The old techniques are still fun

Painted Bondaweb has been a favourite technique for many for almost as long as I can remember. I first saw it demonstrated about 30 ago (goodness, that’s a bit scary) but there are still occasions when nothing else will do. Another technique from about the same time is one that uses up scraps of threads, and I recently found myself returning to it to make some quick cards. I actually remembered to take some photographs, so I thought I’d share them with you to either bring back memories – or show you something new. It’s quickly started on the sewing machine.

You need:

A backing fabric (I used a space dyed one, but almost anything will do), hand threads of almost any description (maybe this is an ideal opportunity to use all those odd ends that you can’t bear to throw away), a chiffon scarf in a suitable colour, an embroidery hoop and a toning multicoloured machine embroidery thread

stitched chiffon

I’ve already started to prepare in the above picture. I’ve chopped up a mix of hand threads and scraps of machine embroidery thread. You can see them on my background fabric. A red chiffon seemed the best for this mix, but always audition several to make sure you are achieving the right effect.


Spread the chopped bits out onto your backing. If it’s space dyed you can leave a few small gaps, but you will probably want to covei the whole area. Next cover with a single layer of chiffon and place into the embroidery hoop.

I dropped the feed dogs of my machine, set it for the widest zigzag but made sure that the stitch length was zero. It isn’t essential to use free machine stitching, you could always stitch a grid using ordinary straight stitch.

Stitch at random, moving the hoop fairly quickly. The idea is to secure the edge and the threads so that they don’t escape during the next step.

Once everything is safe you can remove the fabric from the hoop and trim it. I used a Madeira Polyneon, it’s ideal for something like this. This is just one of the colours available – and they are all yummy.


Now audition some hand threads

Mix and match. Your choice will change the character of the finished item.

Cover the surface with areas of stitching. French knots, seeding, little woven wheels, they are all good – and create very interesting effects

Add beads, cords, whatever takes your fancy. I can’t show you the finished item yet as it’s for a special card that’s still a secret. The technique, however, is suitable for a number of other items including little bags or book covers. Let me know if you give it a try – sometimes the ‘old’ techniques are worth remembering!

Author: nuvofelt

Colour has been business for a number of years. Crochet is one of my current means of expression and I enjoy enabling other creatives. Some of my blogs are kept as daily records. Take a look and you will see.

13 thoughts on “The old techniques are still fun”

  1. That looks fun! It’s something I haven’t tried before so I may well give it a go 🙂

  2. Similar to the technique you taught on Embellisher course, love the addition of french knots & beads. Looks awesome! 🙂 x

    1. No, Gilly, maybe not. If you have a darning foot for your machine follow those instructions for setting it up. However, if you want to try it without altering your machine just make a ‘sandwich’ then stitch a grid up and down and across to hold it all together. After that you can add some hand-stitching. Email me if that doesn’t make sense.

  3. Thank you for Liking my photo blog – although I’m not able now to do all the things I used to do [age-related ‘infirmities’ I’m afraid] eg embroidery,knitting,crochet,painting etcetc – my photography is a substitute hobby] I really love looking at your pics – the colours are a feast for my eyes!

    1. Eileen, thanks for taking the time to comment, much appreciated. I’m sorry you can’t indulge in your favourites. I hope you can find compensations in other things. It sadly comes to us all – I remember my mother feeling quite bereft for a while.

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