Bonding and Beyond • Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn

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Learn how to bond materials together, using a fusible web or powder. Color Bondaweb, trap and layer fabrics and create bonded beads and brooches, too!



Bonding and Beyond • Book 3 from Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn

Bonding may be used with a huge array of fabrics and is an excellent way of using recycled materials. It was originally sold as a narrow strip of bonding film used to ‘stick’ hems and turnings in place when heat was applied.

There are now many products especially designed to use with fabric and these include ‘Wonder Under’, fusible web in various forms but most often it is supported on a silicone paper (Bondaweb) which can be useful for many of the techniques. There is also a bonding powder which resembles salt in texture and this can be excellent when dealing with small areas and ‘tucking in’ edges and corners.

This product is one which we have both carried on trips abroad and has added to the general embarrassment factor experienced by the embroiderer traveling through customs and immigration with ‘unusual items’ such as packets of white powder!

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There are so many advantages in using bonding film or powder which offer a wealth of creative uses.

Some of these are:

  • Iron Bondaweb to the back of a fabric. The paper backing temporarily stiffens it which makes it much easier to cut out intricate shapes.
  • Bond fabric shapes to a background cloth. It eliminates the need to use pins or to tack (baste) in place.
  • Bond torn or cut pieces of various materials to block in, build up or overlap an arrangement of shapes in a chosen color scheme quite quickly to help maintain the spontaneity of the work before any additional hand and/or machine stitches are used to define, enrich or add texture.
  • Trap and bond snippets of thread, fabric, glitter and an assortment of tiny fragments, all topped with sheer fabric.
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Bonding is an excellent process to use with a variety of Mixed Media Techniques

Layering and texturing of different types of bonding offers the possibility of a huge variety of surfaces and these can be combined with further texturing mediums where appropriate. The versatility of bonding becomes apparent as soon as you stand at the ironing table with some Bondaweb, fabrics, and an iron.

There are many bonding products especially designed to use with fabric which we explore in this book from Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn. As usual, the book includes many mixed media techniques with a focus on color, beading and of course loads of stitch!

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  • eBook with 28 pages full color illustrations
  • First published by Double Trouble Enterprises 1999
  • ISBN No 0-9531750-2-2

Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn • About the Authors

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Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn are internationally acclaimed textiles artists, authors and educators. For more than forty years the duo know as “Double Trouble Enterprises” has been challenging traditional notions of embroidery and stitch by working with soluble fabrics, mixed media, bonding, printing, embellishing and collage and extensive use of color development and journaling to great success. Founding members of the 62 Group of Textile Artists, featured instructors at Callaway Gardens School of Needle ArtsCity & Guilds (London), Fellows of the Society of Designer Craftsmen (UK)  and Presidents emeritus of the Embroiderers’ Guild (UK), Jan and Jean continue their work in inspiring stitch artists of all ages with print books, digital books, and a wide range of DVDs and streaming workshops.

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