18 July 2014

Making lemonade out of lemons

I was digging through my fabrics looking for something appropriate for the Round Robin on the FIRE blog when I found in a pile of "done" fabric these two very unsuccessful pieces (the lemons).

Ordinarily I would just toss them into a pile but they were yardage and I hated to waste so much fabric. They were both well over a yard each - maybe two so my experimental gene came out to play.



It think this is the very first deconstructed silks screen I ever attempted. Really awful!! The colors are so pale and there is really no character to them. MUST FIX!



This was not so much a failure as blah. The process I used was Jane Dunnewolds Interfacing Stencils. She used to have the directions on her website under tutorials but it has disappeared. Fortunately I cut and pasted it into a PDF if anyone is interested (don't forget your email address).

In this technique you make a stencil with interfacing using both open cuts so the dye can get through as well as latex paint as a resist. The images for the most part came out OK but there was some bleeding on to the white and I sure would like to make something out of it so.....




Three stencils used




I did get this far



Basic blue with a squirt of turquoise




9 comments:

  1. As ever Beth the birds are my favourite!!
    I'd love a copy of the JD pdf please - would love to try this!

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  2. Great fix. I never heard of an interfaced stencil so yes, please-
    ellendacoopatgmail.com

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  3. love the crows..I would like the pdf instructions too:
    gellifun at yahoo.com
    Thanks!!!

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  4. I love love love your birds...especially their forms. Would love the JD PDF also...but if it is the same as the article covering this stencil technique in Quilting Arts...then I have it already.

    dottididit at gmail dot com

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  5. I would love to get the PDF>looks like a great technique.
    I also love love love the birds. This was a great fix!

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  6. Jody, I need your email address to send the PDF.

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  7. Oops, sorry...jlund66@gmail.com

    Going to be working on some discharge with some stencils, wondering if this technique will work for that.

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  8. Another beautiful save. Those bird stencils are amazing. I'd love to have a copy of Jane's (your)PDF.

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  9. Another one for the PDF please! And I love this piece of fabric. I don't suppose you'd consider selling it to me...?

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