fiber arts!

Discussion in 'Make It So' started by jacktrash, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    behold the cute stitch markers i got! so seasonal! also the yarn and measure frog.


    loot pile gloato (a photo for gloating):

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  2. IvyLB

    IvyLB Hardcore Vigilante Gay Chicken Facilitator

    holy shit i adore those stitch markers where are they from?
  3. theprettiestboy

    theprettiestboy wombatman

    oh man those are cute as hell
  4. TheOwlet

    TheOwlet A feathered pillow filled with salt and science

    so i just did some measuring and the skirt hem i wanna embroider is 6.75m long (a little over 22ft). That means that the panel i wanna do, which is 25cm long if I include a little bit of separation space between the panels i gotta do 27 panels

    rip my wrist?

    Does anyone have any tips for idiots like me who wanna find out why handembroidered anything is so expensive
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  5. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    i got them at my local yarn store, sorry i don't know if they're available anywhere else.
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  6. Sethrial MacCoill

    Sethrial MacCoill Attempts were made

    My only real advice is to not get overwhelmed, and to plan on it taking a long time.

    If you can, figure out what the longest period of time you can comfortably embroider for is. For me, it's about half an hour, but I have kinda janky hands and wrists from larping. Set aside a period of time for it every day you can, and make it part of your routine. Get a rough idea of how much you can embroider in that time, and plan out about how long this is going to take.
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  7. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox


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  8. theprettiestboy

    theprettiestboy wombatman

    i love the colors!
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  9. jacktrash

    jacktrash spherical sockbox

    malabrigo rios in 'diana'.
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  10. TheOwlet

    TheOwlet A feathered pillow filled with salt and science

    I started on my new (MASSIVE) embroidery project!

    the pattern (which I'll have to repeat 27 times.....OTL) In retrospect, i should not have gone for embroidering a fabric that's that light but Fuck It.


    And the first progress by making three rosehips and learning a new stitch (The french knot)
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  11. TheOwlet

    TheOwlet A feathered pillow filled with salt and science

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  12. Sethrial MacCoill

    Sethrial MacCoill Attempts were made

    I’m pleased as punch with how my fabric dying experiments came out. The two main secrets turned out to be mixing the dye with corn starch and heat setting it with the iron before washing. C69176AA-522D-4975-BB23-B1AB1149B92F.jpeg
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  13. IvyLB

    IvyLB Hardcore Vigilante Gay Chicken Facilitator

    o shit do you have a tutorial/instructions for that maybe? That looks super good
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  14. Sethrial MacCoill

    Sethrial MacCoill Attempts were made

    It’s actually super easy! I’ll do a little tutorial while I’m riding in the car. (No pictures, sorry. I didn’t get pictures of the process.)

    What you need:
    Liquid fabric dye
    Corn starch
    Measuring spoons
    Glass bowls
    paint brushes
    Iron and ironing board
    Towel (black is best. It’ll get stained)

    mix the liquid fabric dye with roughly equal parts corn starch glass bowls until desired consistency is achieved. More corn starch for thicker paint, less for thinner. No need to add water if you started with liquid dye. Starting with powder dye, you may have to experiment a bit.

    paint onto clean, dry fabric. Make sure to use natural dye for natural fabric and synthetic for synthetic fabric. Have the folded towel underneath to absorb the dye and wetness soaking through the fabric. Keeps your design from spreading and blurring.

    Let dry. Takes about ten minutes.

    heat set with an iron by laying and pressing down on the dry dye. Don’t rub it around or you risk smearing the dye.

    wash and dry on your normal laundry settings.

    I painted in layers, lighter purple and green first, then wash and dry, dark purple and touching up the green on the second pass.
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  15. theprettiestboy

    theprettiestboy wombatman

    that's incredibly useful, thanks!
  16. Sethrial MacCoill

    Sethrial MacCoill Attempts were made

    One more thing to add. If you have a beeswax crayon (Like the ones you get in egg dying kits around Easter) (an uncolored candle works too) you can draw on the fabric where you don’t want the dye to be and it’ll give you a good negative space or a really clean border.
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  17. TheOwlet

    TheOwlet A feathered pillow filled with salt and science

    First panel down, 26 to go!

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  18. aetherGeologist

    aetherGeologist Well-Known Member

    im not sure whether to keep it like this - the original pattern has an extra pattern of crosses around the edge, but that would involve more working with metallic thread.
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  19. TheOwlet

    TheOwlet A feathered pillow filled with salt and science

    I like it, looks finished to me!
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  20. paladinkit

    paladinkit brave little paladin

    It looks finished! Slightly sparse, but that honestly adds to the hilarity, esp given that I'm familiar with the source material for the joke.
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