Getting creative with Angelina Fiber
One of the perks of being a textile artist is that you get to play with all sorts of fun and creative products, and Angelina Fiber is definitely one of those fun products.
I’ve always found that a little bit of angelina goes a long way, but I used quite a large sheet of it in the design of my
soon to be released art quilt pattern – “Koi Pond” (Update – it’s now released! You can find it here), as a way to represent the pond reflection. I wasn’t sure how this was going to work out and it took several tries before I figured out that a very thin layer of fused angelina was all I needed to get the results I was looking for and I think it definitely looks like a pond reflection on a sunny day.
If you’re not familiar with Angelina Fiber, it’s a soft fiber that is light reflective as well as light refractive so it’s very sparkly. It comes in a wide variety of colors and the fibers come in two types – “hot fix” or heat bondable meaning that you can fuse them together with an iron, and “staple” which are not bondable but you can mix them the heat bondable type, or use them in other ways to add highlight to your threads, yarns, art quilts, or surface design and embellishment projects. It’s also washable and dry cleanable!
This video demonstrates several ways that you can work with hot fix angelina fibers so if you’ve never had a play with them, try them out – I’m sure you’ll love them! If you’re not sure where to get them, you can find them listed here on my resource page.