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Foiling

Lucilla Warren

There are several different brands of foils, and each type uses its own glue, so be sure to get the glue that works with the brand of foil you are using. Foiling rubs off more easily than paint or dye, and so it works best on wall hangings and other textile creations that do not encounter a lot of abrasion or wear. The glue can be applied with a brush, a stencil or stamping, depending on the design you wish to create.


Steps

  1. Cover your work surface with plastic, freezer paper or newspaper to protect it.    
  2. Place absorbent paper under your fabric while applying the glue to absorb the excess.    
  3. Brush, stencil or stamp your design on your fabric, using the techniques applicable to that style (see Stenciling on Fabric or Stamping on Fabric).    
  4. Let the glue dry to tacky.    
  5. Place the fabric on a hard surface such as a table or a cutting board. Protect the surface with a layer of fabric. (Ironing boards are often too soft to get a good adhesion.)    
  6. Cut out a piece of foiled paper to cover the area of the glue. Be careful not to iron areas of the glue without having the foiled paper on them. This will dry out the glue so that nothing will adhere – and you will get glue on your iron!    
  7. Lay the foiled paper with the color side up – that is, you must be able to see the color as you look at it.    
  8. Using a medium warm iron, iron the paper to the glue. A hot iron will often not adhere as well as a medium warm one.