Loosely Woven Fabrics ? Control Them with Ease



Fear No Pashmina!

One of my favorite newer stabilizers is the self-adhesive wash-away mesh type.

This stabilizer can be pricey, but it stands alone when you need the unique advantages offered by this highly evolved specialty product.
The item being embroidered must be compatible with water, so you wouldn't choose this stabilizer type to embroider velvet or satin.
But consider one of the more unstable materials that like to creep and crawl that can withstand moisture. Those who have experimented with embroidering on a Pashmina know that this is one of the most difficult embroiderables, yet they just beg to be embroidered.
Fortunately water-soluble self-adhesive stabilizer is a great solution.
The challenge with most Pashminas is that they are somewhat loosely woven and the yarns spread easily. If I didn't know better, I would swear that the yarn in these oversized scarves are trying to run away from the needle!


hooped mesh



I hoop the water-soluble wash-away with the release paper facing up. Then I use a pin or needle to score the surface of the release paper.I peel away the release paper
to expose an area of self-adhesive mesh where I can apply the Pashmina.










Because I will be placing the monogram "on point" on a lower corner of the scarf, I
apply a target sticker that indicates the placement and direction of the monogram.
I adhere the pashmina by finger-pressing it onto the self-adhesive base.

Then, I just embroider without fear of the lightweight unstable woven fabric beoming shifting, allowing the
embroidery to become distorted.






remove excess



When the embroidery is complete, I remove the scarf from the stabilizer base, and cut away the large pieces.










spray pashmina


Then I spray the remainder with a spray bottle.









blotI blot to lift sticky residue, keeping the fabric soft and drapey.


When dry, the result is a distortion-free monogram. This stabilizer is one of my favorites.

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Comments (3) -

Very simple, I like projects like this!

shirleysonshine 5/23/2011 2:08:28 PM

I really want to do this with my scarf.  Will look for this stabilizer.

I would never put water on my pashmina.  It is from the belly of live goats which is where much wool comes from.  

I do pashminas for brides and I use tear away ONLY.

I have used the wash away and had it leave marks.


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