Hope everyone is fine and dandy. Which rhymes with candy. Chocolate. Damn.
After aging the piece with the Ranger Archival ink pad and brush, I moved on to the backing. The fabric was fine but I wanted a darker look (too lazy to get the walnut stain), so I turned the pad over and lightly moved it over the fabric.
You can see the difference after inking. Make sure it is dry before ironing.
I had extra fabric at the top of the sampler and decided to make a flap because the linen excess wasn't enough to save.
Using one piece of very thick quilt batting for the fill, I folded the backing fabric over the bat, folded the linen, and stitched it by hand on the edges. In case I want to hang it, a piece of jute was laid in the top fold before turning down. The corners are not stitched, just left a little opening for the jute to slide around and either be removed or added back later.
So here she hangs after all the inking and with the sliding jute, front and back.
Wouldn't this finish be a nice idea if you wanted to personalize? That flap can have the date, initials, sentiment, and not be a part of the design. I personally don't like to date and initial but this way would be acceptable and I think a great idea.
The original sampler is wider and more rectangular, probably because of the linen weave. I added the dividing band under the first line which isn't in the chart but in the photo, and made a few other changes by looking at them both. I am considering this on Havana linen with 822 substituted for the pinks. I can visualize it - I like it - but will I do it?
Got a room for the week in Cleveland with shuttle service to the Clinic, microwave and mini fridge in the room which will help with snacks and meals.
That's all I got! Taking Carole to the lab soon and her driveway can double as a luge training track so wish us luck. If you don't make the curve coming down the ridiculously steep hill, you go head first over the eight foot straight down bank. Freezing rain between the snowfalls has made such a thick layer of ice and it can't be scraped off.
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