Here in Texas, you’d think it was still summer judging by the thermometer. Except for the occasional cool day, temperatures have been in the high 80s and low 90s. But when the Creative Cutters group got together for our October meeting, fall was definitely in the air!
Each time we meet, I’ve been excited to see a few new faces in the group and this month was no exception. Everyone was eager to have “fun with fabric” and learn more about Terial Magic and Silhouette fabric ink. There were some great fall, Halloween, and Christmas themed Show & Tell items…
…as well as this beautiful quilt made by my mom (featuring appliques all cut on the Silhouette).
I love cutting fabric on my Cameo (and showing others how to as well!). As I’ve said before, I’m a bit “allergic” to scissors. When cutting by hand, I can never achieve the same precision that my Silhouette offers.
Using Terial Magic in conjunction with Heat n Bond makes for quick applique projects. Designs can be made using fonts, ordinary cut files, patterns traced from scanned images, PDFs that open directly into the Designer Edition of Silhouette Studio, or embroidery files that can be accessed through Designer Edition Plus. It’s a real time-saver!
In addition to demonstrating how to cut fabric, we also talked about Oramask 813 Stencil film and Silhouette fabric ink. In an earlier tutorial here on the blog, I discussed using freezer paper stencils with fabric ink. Freezer paper works great but needs to be ironed on to the substrate. If your stencil includes a lot of inner details, the small pieces can easily be misplaced.
Stencil film provides a great alternative with a bit less work. The film is cut on the Silhouette just like regular adhesive vinyl, weeded, then applied with transfer tape. It’s often used as a stencil for hand-painted signs and worked wonderfully for our flour sack towel project. I was also very pleased with the Silhouette fabric ink, which provided great coverage and dried quickly. It held up well on my class samples, with no visible fading after they were laundered.
It’s always fun to see the creativity of everyone in the group – and there’s nothing better than seeing smiles at the end of the evening!
If you’re in the area, please consider joining us for our next meeting on November 14. As you can see, we have a lot of fun! If you don’t live nearby, then consider forming a group in your community. If you need help getting started, check out this list of licensed Silhouette instructors.
For more information, leave me a comment below or visit me over on my Facebook page. I’m always happy to hear from you!
Until next time,
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Lycia is a lifelong crafter whose goal is to help others find value, confidence, and joy in whatever they create. She geeks out on using technology to supercharge craft projects with Silhouette Studio, Design Space, Glowforge, sublimation, etc.! Lycia teaches these skills and more through online tutorials and videos as well as in-person classes at both the local and national levels.