and then it was time to settle to a project. I wanted to create a banner, and started with some fabric serviettes that came from my grandmother.
On the day I trimmed them to size
and had a wee play with layout
Love the turquoise colour scheme but I don't want to keep the serviettes the original colour so once home, I dyed some samples
You can see what I used above - method :: swipe the distress ink onto baking paper (you can see the used bit underneath the fabric) then spritz with water - it will make the distress ink bead up. Swipe the fabric over to soak up the colour. Luckily I captured what each was in my calendar journal :-)
So the first 2 samples were just the swiped distress inks method, but the second 2 were oversprayed. I let them sit for a few days while I tried to decide which effect I liked best, and then when I dyed the actual serviettes I used another combination!
Dry them flat - if you hang them, you will get dye running down away from the pegs. Here they are dry and ready for decoration
Experimenting with layout
This was happening in my calendar journal ::
I love using found text from large print books in my work, and wanted to include them in the banner. Had another test using gel medium and tacky glue to see which worked best.
I liked the tacky glue under, and gel medium on top. A couple of the banners needed a little something extra, so out came the gold paint and stencils
The silk paper and serviettes adhered well with mistyfuse
I added a felt back using temporary fabric basting spray before I started stitching.
And here is the banner complete :-)
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The daisies were punched from cardstock that had been gelli printed some time ago
I enjoyed using a combination of machine, hand stitching and beads for different effects. I used staz-on ink for the fantail above and the butterflies below since I dyed over them, but the other stamp pad of the seed heads I didn't take note of since I won't be washing this piece.
So very happy with how this project turned out. Although it is my own original creation, I must give a nod to the initial inspirations which were a combination of Gentlework's Botanical Bunting, and this project
in Ruth Rae's lovely book