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« on: September 27, 2012 09:46:00 AM »


I wasn't sure where to put this, so I just picked a board  Grin

For the latest hoopla swap I knew I wanted to create something based on one of my favorite, and my partner's favorite, television shows- Firefly. I decided to embroider a part of the opening theme song, but I needed the perfect fabric to stitch it on. After searching the local fabric stores, I decided to create my own galaxy fabric!

Starting with a piece of plain black cotton fabric.


Add a little diluted bleach and scrunch the fabric


Dry the fabric


And then proceed to completely cover the bleached parts with paint, so you can't tell you bleached it.  Roll Eyes When I started painting I wanted to just add highlights and dimension, and I ended up covering everything.


Now the stitching can begin! I was worried about how I would transfer my design to my newly created galaxy print- but luckily I found a pack of colored carbon paper at JoAnn's. You can also see the finished fabric.


Forty hours of satin stitching later and the piece is complete! I used glow in the dark thread for this piece to give it a little punch. I am not sure I would ever do this much satin stitching with glow in the dark thread again. I had to un-do knots every other stitch.


I think the end result was totally worth the hassle though!
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2012 10:15:57 AM »

This is so cool! I've been toying with the idea of making galaxy fabric lately. Did you spray the bleach on?
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2012 10:40:42 AM »

This is so cool! I've been toying with the idea of making galaxy fabric lately. Did you spray the bleach on?

You should try it! It is really easy to do. I used a spray bottle filled with diluted bleach for this fabric. When I do it next time I might try a mini mister- something that will give me more control over how much bleach goes on the fabric.
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2012 02:04:00 PM »

I love your galaxy fabric.  and your stitching is great.  I agree about luminous thread - it can be quite a pig to sew with but it is a nice effect when it is done.  I like the font you used too.  It is altogether a very nice piece.
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2012 06:31:56 PM »

Love this!  May have to try this technique after all my Christmas/winter b-day projects are done.
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2012 07:02:02 PM »

I like the font you used too. 

Thanks elderflower! I used the Papyrus font- just in case you wanted to know :-)
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2012 07:03:02 PM »

Love this!  May have to try this technique after all my Christmas/winter b-day projects are done.
Definitely pinned and rocked!

awesome! I think that is the first time I've been pinned!
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2012 12:47:29 AM »

This rock big time Smiley Love it! Was it difficult working with the bleach?
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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2012 09:13:16 AM »

This rock big time Smiley Love it! Was it difficult working with the bleach?

Thanks!!

The bleach was super easy to use. I just filled my spray bottle a quarter full with bleach and then filled the rest of the bottle with water. I made sure to spray my fabric outside on concrete so I wouldn't stain anything or kill my grass. once you've achieved the amount of bleaching you want- mine only took about a minute, make sure to rinse your fabric so the bleach doesn't keep reacting with your fabric and eat a hole in it! Once it dries you can then start painting!
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2012 12:44:28 PM »

Love your universe fabric. The effect with the stitching is really great. I'd love to see it in the dark. Awesome job!!
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« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2012 09:13:52 PM »

That's so cool!! Gotta love Firefly.
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« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2012 11:57:29 AM »

love the galaxy you created, it looks fantastic.

Any tips for doing the painting? 
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« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2012 02:59:31 PM »


Any tips for doing the painting? 

 I used acrylic paint because I didn't think this would be washed. Unfortunately, this made it hard to stitch in some places- especially where I had built up quite a few layers. I used mostly blues and purples in this piece and created depth using white and black paint. It took me a while to blend everything and get the look I wanted.  Just keep playing with the paint until you get the look you want

I also used an old tooth brush to splatter the fabric to make the "stars".
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« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2012 11:50:25 PM »

Beautiful galaxy, and love the Firefly reference!
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« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2012 07:06:06 AM »

Fabulous!
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« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2012 08:36:04 AM »

This is awesome Smiley Love Galaxy fabric!
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« Reply #16 on: October 02, 2012 07:03:21 PM »

I love Firefly, and your 'verse fabric is beautiful!
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« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2012 07:04:31 PM »

p.s. Now you've been pinned twice!
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« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2012 10:19:31 PM »

It ia a wonderful piece and looks even better in person!
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« Reply #19 on: October 02, 2012 11:07:29 PM »

p.s. Now you've been pinned twice!

Whooo Hoo!!!!

Thank you guys for all of the kind words- I appreciate everyone of them.

I was also super pumped to see my little embroidery featured on Whedonesque.com. Totally made my week :-)
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« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2012 07:54:30 AM »

Pretty!  I really like the galaxy fabric.  Awesome job.   Grin
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« Reply #21 on: October 20, 2012 02:17:41 AM »

Shiny!
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Shiny, Way shiny!
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« Reply #23 on: October 25, 2012 07:13:56 AM »


Any tips for doing the painting? 

 I used acrylic paint because I didn't think this would be washed. Unfortunately, this made it hard to stitch in some places- especially where I had built up quite a few layers. I used mostly blues and purples in this piece and created depth using white and black paint. It took me a while to blend everything and get the look I wanted.  Just keep playing with the paint until you get the look you want

I also used an old tooth brush to splatter the fabric to make the "stars".

thanks for all the tips.  I look forward to trying it out sometime. 
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