I took a workshop with Esterita Austin at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago called Sheers To You! Fused sheer fabrics were used to create a piece of wall art. As Esterita writes in her course description, fused sheer fabrics are the 'building blocks for a translucent shimmering still life that will glow and sparkle while adding depth to your fibre art piece'. No sewing machines were used in this class. Please visit her website and have a look around.
Here's a few photos of Esterita's samples (more on her website)