond, seal, seam, score and make marks on single or multple layers of synthetic fabric, creating finished pieces that are beautiful in themselves or make unique surfaces for further stitching, whether by hand or machine. Building on the three basic techniques of mark-making, cutting and bonding, the book covers : * Patterning with metal templates * Sealing items between fabrics * Scrunchy textures * Strips and fancy borders * Hollow 3-D shapes * Intricate patchwork patterns * Cutwork and applique techniques * Working with metal grid and wireform * Incorporating stencil film, foil and PVC Once you start experimenting, you won't be able to stop.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd (14 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713490683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713490688
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 21.3 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret Beal is an embroiderer who travels all over the UK teaching her innovative and popular soldering-iron techniques. She is the author of Fusing Fabric (ISBN 9780713490688). She lives in Andover, Hampshire.

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for any ability 12 Dec 2006
By Emily,
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I found the projects in this book as an art student suprising up to date and contemporary, i have also tried out a few with a lot of success. the method is totally origional (using a soldering iron to bond fabrics) and is reletively inexpensive. You need to buy felt and organza plus a special craft soldering iron for fabric but its well worth it. The book itself is easy to follow without being annoyingly or patronizingly simplistic- plus a serious emphasis on great photos and unique ways of embroidery and making things such as fibre art pieces and even lampshades.

I've learnt alot and always refer back to it. You can buy the right equippment direct from the author (UK based) if you email/ring her and they're very friendly. It also saves you alot of time on applique and you dont have to use fabric glue ever again.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good buy. 15 Oct 2006
Well written, straight forward guide to using a new technique. Good illustrations, attractively presented. Covers the esentials of the equipment and fabrics. Includes suggestions for carry ideas forward and ways in which the ideas can be used.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 28 Dec 2008
By Z. Herbert VINE VOICE
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I am delighted with this book. Ms Beal's knowledge, expertise and willingness to show and share are inspirational. The techniques and possibilities are explained in complete detail, showing how the soldering iron becomes a magic wand for cutting, bonding and embellishing (mostly) synthetic fabrics. The photographs are clear and a good size. The suggested projects are encouraging and viable even for complete novices - myself included in that. I bought an iron from the author and she was very helpful with a query. The technique - which I had not considered at all - can be a starting point for so many exciting directions. As with any skill, practise and practise again to achieve fluency, but thanks to the first-rate instructions, success is within reach.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear instructions and inspiring pictures 20 Feb 2006
This book has the perfect combination of text and pictures. For each technique there are step by step instructions written in clear language then a large colourful picture illustrating what can be achieved with the technique, normally followed by a few smaller images of slightly more complicated work. It's a book that's great to look at but also really easy to read.
I love the way that you can create beautiful textiles using a soldering iron and synthetic fabrics and Margaret has inspired me to see how much I can get out of this technique.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not at all con-Fusing 17 Jun 2010
Margaret is an expert in this technique and generously passes on her knowledge gained by experimentation. The book is very clearly laid out, with excellent, full page, colour illustrating photographs; with lots of tips and projects to stimulate the creative textile artist in you.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy a respirator! 14 Sep 2005
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This will be the most important piece of equipment you will need to enjoy the wonderful work you will be longing to do after browsing through this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - love it! 10 Feb 2012
this book is full of inspiration and very good instructions. the book goes through the methods for the various ways to produce different effects. Have you ever wondered how fabric is made with real flowers sandwiched between two layers of sheer organza? Well this is they type of thing this book inspired me to do. There are so many new methods for bonding, cutting, layering and stitching, by hand or machine, and the instructions are very clear - you do need to trust them because it is not always clear from the instructions what happens but when you do what you are told it works! I use this book a lot - but once I have mastered the technique I go my own way with my own variations. worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, simply explained processes 24 Sep 2012
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This is the sort of book you open and immediatley want to start having a play. Which was great for me as I had already purchased the soldering iron needed. You are taken through step by step how to use the iron and with what fabrics and then you just have fun playing. The book really is a course - you build up your knowledge as you complete each task and they are beautifully photographed projects. For anyone wanting to let go and have fun this is a wonderful book to get your teeth into.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Book for the wife
Not my scene but the wife loves it. She is into craft in a big way and this is another string to her bow.
Published 3 months ago by M. Spence
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
So many new and unusual I have been given ideas that I would not have dreamt of doing. A really exciting book
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. J. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this for your textile library
Recommended to me by a friend this is essential reading for the serious an also amateur embroiderer. Clear explanations and excellent illustrations
Published 6 months ago by J. VINER
4.0 out of 5 stars Fusing Fabic:
Great book for inspiring new ideas. Clear visual illustrations allowing appreciation of technique without necessarily having to read 'how'. Read more
Published 8 months ago by syrona
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting technique
Something so different for stitchers. So full of ideas and I found it inspirational.I could not wait to get started
Published 11 months ago by Sheila Rogers
3.0 out of 5 stars For me - a disappointing book.
A bit disappointed with this book.
Too complicated and over wordy. The ideas were not very exciting.
Expensive (even at Amazon prices) for what it is.
Published 13 months ago by kavidacat
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
wos, wow, wow. What a lovely book and great for giving you ideas to do on your own. great book.
Published 13 months ago by crafter
5.0 out of 5 stars Fusing Fabric
The ideas in the above book are very innovative and give you a lot of scope to work from. The illustrations are very good also.

Published 15 months ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Saw this at the Malvern Craft Show
Love this book, step by step instructions havent started doing any myself but was very enthusiastic at the time and may attempt it one day soon
Published 17 months ago by jeni morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fusing Fabric Book
For someone who is very "Crafty" this book is a 'Must Have'.
Absorbing and inspiring. Buy it today! You will never put it down.
Published 18 months ago by Audrey Millar
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