Wednesday, January 25, 2017

DMC's Stitchable Metallic Mesh

Just before Christmas DMC sent me a package of their new stitchable metallic mesh and asked that I play around with it. This is what I got in the mail--
https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/DMC-Reversible-STITCHABLE-MESH-FABRIC-03982-DMC03982

The mesh is a ten inch square of metallic mesh that is gold on one side and silver on the other.  It reminds me of Congress cloth in that the holes are quite small in relationship to the threads that create the mesh.  The mesh is reversible.  You can stitch on either side.  The package comes with a floral line drawing that you can transfer onto the mesh and stitch.


The Stitchable Metallic Mesh Package Opened
In the photograph in the link above you can see that it is in an embroidery hoop.  I think using a hoop will dent the mesh and I want to use as much of it to create Christmas ornaments as possible.  So my first task is to figure out how to mount the mesh so I can stitch with it.  My second task is to figure out what size needle and thread to use and decide on a design.  Stay tuned!

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12 comments:

  1. Can it be mounted on stretcher bars with lots if tacks?

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  2. This looks like so much fun! Does the fabric have a metallic feel? I would think a hoop would damage it - could you use a roller frame? Please keep us posted!!

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    1. It feels like very fine window screening, sort of a cross between the metallic window screen, which is very stiff, and the plastic window screen, which is flexible. Hard to explain but it doesn't show holes when you rip out so I think a hoop would work. The photo on the DMC website shows a plastic hoop, though. If you used a wooden one I think padding it first would be smart.

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  3. It's been fun to play with, that's for sure! Many thanks to DMC for asking me to play.

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  4. Can't wait to see what you do. Keep us posted as I have been thinking about using it in mixed media. Is it rough on threads?

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    1. Hi, Beth. I think it will do very well in a mixed media piece. So far I've only used one ply of silk on it and it didn't rough up the silk until I ripped out. Then I snagged it somehow. But I have not covered the raw edges (which I should have done) because I wanted to see how much it unraveled.

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  5. Jane,
    I bought this just before Christmas. I took it to guild meeting. as they were working on paper cards. I will be interested in knowing how you start and end threads without them showing.
    Judy

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    1. Clever Judy! So far I have done a tiny locking L stitch in the middle of where I plan to stitch so the stitches cover it. Works ok. I will probably keep doing this. The metallic mesh seems to hold silk floss securely this way. The silk clings to the mesh well.

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  6. Hi Jane :) Whenever I have fabric that is precious or I don't want to damage it in the frame at all, I cut as much as I need and apply it to a larger piece of good quality calico or equivalent with a zig-zag stitch on my machine. The calico needs to be big enough to fit in my chosen frame. Then I cut the calico away from behind the embroidery fabric so that it is ready for stitching. I even do this with congress because it is so hard to get in Australia - every piece is precious. Let me know if you need pictures and I'll email them to you :)

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    1. Thanks, Ann-Marie. I appreciate your help! I have worked silk gauze in this manner. I even thought about sandwiching my metallic mesh between two pieces of mat board (I buy precut sale pieces from the big box craft stores here during framing sales) held together with double-sided tape. But in the end I went with what was fast and easy and also used by many needlepointers. After all, I'm trying to figure out how needlepointers could use this and my sewing machine hates me. Thanks for the ideas. Bet DMC (who is reading this) will love hearing the idea!

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