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Angelina Fibers

Angelina Fibers are a rainbow of sparkling polyester and metallic fibers with a wide variety of uses from art quilt embellishment, to jewelry making, to mixed media, to weaving and spinning. Glitterati Fibers are Angelina Fibers that are available as crinkly fibers.

What to do with Heat Bondable Angelina?

  • Fuse into glittering flat sheets for sewing & collage projects with an iron—Use a Teflon press cloth or a piece of baking parchment to protect your iron. Lay down a thin layer of Angelina on the parchment. Fold the parchment over to cover the Angelina layer. Iron the Angelina-parchment sandwich on silk/low setting for a few seconds.
  • Fuse into 3-D shapes with a heat gun. Place Angelina over wire-mesh shape or heat resistant textural surface. Turn on heat gun and direct heat at the shape for a second or two. Heat gun is hot so keep it moving as the Angelina will fuse quickly. Too much heat will burn it.

What to do with Non-Heat Bondable Angelina?

  • Stitch to fabrics: use your sewing machine to zigzag stitch over twisted strands of Angelina or use hand couching to stitch handspun Angelina in place.
  • Handspin alone or along with wools, cottons, & silks: Twist the fibers into one strand adding more Angelina fibers to overlap the first fiber strand. Continue to overlap fibers and twist as you stitch the Angelina into place. To make it easier, practice twisting the fibers around a strand of yarn first. It will also help if you dampen the fibers with water to help hold the fibers together.
  • Fuse into sheets or onto fabrics with a fusible such as Pellon Wonder Under or Misty Fuse: Lay out a thin layer of Angelina over fusible. Place a Teflon press cloth (or parchment paper) on top of the Angelina. Iron on a low to medium setting.
  • Needle felt with a felting needle
  • Nuno felt/laminate along with wool & silk fibers
  • Mix snippets into clear acrylic medium or gel medium and then spread onto paper or canvas with a palette knife. 
  • Mix into clear acrylic medium or gel medium and then spread onto paper or canvas with a palette knife.

 

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