Friday, February 22, 2019

February Smalls 2019 Check-in

Hi Y'all,

Good afternoon y'all,

I cannot believe it is the end of the month.  Time for another check-in for the Smalls SAL hosted by Mary at Mary's Threads.

I don't have many smalls this month but that is ok.  I have been working on quite a few larger projects that I will update you on next week.

The first finish is February cupcake from the series A Year In Cupcakes by Durene Jones on Etsy.
I should have this ffo'd for the FFO SAL in a few weeks.

I used the called for colors on some 28ct Monaco fabric.  I just think it is so cute.

This next one I finished late last night.  I need to get a smaller needle to sew some beads for his eyes.  Again, I should have this completely ffo'd by the FFO SAL check in.

This is called Angel Kiss by The Cricket Collection.  It was in the 2008 JCS ornament issue.  I also did this for the Christmas Ornament SAL.  I used Hobby Lobby silver metallic thread.  It wasn't as brutal as I thought when I figured it all out.  I started using 2 strands but was bulky and shredding.  I started over using 1 strand and small lengths and it was more manageable.  I stitched it on 32ct white Lugana and called for DMC threads.

Lastly, I am not sure if it fits the criteria, however, it does come in parts that are released every 2 weeks.  I am dragging my heals with part 4, but it will get done by the end of next week.

Here is part 3 of Mimi's SAL.

With my old eyes, I mistook the symbol for the numbers 1 and 2, and I will eventually have to pull them out and use the darker thread like the number 3 but I will worry about that later.  I still love it; just a little upset at myself for the mistake.  Oh well, I found putting it on my phone and enlarging the pattern helps to read the symbols.

Anyway,  I just want to thank everyone for taking the time to visit my blog and to comment.  It makes my day.

Have a great weekend!
Mary

Monday, February 11, 2019

Fully Finished SAL - February

Good Morning Y'all,


Thank you to Rachel at the Ten Hour Stitcher  for  hosting this SAL.  It is a great way to not only finish our projects, but to keep them out of the unfinished boxes.  You can join at any time, and is a fun way to meet people.  The link to Rachel's blog is here

I have been able to stitch and fully finish one ornament this month.  It was really more detailed and time consuming than I thought it would be, but it was totally worth it.  I just love how it turned out.

Details:  Christmas Morning Goodies by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
               2018 JCS Ornament issue
               Fabric: 28ct evenweave acrylic dyed by me
                           called for DMC floss
               Finished: as a flat ornament

Thank You so much for looking.  I can't wait to check out everyone's beautiful work.

Happy Stitching,
Mary

Friday, February 8, 2019

My version on how to dye fabric with Acrylic Paint

Hi y'all,

I tried to do a video yesterday and it was so awkward.  I thought that I would show photos and explain it here on my blog.  It has been about 8 months since I tried dyeing with acrylics and it took a few setbacks to remember how I did it.

I went to Pinterest to search for ideas and I found a few websites for inspiration.  Here are some things they don't tell you but trust me you really need to listen up.

1.)  You gotta wear gloves.  I didn't because I was trying to make a video and after awhile my hands started getting irritated and itchy.

2.)  You need to be in a well vent area.  It will give off fumes while applying the mix and when it is wet.  As soon as I closed my window I could really smell the fumes and you don't want that.  I didn't have a choice because it was raining like crazy.  Today, it isn't raining; however, it is 20 degrees.  I decided to go into my garage and open it up a crack and then proceeded to apply the paint to the fabric.  I am leaving it out there for awhile and then bringing it in to completely dry.

3.) Everything that you use has to be for dyeing only.  I use old placemats, paint brushes, measuring cups/spoons, recycled plastic cups, tupperwear, spoons and old baking sheets, etc.  Dollar tree and thrift stores are great places to get items cheaply.

4.) Just like with any other techniques of dyeing fabric, you should always wet fabric to get sizing out.  Also, dye adheres to wet fabric better than dry fabric.

***Inspiration***

The first website I found was here and it was very helpful.  Even though it is for garments, the items you need to use is the same. 

I also found this here and feel they give a better explanation on the steps.

