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4. Now, carefully cut around the outline of the traced image on the Bondaweb, making sure that you are cutting through both layers of fabric precisely. It might help to place a few pins through the layers to keep the bottom layer of fabric in place while you are cutting.


5. Once finished, you will have two mirror image shapes of exactly the same size. Now, peel off the paper backing from the shape with the Bondaweb attached, place the wrong sides of your shapes together, making sure that the edges match as well as possible and press with a hot iron to bond. You should now have a perfect double-sided fabric shape!


6. Repeat until you have created the required number of shapes for your mobile.


that you need. I found it easier to hang the embroidery hoop from a lampshade first so that I could attach the fabric shapes to the frame while it was hanging and decide on where to position each piece as I worked.


8. To do this, cut two long and equal lengths of nylon thread. Tie the first length of thread from one side of the hoop to the other – attaching the ends of the thread to the hoop at the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock position. Then tie the second length of thread to the hoop at the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock position. Next take a smaller length of thread to create a loop at the point at which your two long lengths of thread intersect. Use this loop to hang the frame to a lampshade, hook or end of a curtain rod.


If necessary, you can apply


more spray-on starch to further stiffen the shapes at this stage.


7. To complete your mobile, separate the two parts of the embroidery hoop.


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9. Use a needle to attach the invisible nylon thread to your fabric shapes, knot the thread in place and then attach each shape to the embroidery hoop in whatever arrangement you feel works best. I used different


lengths of thread to hang my larger animal shapes by themselves and then interspersed these with strands of smaller shapes hung on the same thread, in a garland effect. Trim any excess threads.


Stand back and admire your beautiful mobile!


For personal use only Images courtesy of Verity Warne


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