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1  Patchwork skirt and a rescued top! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Siobhan on: April 17, 2010 04:13:50 AM
Being a bit of a William Morris nut, I have a bad habit of collecting fabrics based on his designs. So when I saw a charm square pack of Morris fabrics (pretty sure they were Moda), it seemed like a perfect opportunity to do the indietutes patchwork skirt for my wee elflet!

The top shown with the skirt was one I picked up in a shop, just because it seemed like it would go so well... and it did, right until aforementioned elflet managed to cover it in brown stains that WOULD NOT COME OUT, even soaked in neat bleach.

So, I decided to rescue the top with a little judicious tea-dyeing and embellishment!

Tea dyeing went roughly as follows:
1. Go to make cup of tea, realise one is out of teabags. Sigh. Go to make pot of tea the hard way, realise loose leaf tea is stale. Shriek.
2. Decide that when life gives you stale tea, it is the perfect opportunity to "do something" with that stained shirt that's hanging around the sewing table being irritating.
3. Look tea-dyeing up on the internet, assimilate basic principles, make it up from there.
4. Throw handfuls of tea into a bucket, add plenty of salt. Fill bucket with hottest of hot water.
5. Taste, wish you hadn't. Resolve to buy more tea at soonest opportunity.
6. Throw in shirt, leave to soak all afternoon, poking and stirring occasionally.
7. Rinse. Rinse, and rinse some more.
8. Throw in dryer, in vague notion of "setting" the colour with the heat.

Ta da! One brown shirt... that still had visible stains on it. Dammit.

So, I found adorable Cicely Mary Barker fabric (this is the "Autumn Fairies Panels", Plane Tree Fairy panel), and appliqued that on the front over the worst of the stains, with double-sided interfacing and the zigzag on my sewing machine. Then I hand sewed on a fabric yoyo from another random crafting experiment, and a few ribbon roses. I don't think you can see, but the thread used for the zigzag is the same burgundy colour as the roses.

Ta da! One brown shirt with additional fairy and flowers, and only stained if you're looking REALLY HARD. I win!  Grin It still goes with the skirt (in a busier, fussier kind of way), and best of all, the elflet adores it.

I have yet to wash the shirt... will let you know how that goes.  Undecided
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2  A William Morris-ish clock. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Siobhan on: January 04, 2008 06:38:49 AM
I made this clock as a Christmas present for my wee daughter, who LOVES clocks and greets them with enthusiasm. Except, she can't say the "L". This makes trips to housewares shops a source of intense amusement and embarrassment. "That's right dear heart.... lots of CLOCKs. And another CLOCK. Yes, that's a very big CLLLOCK isn't it?"  Cheesy

The image came from a book of William Morris designs, and is based on "The Strawberry Thief", if you're familiar with it. Ironing the transfer on to fresh acrylic paint didn't work brilliantly well (instructions? bah, who needs to follow rules.  Roll Eyes ), but it was a good enough guide.

I can't post photos yet, so links to the pics it is. Here's
the clockface without hands or numbers so you can see the design a bit better, and
here's the finished product. Yeah, I fixed the wonky 9.  Tongue

And she loved it! "Birdie! C(l)ock! TWEETWEET!"  Cheesy Two year olds are so easy to impress!
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3  Excursions into magical realism and oddly-coloured animals in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Siobhan on: January 04, 2008 06:16:59 AM
Hi all! I joined years and years ago, and have been lurking on and off since... but this is the first time I've posted stuff I've made. *trepidation*

The following shirts are a few examples of ones I've made for friends, their kids, and my own daughter. Images and stencils are from google image searches, or copied by hand onto stencilling media (I used to use book covering contact, now I use draughting film and tacky spray adhesive because it's washable and reusable). The paint is acrylic mixed with fabric medium, which I'm finding holds up pretty well if properly heat-set. I tend to pick colours I think look pretty, rather than being biologically accurate, so apologies to any marine biologists or ornithologists reading.  Cheesy

Links below, as I'm not allowed to post pictures yet!  Cry

Seadragon - I quite often add embellishments like here, where I've used novelty yarn as seaweed, or a crocheted flower or similar.

Japanese cranes - The colours aren't totally accurate here, the sun and highlights are gold.

Orcas - The "black" part of the orcas is just blue glitter in fabric medium. It's a bit more subtle in RL.

Birdie on a branch
And a weird photo of the only adult shirt I've done in a while. The design is on the lower right hand side of the shirt, which is a bit hard to tell from context. I'd get a better photo, but this was given away as a present.

Hope you like! Looking back on the early shirts, I can't believe I used to cut stencils with a boxcutter. Ow, my poor hand!
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