And. This. Part. Was. Scary.
Actually, the part that worried me most was, after removing the embroidery hoop, I needed to trim the excess stabilizer off and I was scared I would cut the net. One misplaced snip and the whole thing could fray irretrievably. Thankfully, that didn't happen and here you see it soaking in our bathroom washbasin. After which, it came out just that little bit crumpled up.
I re-rinsed the piece to make sure that all the stabilizer was out of the net and the threads - the silk felt horrid whilst still full of half dissolved Romeo! Once it had dried again and I'd finger flattened a fair number of the silver threads, I subjected it to the book treatment overnight as you can see here.
From the bottom up:
-Thick or well folded towel(s)
-Beaded piece upside down so that the beads and stitchery sink into the towel and don't get flattened themselves and ruin the piece
You can also use this sort of method to iron beaded pieces (or those using thick threads and 3D stitches) and/or clothes. Iron from the back onto a thick layer of towelling and you'll have a lovely result. Here's the finish I got. Not 100% straight, but more than straight enough and much better than the wet version above!
This is where I bow out of this project and, next time, you can see Janet, the bride's mum, fitting the panel and some shots of the whole dress in action. ♥
Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2017