Jul 3, 2012

Frogging season part 2

Hello everybody.  You won't believe it.  Well....maybe you will.  Before I get to the floss dilemma, I want to wish you all a celebratory but safe 4th.  My old 8' pull-down style flag is pretty faded so I moved it to the deck and got a new one. 
The pull-downs are always too long at 8' but I like the style.  Why did it take me years to  buy a 3x5 and fold it back?  I don't believe cutting to create the other style would be considered defacing,  but mine is folded and stitched to the back because I may change my mind and want the full 3 x 5 size. It's a perfect fit for a door and here's the end result. 














Here's my old one hanging on the deck.  I love the way it looks at night.
On to the floss.  So what happens to the sampler threads over the years?  Fading if in light, dingy and dirty from age.  It wouldn't become a warmer shade, more of a ..... gray.   Rit's pearl gray?   Possibly.   Oh no!!  I'm dyeing again!  Half of these skeins were dipped as a test and I'm anxious to try the others. 

There is a good possibility that I will stick with the original thread colors and dunk them into the dye.  I still may have to change a few but this could be the answer to future projects too, instead of wasting time pulling other colors.  I was wondering if after graying the colors I should do a quick bleach dip to get a faded look, and then decided it isn't worth it.  Never thought of this before so between the folded flag and the floss aging, I'm either on a roll or way behind the wagon.  
Thanks for your visit and have a safe holiday! 

20 comments:

Barbara said...

I agree....I love how your flag looks on your deck at night. I really must try this dyeing of DMC floss. I want to stitch the Stitcher's Sampler by Nouveau Encore but just can't decide on a color. Maybe my answer is in dyeing one myself. I'll let you know how it goes Marly. Happy 4th!
Barbara

Angie said...

Hi Marly~
Happy 4th! Love the flags~especially the one on the door!

samplerlover said...

Hi Marly, Happy 4th of July. Your flags look lovely. - Sandra.

Margaret said...

I love what you did with both flags. Beautiful! The floss experiment looks interesting too. Good luck!

Lanie said...

Marly, dyeing the too-bright colors gray ... that's genius! Love how the new "aged" colors look. That just might be the answer for my "Ann Rayner". As much as I like her, the colors are just a little too bright for me.

Also love your deck ... your porch swings look so inviting!

Happy 4th!

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

Love them with the gray. Fab idea and one I will be using. I'm writing it down as we speak.
Happy 4th and thanks for the tip!
Nan

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Hi, Marly, Happy 4th.
I like the way your flag came out, and the floss looks good. I'm going to try some dyeing with my Rit liquid dye in Tan.
Thanks for visiting me and wishing me well.
Hugs,
Susan

Primitive Stars said...

Hello Marly, great idea,love the way the flags look. Your porch also looks so inviting, would always be sitting out on the swing. Hooray for the Red, White and Blue, enjoy, Blessings Francine.

Patty C. said...

Happy 4th !!

Chris said...

Happy 4th Marly! The dunk test colors look great.

Katherine said...

That's very interesting with the gray dying. Note - flag should not be on floor.

prim_bug said...

Marly,
How smart is that? Love the idea of dunking the floss in dye. That's awesome. Those colors are so much nicer.
The flags look amazing as well. I was thinking that those swings were on your porch calling everyone to come and swing on them. Absolutely inviting. Love it!!! Have a great 4th!

P.J. said...

Happy 4th. Love your star spangled decorations! Especially your door! You are braver than I to dye your floss, but love the results. I really do like it.

Shirlee said...

Your flags look great! As I have said before you really have a gift when it comes to decorating : ) Cool idea for the floss!

Sherry said...

I love the flag and how it looks at night. Beautiful. I will have to try my hand at dyeing some threads. Looks like fun.

Vickie said...

It's always something with you! :) Your flags look great. What a fabulous deck you have. Happy Fourth!

Melissa said...

You have a lovely deck there! I can imagine you sitting there celebrating the Fourth! Happy Day!

Vera said...

HI Marly, Your flags look super -- especially the night shot-- love that one! Floss looks wonderful too. I don't know where you get your energy... Happy 4th, Vera

TheCrankyCrow said...

OOOOOO....Ahhhhh....I'm lovin' those dyed flosses...Me thinks that's the perfect ticket Marly my Girl!! Love them! And hurray for the flags!!! I so wanna come swing with you - what a wonderful place to be! Smile & Red, White & Blue Hugs ~ Robin

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Such a neat idea for toning down the brights! We have to say, menobrain may take a minute, but yours works very well!

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