Jan 14, 2015

Much better

When I was mixing Rit colors to create the shade I want, I saved the dye baths in large glass canning jars.  They last forever.  For a small piece of fabric or linen, I can stick it in the jar and shake, or add some to a spray bottle.   Much quicker and easier than another mess in the sink.  I used the soft brown all over and the greenish gray around the edges, then a light mist of it over the brown.  Poured the sprayer back into the jars and I'm done.  Much better.
I didn't want to give you the impression that I am critical of my finishing, I just don't care.  Really.  Why is that?  I feel I need to make excuses for destroying a piece for the sake of appearance which is not what most needleworkers do!   When I want a really aged piece, I'll run it over with the car if I have to.  I'm not that drastic with larger samplers (thank goodness) but smalls are usually bullied by me.  So what do you think makes a piece look older?  I should think about this before starting a project with that goal.  I guess first off, coarse dark linen which I failed to use here.  Most of the antique samplers have fine and high thread count linen......am I correct?  But that scares me. 
I think the only sampler I have that looks older to me, is Eliz Laidman in GAST Uniform Blue.  I really really like the look and it only needed a few stains, darker around the edges, and overall light aging.  If I would have used 3768 or 930, would it have turned out as pleasing?  I'll bet not.  So the threads also make a difference.  I'm considering pulling out my flower thread and testing the results of that matte look.  This isn't rocket science - we all know that the fabric ground and the color of thread would certainly change the look.  But it's hard to visualize the completed piece, just as I thought 3011 would be perfect for Harriet.  It isn't. 
I wasn't going to tell you but I will.  I tried Krylon Matte Finish spray #1311 on stitchery.  It dulls the shiny but also protects from dust and moisture.  Since most of my projects are not protected by glass, many smalls lying around are being handled, I wanted to test it.  If I could remember which pieces were sprayed, I could determine if it worked.  I think I showed it before when I used it on shiny braid trim to dull it.
 
Since giving away or selling lots of charts I knew I would never stitch, my stash isn't overloaded.  But I realized that I have very little in kit and ready to go.  Maybe I should take the time and get the linen and threads ready, keeping in mind my vision for the completed piece.  Not throwing linen rolls all over and making myself nuts trying to chose a piece every time I start a new project will be a big time saver.  I just have to grow up and cut into that yard.  Damn that hurts, but as a reader commented - I can always buy more.  It's hard when you can't see the browns of the unbleached, raw, natural, for each has its own shade.  But I have my dye jars, walnut stain, and leftover coffee.  How much easier this will be!  Just chose a design - the rest is in the  file, the linen drawers will be lighter, and less chocolate will be needed.  Husband picked up Carole's meds and while waiting, came home with M&M peanut butters.  Gone in a day.  I wish I could control myself.
 
I  found that the new verification for comments isn't necessary.  I don't prove I'm not a robot and the comment posts anyway.
 
Baby it's cold outside!!!
 
Have a great day!
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
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22 comments:

donnacrafts said...

Yes, I agree sometimes I just want to stitch after a long day not 'play' with color. Your work is just perfect

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

Thank you for explanation of Doves, I thought they were paper hankies!! I didn't think I would, but I do prefer the 'primitived' version. Irene xxx

backporchcarver said...

Love the way it turned out finally. I learn so much here, I like the idea of saving your dyes in the glass jars, great idea, and the krylon! I am going to spray all my samplers today, I don't use glass either so I think that is a great idea.

Truus said...

A great idea saving the dyes in jars-thanks!
Love your work as it turned out.
In a ready-to-make packet I always change some of the colors because I don't like them.
Take care Marly
greetings Truus from the Netherlands

Robin said...

I really like how your Bucks Co. piece turned out. And I am still drooling over finished Eliz Laidman.

Looking forward to hearing about the flower thread and your dyeing experiment.

Robin in Virginia

Mary said...

I love the way you finished or abused the piece. You are very brave. Love the cat photo too. I wish my two were that close. The closest they come to it is one inside a paper bag and the other one standing guard outside the opening, not letting her out. Mainly because the male out is too big to fit in the bag completely, not fat just one of those BIG cats.

Merry Wind Farm said...

Marly, your aging process is always perfect! I copied your idea and use the ink from Hobby Lobby too, but I am usually to lazy to use a paintbrush and just randomly rub it on. I did once dye a large sampler, a Scottish piece from Essamplaire. It did take a lot of nerve to dunk the whole thing in walnut dye, but I thought it was too bright and couldn't get much worse! Your kitties look comfy, what ever happened with the mean outside cat?
Melinda

ronda at simple thyme prims said...

Love the new finish! ... what a great idea spraying with Krylon .. love your kitties!!

Cindy's Stitching said...

Your posts crack me up. The pieces look great

C. M. Designs said...

Now your bag looks as if it was stitched back in the 1860s. You knew just what to do to "fix" it. Your sampler is gorgeous done in the Uniform blue. I chuckled when I read about you running over a piece of work with your car if you wanted to.
I like your idea of getting your linen, charts and thread together ready to go. Less stress and a quicker get away.
Your kitty family is so cute and so blessed. I hope the bad cat is gone away from your door.
Have a warm, cozy and peaceful evening.
Charlotte in Virginia

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Marly,
Your bag is just wonderful!! Love all your pieces and how you age them! I didn't know you could save dye so that is a great tip!
I have a hard time cutting into fabric period!!!! Guess that is why I have too much!! Oh, wait! You can NEVER have TOO MUCH, right??
Loved the kitties too!
Warm Hugs~
Julie

Margaret said...

Both pieces are looking wonderful! The kitties look so happy in the chair. Can I have your chair btw? lol!

Maggee said...

WE DO learn a lot from you in your posts. Thank you for sharing!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Much better!!! I do so admire all you do.
I noticed that with the word verification, too. What's up with that? I guess Blogger just wants to keep us on our toes.
It is cold here in Ohio, too, but at least the sun was shining.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Barb said...

I guess the one thing I like about doing the cross stitch is that there is really not a "right" way or "right" color. It's whatever makes you happy!

Mary A said...

All is well as long as the cats are cozy...

Catherine said...

Always love your finishes and information!

Marie said...

I love the aged look and you certainly do a great job achieving it. Thanks for the tip on saving RIT dye in a jar. Love the finished bag.

chickenchupacabra said...

You asked, "So what do you think makes a piece look older?" For me, the look of your Eliz Laidman looks authentically old because of the all-over light staining & particularly because of the once-in-awhile darker "plops". (on a truly old piece, probably due to someone touching the fabric w/ a greasy finger or a miscellaneous stain absorbed while in storage.) Heck, why not go at it w/ scissors to make it look like mouse nibbles while in storage??? I know - too gross!

Shirlee said...

The dye worked wonders! Maybe I should send you my prim projects to age for me : ) Krylon? I like that idea! I don't see how it could ruin anything.

Jean Bee said...

I love the finished look! I also love that pinkeep with the bird on it...did you make it? If so can you share the patternmaker...I'd love to get it if I don't already have it! I have to remember to look at my patterns before I order new ones as I have a lot of duplicates!

Anon E. Mouse said...

Always love seeing what you're working on. And love seeing the kitties all snuggling safe and warm.

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