*** Now onto my techniques***

There are 3 types of ways I have dyed the fabric and I love each one of them.  I choose the technique based on the look I want to achieve.  The main thing is that you have acrylic paint and paint medium.

On a side note, brand is not as important as the fact that is says fabric medium.  It is hard to find at the craft stores but if you go on Amazon and search up Fabric medium for acrylic paint you will find a large variety to choose from.  Just read the directions.  This brand says to do 2/1 ratio.

I have tried metallic and some of the other specialty paint and it didn't come out very well. 


**No matter if you dilute it with water or not you need to mix the acrylic paint with the medium.  Trust me, if you don't, it will be a uneven, clumpy hot mess that you will just throw away. 

If you go the route of watering down the paint, (I do this way the most), it is 1 teaspoon of acrylic paint, 1/2 teaspoon of medium and 1/4 cup of water.  Mix well, sometimes you have to consistently mix it while applying to fabric.

You can double the amount or adjust the amount as needed.

The pictures are not that great because my house is like a dungeon, but here is the first one I did today.

I used a foam brush and brushed the paint onto the fabric (32ct Belfast Linen).  You can do it with one color or make any design you want.  I did both side just to make sure it was covered.  You let it dry completely and then iron.  I will come back and show you the results.  You do not wash out the dye like rit because then it will totally wash away. 



Second way.  I picked out 2 colors of blue and prepared it with the acrylic, medium and water combo.  I packed the wet fabric (32ct Belfast Linen) in an old cup and then poured each color over the fabric.  It turned out really pretty; like the sky.  Do not wash out, let it dry and then iron.

This one is actually a very pretty turquoise.  I used the same technique with one color and made sure that it was totally covered.  It is a Joblean and I wish the picture looked better. Again, do not wash out, just dry and iron.


You can also ice dye, it will make it slightly different.

Third way:  mix the acrylic and medium together without water. 

You scrunch your wet fabric (14ct Aida) in a cup, layer it with ice.  Spoon the acrylic/medium mix over the ice (you can use multiple colors)  I chose an orange and gold.  Once the ice is melted, you have to rinse out the dye because it will be globby otherwise.  I have to say, I didn't really like it when it was wet. Now that it is dry, I am so in love with it.  It is gold, orange with undertones of peach and light gold.

*** Sometimes no matter how much you mix the dye you might get a little clump here and there, it isn't a big deal.

On a side note:

You will know you are successful if you hold it up into a light and you can see the holes and little to no clumps to prohibit you from stitching.  As you can see, I used Aida, evenweave and linen as examples and they are all clump free and ready to stitch on.

 I hope that this has helped you in the joys of acrylic dyeing.  Have fun and happy stitching.

Mary

Friday, February 1, 2019

January 2019 wip round-up

Hi y'all,
Hope everyone that is affected by the Polar vortex is hanging in there. Our coldest day in Western Kentucky was on Wednesday and it was 15 degrees but with the wind chill of -4. I realize we were very lucky.
Crazy thing is, we will be in the 60's this weekend. Unfortunately, it won't last.

Now onto the stitch goodness. I thought I would post a round-up of all the larger projects I have been working on.  I have about 7 wips but not all of them got into the rotation.

Here is what made its way into my hands.

1st is a new start. It is my fist Nora Corbett and I love her so much! It is called Geranium Fairy.

I am stitching her with called for floss on 28ct Joblean in Lambswool.

2nd, is Darth Vader. He is my Wednesday project. It is for my sister Dawn. It is on some 28ct Monaco that I hand-dyed. I am so sad that they are discontinuing this fabric.


The next project was also a new start for the SAL in Bewitching Stitches Facebook group. It is from the 2016 JCS Halloween issue. It is called The Key by Stitchyfish Designs. I hand-dyed 32ct Belfast linen.
Last but not least, I started a SAL by Mimi. She has a beautiful blog. I will post it next time. Unfortunately, the sign up is closed. I have to keep up with each part and is released every 2 weeks. I am working on the 3rd one now.

My after and before picture.
I am using the called for DMC on 32ct Ivory linen.

Thank you so much for looking and for your kind comments.

Mary


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