Thursday, May 29, 2008

I decided to do something a little different today. I loaded 2 yards of plain black cotton on to Lily.
Next, I got out the box of Angelina fibers that Mindy bought for me. I will be using them in her daughter Hope's Irish Dance dress.
I sprinkled bits of the Emerald Green, Butterfly Blue, & Opal on to the black fabric, then laid a piece of parchment paper over it, & quickly ran over it all with a hot iron. It only takes a few seconds, & the fibers fuse to each other, flatten out & become even more iridescent.
For my next trick...I took a few yards of silk chiffon, spritzed it with water & wrinkled it up good.
I wadded it into a tight ball, wrapped with rubber bands, & let it set for 3 days (or the 2nd ball I threw into the dryer with the laundry for a few loads). Note: Broccoli thought this was a new toy made just for him. We had to have a little talk.
This it what it looked like after 3 days.
I gently spread it out, over the layer of Angelina fibers, & pinned it in place along the edges.
I will place another piece on to completely cover, then I think I'll run narrow black ribbon vertically, & stitch it down in rows. Once I have the "Fabric" made, I'll be cutting it up & making parts of the dress out of it. I'll snap a picture of my sketch for the design later on.
The other think I played with was a little bleach. Well first I tried this Oxy pen, which did nothing. It really is color-safe. I think I bought it to try & remove the paint from my carpet a while ago.
So then I tried Beach. I Mixed 1/2 tsp. of bleach into 1 Tbs. of water, then used a little felt pen to dip into it & brush it on to the fabric. Much better results.
I also took 2 smaller pieces & folded the one on the left, & just dipped it into the solution. It wicked it up fast. The one on the right, & balled up & lightly dabbed the wrinkles with the pen.

It was an entertaining way to spend a warm sunny day. I spent a bit more time out on my deck. I do love that swing. Now I think I'll head back to the Studio.


Rian said...

Your vast creativity never ceases to amaze me.

Barbara C said...

That fabric is going to be very special. It's great to see your creativity at work

Melodie said...

That's cool!
There is a bleach pen out there... probably made by Clorox. I've used them for the grout in my shower. You could draw whatever you wanted with it! Your brain just never stops working, does it!!