Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Etal


Several months ago I was given a small bag of scraps of a new material called ETAL, which is described as "real metal on a textured, flexible substrate". These samples were handed out at a guild meeting with the invitation to experiment with the material

I made the three small hangings using the ETAL for the leaves and dragonfly motifs. You can probably see that the material comes in different colors--silver, gold, copper, green gold, etc.

Interesting stuff to work with. It cuts like a card stock, but is stronger than paper--rather like non-woven interfacing with a metallic surface. It cuts easily and can be sewn through easily. When I ran out of the scraps I was given I was able to find a couple of sheets of it at a scrapbooking store. There is also a web site: http://www.etalcraft.com/product.htm

I made the three pieces specifically for a show at the Portland Japanese Garden http://www.japanesegarden.com/ that was held in July. I sold all three.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for reviewing this material. It one of the items to order on my ever growing list but I haven't read or heard how it handles in quilting. Do you need to wear gloves when cutting it?

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  2. These are really lovely and very effective. Thanks for the link too.

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  3. No need to wear gloves, and it cuts easily with regular scissors, though I don't use my good sewing scissors--don't know if it will dull them or not. It sews easily, but it is quite stiff, so I have mainly just stitched around the outside edges with a narrow zigzag.

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  4. Utterly beautiful...a perfect fit for the Japanese Gardens, too. Thanks for the link!

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  5. Classically beautiful! I wish they could be viewed larger and in more detail.

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  6. Beautiful. I love the grid design and the composition. How big were they? Congratulations on selling them!

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  7. vickyth3:51 PM

    Fabulous! Any chance that we could see a close-up of the etalled portions?

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