I taught a free motion class at Bernina here in Great Falls, on Saturday, and Deb, the store owner of Bernina Silver Thimble, made sure to bring to my attention some new fabrics.
Faux leather fabrics! So of course, I have to get a cut and try it and last evening I did just that! It is priced at $15.00 a yard. I bought a 1/2 yard.
I also purchased a leather needle, 90/14, which is the first time I’ve ever used one, actually. It worked great! I used Rainbows tri-lobal polyester, and Masterpiece in my bobbin. The leathery fabric is really COOL!
I used a Hobbs 80/20 batting (which is what I currently have on hand), and a batik fabric for the backing. The leather is quite soft and supple, and really alot of fun to quilt. I am told it’s washable, so I’m going to wash it after I’m through and see how it holds up.
This is just the beginning of a small table runner, that I thought I would use a prototype and where I’m practicing some feathers and other designs as I go around those feathers. I bought another color of this fabric, too… a more rusty-colored tone. I can’t wait to try it, too! It would be a wonderful jacket… oh boy! Thanks Deb!
Oh my gosh… that is gorgeous Leslie! I *love* the blue against the brown. Beautiful work!! 🙂
Haven't tried faux leather, but it sure looks fun! Be sure to show us your finished runner.
Very nice. It opens up a whole new realm of decorative options.
How interesting! I've never tried it, but I'm anxious to see the finished piece.
I have been thinking of doing the same thing. Read on Ferret Fabricates blog about her leather quilts http://ferfab.blogspot.com/ Type in leather in her search box and you can see the quilted leather pieces she has made. I don't have a ready source of leather so have been thinking of seeing how quilting the faux leather would work.
It looks great, I have not seen it down under…….it maybe available later in the year……..have a happy Easter…..
I should add that some of the chain stores have less expensive faux leathers that are not as pretty, … BUT would be with decorative quilting added to it. I have used both the "quilt shop quality" and the more economical versions and each sew easily.
YES!!! I have used the faux leather. I have made some bags and on one I quilted a design first. I haven't ever used any special needles. I get great comments on the bags. I hadn't thought of a table runner though… now you've got me thinking! Yours looks wonderful.
I have used faux feather for making handbags, but have never quilted on them. Your quilting is beautiful.
How cool is that! No I've never used faux leather, but it sure looks pretty.