Mar 25, 2016

the Ink Spots

Greetings folks.  I want to wish everyone a joyous Easter.  We won't be having our traditional breakfast and dinner this year.  The fresh turkey I bought for Thanksgiving is finally making its way out of the freezer and will be the first time ever, a bird will be gracing the Easter table.  Not happy about that, but it's easier than arguing with my sister.
 
My right arm and hand are numb again so stitching is hit and miss but I am plugging along.  A few more stitches and the four rows of over one begin.  There is a large center heart done in the queen that isn't stitched yet and I haven't decided if I will do it or change it.  R&R's reproductions are charted as the samplers are found including missing stitches.  I usually fill them in and did on the top of Hannah, but decided to follow the chart for the mid section.  What bothered me was the color I chose for green, 731, way too yellowish.  The entire sampler is my own choice and darker than the original.  I didn't want to go back and change it so I got my artist brushes out and inked it.  Yep.  Inked it.  Ranger archival ink pad.
It's not a great difference but the yellow is toned down considerably and just fine now.  In this photo, the 1234 and large motif on the left were inked.  Always looking for the easy end to a problem. 
Using the small flat brush on the raised thread is quite easy, very light touch.  By not holding the brush upright, having it horizontal, the bristles don't touch the linen.  I used a liner brush for a few. 
 
This looks better.  Still undecided as to filling in missing stitches, or leaving as is and aging when finished.  That's another reason I am not too concerned about inking over threads, I age pieces with spots anyway so if I happen to smudge the linen, (or make a chocolate fingerprint) it will not be noticed at all and contribute to the look.
 
 
The blue linen came out fabulous.  I ordered three dark pieces anyway, Gunmetal Dolphin and Charcoal.  Why?  I can get the shade I want myself!  But you never know for sure.  When I dye, I'm using scraps or linen that I do not like as samples.  The next piece I try may not come out the same and that's happened.  The sources and colors of my old linens are unknown so each could dye differently.
Staying home and chewing on Advil today, Mark is golfing (it's 38 degrees), maybe we will go out later for a few errands.  My printer that died again, may be running after my 4 day fix.  If it is, I will try to offer a few boxes for April but I'm not sure.  The new monster sized printer I purchased after the first death does not print the quality I want and it's sitting in the basement.  Just don't have the gumption to shop for another right now.

For Elaine - I can't reply to your comment or email you.  The pincushions are by Hands on Designs.  The series is called Block PartyBuzz, Java, Home, and Wool are the chart titles.  You can find all four here.
 
I won't be back until after Easter so I want to again wish you all a Happy Easter!!
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
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16 comments:

CalamityJr said...

Your ink job worked perfectly; you are so clever! Hope you feel better soon and are able to enjoy your holiday bird. Have a blessed Easter weekend.

Janet said...

A very Happy Easter to you too :)

Janet said...

A very Happy Easter to you too :)

Marjorie Downey said...

Marly, I had the same problem with numbness down my right arm and in my hand last year. Turned out to be Thoracic Outlet Syndrome where the bundle of nerves coming out of the neck are compressed. 3-4 weeks of chiropractic care and it was completely gone! BTW, found out that slumping forward stitching was contributing to it!

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Enjoy the lovely weather, hope your arm and hand are better soon. Happy Easter!

Ann K. said...

Easter blessings to you and your family!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I would never have thought of inking the threads Marly but it definitely made a positive difference. We're going traditional for Easter since ham is one of my daughter's favorite things. Not sure what else would count as traditional except we always have had hash brown potato casserole so that's on the menu along with an English pea salad that my husband's grandmother always made but we haven't had in at least 15 years. It doesn't really matter what we eat though, just that we are together. Blessings and Happy Easter, Marlene

diamondc said...

Marly: You always seem to make me smile, I caught the chocolate comment so cute.
We do not eat ham too much salt for us, but I love the flavor, a turkey is okay with me I love turkey.
I do hope your hand is better soon, I have had a problem in the past.
I love the technique you use with the brush simply ingenious, I have never dyed a fabric before maybe I should try this.
Good luck on your printer they seem to all be finicky and work only when they want to.

Blessings
Happy Easter
Catherine

Cricket-bug Corner said...

I love the way the ink works - I think it looks great darker. Happy Easter!

Vickie said...

Happy Easter Marly!

Jacqueline said...

Such a clever fix. I doubt my hand would be light or steady enough.

Happy Easter Marly to you and yours.

Maggee said...

Thanks for sharing! Have a great Easter Weekend! Hugs!

Mary said...

Happy Easter Marly, I hope you enjoy your dinner. Great fix on sampler too, love kitties photo.

Amanda said...

Using an ink pad and bristle brush to adjust a color; chocolate smudges are an antiquing effect on linen. And you know when to pick your battles; turkey only holds for so long in the freezer any way. Marly, you are brilliant.

Margaret said...

Happy Easter to you. You are so brave and very clever at solving your color problems.

kelley said...

Happy Easter, turkey and all...I had a chicken quesadilla for lunch after visiting Mom, nothing like living alone to take the tradition out of holidays...I overdyed an entire hooked rug once so I understand the brave action with the ink...love seeing the cats as always...

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