Jan 12, 2015

Aging ungracefully

Greetings!  Got snow?  We do along with everything else.  An attempt to scrape the driveway of the ice/snow layer was once again delayed because - it's snowing more.  So I thought I would bug you instead.
Before a boring bunch of photos about aging again, here's Half Harriet.  Although 3011 is one of my favorites, it wasn't working for me on this sampler. 
 
 So I decided to stop in the middle and do the project in two parts.  The bottom section is the same size as the top part so I plan on moving down the linen and finishing in dark red or black.  Both will be longer skinny pincushion/pillows and the more I think about it, the more I like the idea.  Two pieces hanging together or in a bowl, same size, same border, different colors, one is the stitcher's attribution the other the alpha. What is the correct name of the part of a sampler showing the stitcher's name, location, dates.  Attribution since the work is attributed to her?  I have searched many times for the correct reference/word of various parts or the anatomy of an antique sampler.  But since they are so individual, maybe there are no definitive terms.  Border, dividing band, motif, verse, that's the extent of my sampler vocabulary.  Anyone? 
I worked on aging Lori's design and thought I would show what I did, and ask for any tips or methods that you like to use.  The first thing was to tone down the bright green floss using a small flat brush and my ink pad.
 
I also tested the amount and intensity of the ink on the brush in the excess linen margin, then outlined the entire piece on the corners and edges.


Using my walnut stain/dye that I keep in the fridge, I flicked the brush to spatter overall, then brushed it on areas where I wanted a stain.
 
I prefer the stained areas to have that darker ring around them, and found that by dropping water onto the center, it will spread the walnut out and create it.  You know what I mean?  Like this....
Then it looks more like an actual stain to me.  This is more than I usually age but I want the pouch to look old, like it was well used.  I can just imagine the looks from friends with white furniture and modern interiors. I chose the fabric and will wait until the hot flashes take a break before I attempt to sit at the sewing machine.
  I know this blog has focused on those events and the crap that comes with menopause, but they have actually become less frequent and less intense.  Until the torsades episode in August.  I truly believe that it, and the 9 shocks needed, is what caused all of these other serious heart problems.  Everything went nuts since, and the flashes returned.  Rather than take a chance of the machine flying out the window, I will walk away if one strikes and keep a bag of Dove handy.  They were on sale after Christmas for $2.50 so I bought 20 bags.  Six are left.
 
Thanks for visiting - have a great day.
 
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Note to Kristen - I know what you mean.  My classmate became so violent, unreasonable, hallucinating, that he attacked nurses, hurt himself, became unresponsive because of the amount of meds needed to calm him, and did not recover.  He was a pastor, gentle, kind, loving, and did not deserve to leave this world in such a state.


29 comments:

Mugwump Woolies said...

i hope this week is better for you than last week! The aged look works well on this little sampler. Everything is better with chocolate.
Robyn

ronda at simple thyme prims said...

Love the look, thanks for sharing!!

C. M. Designs said...

We don't have snow, just cold, freezing rain.. I'd rather have snow.
I hope you're enjoying some really good comfort food along with your chocolate.
Your idea of dividing your "Harriet" sampler sounds interesting. And, the way you do the aging on your pieces looks great.. I wouldn't attempt to do that for fear of really destroying the work that I've finished.
I hope everything will align this week for you and your family.
Best wishes,
Charlotte in Va.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

My growing old gracefully is--
learning to use upper dentures--
and I can say that I 'hate' them--
and it is "not" going well!!!
Love all your cross stitching--
am working on a snowlady scene right now and hope to have it finished soon!!
Smiles- di and miss gracie

Ana Roat said...

I could use a bag right about now...love your staining technique too!

Sending sunny thoughts your way...!

Ana in California

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

I am really scared of messing up a finished piece of work too, but the ink staining looks manageable.
What are 'Doves'? You keep talking about them and I have no idea what they are. Stop laughing all of you!!! Irene xxx

Truus said...

Thanks for showing how you stained your work.
Find it very scary to do this on my embroidery.
Take care Marly
greetings,Truus from the Netherlands

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Love the stain pictures!

Joy said...

Love how you "aged" the piece. I too have friends who cringe when I do my aging. Have a great week!

backporchcarver said...

I am totally amazed! I am working on a sampler and also didn't like the colours (just got the alphabet done also) so started over, thinking the alphabet part I just finished was a write-off. Thanks so much for sharing your solution to that problem. I have done the water mark when aging a piece of linen before but I love your other idea's too, never thought of spattering stain on the linen(great idea) and now I am going to dig out my archival ink pads and try that. I love the way you did it around the edges and in the corners.glad you are getting some stitching time in, it is a great stress relief. At least when it is going good it is.

Vickie said...

Good solution for Harriet.
Where was Dove on sale after Christmas like that?! I would have stocked up also.

celkalee said...

Since I tend to sip tea or coffee while stitching I occasionally get the stained and aged look without even trying. (((smile)))

Margaret said...

Oh I'd be intimidated by trying to age a piece like that! You do a great job with yours though. Hope things are better for you. Continued prayers for your sister and nephew.

Angela said...

I like it! I've used walnut stain, but not the ink. You did a wonderful job. It really does look like it's been sitting in the barn for a hundred years.

Barb said...

You are so brave to do that aging, I would be a nervous wreck. It looks great!

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

your aging of the sampler is perfect my friend ~ glad to hear the power-surges are lessening :)
L

donnacrafts said...

thank you for sharing your aging techniques. I know I will do this on some of my samplers. Oh, I really like Dove also!!

Judy said...

Oh my goodness, 20 bags!!? Maybe you should try my remedy, a margarita!!! LOL. LOVE your blog, you are a riot.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Every time my hot flashes start to subside they come back with a vengeance. 10+ years is more than enough.
Yup, everything's better with chocolate.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Tammy B said...

what a neat idea about inking never thought of that

Primitive Stars said...

Morning Marly, yes got snow :). Loving the ageing look, beautiful sampler.Blessings Francine.

Carol said...

I'm always fascinated by your aging process, Marly--whether it be you aging your couch or a sampler :) It really does look old and antiquey!

I've just been a chocolate maniac lately--not sure if it's the cold or the idea of me turning 60 this week...

Kristen said...

Oh Marly, the poor man! RIP

Frances N said...

Your work is beautiful, as always, and your "aging" is looking great! I haven't tried to do that yet, but I have some ink I'm going to try soon!
I'm on a chocolate kick right now, and I know I shouldn't but I do it anyway!!

dee holley said...

Love, love, love your aging on the sampler. Aging bodywise not so much! :-) . At 62 just experiecing huge floater that is a huge smudge on my right vision and just when new technology allowed me to rediscover cross stitching. LOL

Jean Bee said...

Oh my goodness...I just love your blog! The dove candy info is so funny! Your blog is a bright spot in any day! And I do like your aging results!

Pam in IL said...

I really like the way the aging turned out. The hot flashes have been welcome here lately since our temps have been so very cold! I hope you & your sister are able to relax and rest. As always, you're both in my prayers.

Maggee said...

Gee, wouldn't it be wonderful if the flashes were gone forever? I do chocolate therapy all the time... wish I had known about the Dove sale! I am just about out of Christmas Hershey kisses... You are quite the expert at distressing your works. It looks just as if it were really really old! Hugs!

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Hi Marly, Just catching up on my blog reading. I love your sense of humor, and the way you age your stitched pieces is awesome. Didn't see anyone answer your question about the correct name of the "attribution" section of a sampler. I believe it's Provenance.

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