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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2008 10:09:51 PM »

One of the other users on here has, and I was just reading through her blog today, so I have the link to the post!

http://blog.theflossbox.com/?p=1298
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« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2008 06:06:37 AM »

Has anyone ever tinted their fabric with crayons. I just got an embroidery book and they have a bunch of examples of embroidery that has been tinted with crayons. Basically they fill in the emboridery with coloring and then light ironing to set the "tint". It doesn't give you great instructions and I am wondering if anyone else has tried it. I am thinking of doing it on my current project.

Is that from the 'doodle stitching' by aimee ray book?  I saw that too and sounded like it would make a big mess  Huh
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« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2008 08:07:01 AM »

Hi, thanks for linking to me.  Wink
I've been reading around on this lately.  It's not at all a new idea.  Check this link too for a nice example.  I made a small simple project with crayons last week.  It wasn't especially  messy at all.  Only trick is to color in the lines, lol.  Grin  I only tested it with one brand of crayons that wasn't all that nice, so perhaps you can get a finer result with nicer crayons.  Placing a piece of paper over your fabric will soak up the wax that gets melted.  In my case, the crayon pigments didn't spread and soften at all.  Perhaps because of the brand, I don't know.  Buy some crayons and give it a go!

One thing I did notice was that the floss got worn a lot faster stitching through the waxy fabric than normal.
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« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2008 08:39:17 AM »

Thanks for the info! The one thing I am wondering is how long do you iron (it probably says in on your link)? Also, what if you stitch first and then color it in-is that possible?


The book I got was a book on vintage patterns and tinting. I can't remember the name of it off hand. I'll check tonight
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« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2008 08:42:17 AM »

Thanks for the info! The one thing I am wondering is how long do you iron (it probably says in on your link)? Also, what if you stitch first and then color it in-is that possible?


The book I got was a book on vintage patterns and tinting. I can't remember the name of it off hand. I'll check tonight

ah, well the doodle stitching book is definitely not vintage!  she does have a crayon tinting/embroidery project in there so i'll take a peak and see if she offers and suggestions and i'll pass them along to you tomorrow
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« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2008 08:53:19 AM »

I have that book, now I'm gonna have to go back and check it out. Thanks for heads up Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2008 09:18:43 AM »

I've done a bit of this.  Use regular crayons, not fabric ones. 

Iron as hot and long as your fabric can take (I'd use 100% cotton). No matter how much you iron, it never seems to set the color 100%, so I iron, let it cool, and then scrub it with a washcloth under warm water.  I dry it with the iron, and then re-color any areas that washed out, or add another layer of color in areas I want more depth.  I repeat that process anywhere from 3-10 times depending on the effect I'm going for.

You could stitch first, but that causes a few problems -  You can't get right up tight to the stitching without getting some wax on the threads.  Once you iron, that wax melts a little and makes your stitching look funny.  If you scrub the piece heavily between ironing, you'll rough the threads up too much, and they'll look very fuzzy.

When you iron, place a piece of copier paper on your ironing board, and then the colored fabric face down on it, and iron from the backside, or you'll get melted wax everywhere!
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« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2008 09:24:38 AM »

contadine, beautiful work!  this may sound very silly, but if you use crayon color tinting on tea towels, can you still use them to dry dishes?  can you throw them in the washer afterwards?  or do they simply become works of art, meant to be looked at, admired, smiled at, but not used?
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« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2008 09:34:00 AM »

I've never done it on something that was going to be used.  I think that it would wash out pretty quickly - the color never seems to set completely no matter how many times I iron.  If you made sure you'd washed it a few times by hand to get rid of most of the excess, you shouldn't need to worry about wax on the dishes or in the washing machine, but I don't think the color would last very long.
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« Reply #19 on: May 13, 2008 10:41:30 AM »

This is such a unique technique that I've never seen. Smiley

I'm wondering though if you could use colored pencils or pastels in place of crayons. Also to protect the work I would think you could use a protective spray fixative like in pastels, charcoals, etc. Something like Blair's. Maybe?
http://www.artistcraftsman.com/blairSprays/coat.html
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