I think everyone of a certain age knows of the June Taylor dancers . . . they appeared on the Jackie Gleason show (a black-and-white TV show). In case you don't know (or remember) them, here's a little video:
I can remember watching the kaleidoscopic portion of the dance routine, and thinking, "gee, what great patterns!!" Of course, nowadays, I'm familiar with mandalas, but I thank June Taylor for introducing me to the concept.
Now, if you've followed me for any length of time, you know that my favorite construction technique is foundation piecing. I use starch-stiffened muslin for my foundation instead of paper because who has time to rip out all that paper afterwards?? It's quite a process: wash the muslin in hot water to shrink it; cut the dried muslin in 9-inch strips; soak the strips in a liquid starch/water solution; lay out the strips to dry; iron the strips flat; cut the strips into 9-inch squares; then, stencil or stamp the design on the squares.
Well, that changed. (You're probably wondering what took so long.)
I tried ironing freezer paper to the muslin, trimming the paper/muslin to 8-inch squares, then feeding them through my inkjet printer. I was surprised that it actually worked (and took much less effort than my previous method). The problem cropped up when it came to separating the muslin from the freezer paper; the muslin would distort outta shape (mind you, there was no starch on the muslin).
Back to the drawing board . . .
I recently tried June Tailor's Perfect Piecing. It's a non-woven, transparent sheet that feeds through my inkjet printer (though sometimes, the sheet just feeds through without getting printed on, or it jams). It comes in packages of 25 sheets. I can easily sew my fabric to it; either side, since it's fairly transparent. Once sewn, it can even be left in as a stabilizer (or, because I'm too lazy to tear it all out). I like the stuff!!
I'd recommend you go out and buy some (just not here in St. Louis, because I'm buying all I can find)!!
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