Dec 9, 2013

Daredevil or stupid?

Hiya.  I know I've made some of you cringe before, but this may top them all.  When I coffee stained my old light sage Aida Santas, I was happy with the change.  My first attempt and I got a little sloppy with the stain.  Just as with inkpad aging, a light touch with a brush gives more control.  I either dabbed or sprayed the coffee and made somewhat of a mess.  I'm still practicing with the inkpad and found that the first contact is very dark so I touch the brush to a scrap piece one time after swiping the inkpad and it works better for me.  It also came off for me with the stamp cleaner but needs to be washed or dabbed with a little soap so the cleaner doesn't leave a mark.  Getting complicated isn't it?  Well think about this!  Clorox!  Yep.  Here they are before...
And here they are after...
 
I did the whole group and although I love aging (not my own - my stitchery), I like to see contrast of light threads, especially on Santa.
 
Here's what I did.  Using a Q-tip, I lightly moistened the end, pulled the tip, cut off the excess, and rolled the fuzz for a tight end.   By not having a lot of cotton on the tip, it can't hold much liquid, and I had more control with it narrower. Then I dipped it in straight bleach, not enough to have it sopping wet, just touched it to the small amount I poured into the bottle's cap.  Very gently and lightly, went over the stitches.   Since they are raised from the fabric and the cotton tip is moistened, not dripping wet, the bleach didn't touch the fabric or spread to other threads.  I even used a toothpick that was dipped to touch the top of the stitch in areas like these..
I can see in this photo that I didn't get all the stitches.  They are so close to the fabric color that I missed them, but they're fine.  The cuffs and hems which contain reds and greens in these designs, did not change.  The tip needs to be twisted to tighten often so no stray fuzz touches anywhere else. I almost made a large error by not realizing that the bleach was on my fingertips every time I twisted.  But I caught that before I made any finger spots on the pieces.  So there you go.  Another reckless maneuver that came out well!
I had planned on stitching them again on linen but they were my first Santas, and are a reminder to the days when it was all new to me.  I've decided to hang them with all the others, including my recent finishes, one one tree instead of scattered on several.  That's tomorrow.  Being a reckless daredevil wore me out.
 
Thanks for visiting!!
 
 

22 comments:

Primitive Stars said...

I love the look you daredevil, Francine.

Shirlee said...

Francine is right ... you are a daredevil! I'm so glad this works! I will keep it in mind!

Jacqueline said...

They came out very well.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Great job, you wild and crazy woman!

Simply Victoria said...

Love the effects you got from doing this. I'm just not sure I could be as brave with bleach...

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Fabulous!! Wild woman!!

Maggee said...

Another technique to file away for the future... Thanks!! Hugs!

Bev C said...

Hello Marly,

This is interesting, will the bleach have any effect of the condition of the threads over time?

Happy days.
Bev.

Barb said...

They came out great. I'd be way too chicken to try what you did!!

Jackie said...

I love the bright white with everything else aged!

Judy said...

I love whe you share your techniques with us! I so want to do the aging thing (not mine--my stitching)...but I am crazy, scared to do it!

Judy Heartland stitcher

Carole said...

You are one "gutsy" babe! I must tell you all my pears I stuck with cloves last year stayed absolutely perfect wrapped in tissue and stuck in a plastic bag...I was sure I would find them either soggy or covered in mildew.....they are perfect! Thanks for your "tutorial" last year....and by the way, Rocklin (next to Roseville, CA) had some of that "white crap" (of which you speak so highly) falling yesterday!

backporchcarver said...

Thanks for the great tip, I just know it will be put to use in my future. I love the reindeer in the first picture, he is a real charmer.

gracie said...

Great lesson and thanks for sharing.

Lida said...

Easyer to color the fabric before embroiding! But your result just looks fab! Hugs
Lida

Three Sheep Studio said...

It's fun being wreckless !!
Nice outcome !
Rose

C. M. Designs said...

OH, so nice, Marly.
You are brave to do the staining after so much stitching. Thank you letting us know how you do it..
Looking forward to seeing your Santa tree.
Charlotte in Va.-----we may get over six inches of the white stuff today (Tues.) that you love so well. That's more than we've had in the last two years..

Chris said...

They look amazing Marly! So nice to have them finished.

Vickie said...

hahaha! I read your first sentence and guessed correctly what you were going to try!! I couldn't do that!!

Pam in IL said...

You scare me, but I love the look you achieved! I would imagine the bleach worked much like the stain pen I have in the laundry room.

Mary said...

Your Santas - as akways - are such an inspiration! Everything looks great.

Martha Doe said...

Hi Marly, Im new to this blog and I'm loving it!

Your Santas are terrific! Thanks for the tips!

!

Martha

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