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Topic: Summer, it's surfing tidal waves, creating nanobots and dying a pillow  (Read 3575 times)
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« on: July 30, 2015 08:59:27 AM »



To commemorate Phineas and Ferb, summer and my mom's birthday I made her this pillow.


Except for a few end repeats and where it got cut off at the left and right edges (on purpose) it features all the lyrics of "It's Summer".


Of course the back closes with shoelaces, complete with aglets!

I used Elmer's school glue gel poured into a little squeeze bottle attached with a small tip to write the lyrics onto an 18" square of white muslin, leaving some room at the top and bottom. Not easy. It took 3+ hours to write out the song.

It sat around drying for a day or two while outside a bucket of water heated up in the sun.

On dying day I mixed 1 packet of Dylon bahama blue in hot water then dumped it in the bucket and stirred it around. Without wetting the fabric first in it went. I didn't care about streaks (I actually wanted some and got faint ones) and I did not want to risk messing up the glue.


Yes, my hand is a little blue. It and its twin got much bluer later. Wear gloves.


Oh my gosh! Where did the lyrics go? All my precious writing! Oh, there, I can see some glue at the bottom. Phew. Please work, please work, please work...


It worked!

Mom loved her gift, so it was all worth it Smiley



Enjoy your summer!
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2015 12:40:23 PM »

What a great gift and I love that colour blue you chose!
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2015 04:26:26 AM »

This is great! A beautiful gift, and a subtle reference to an awesome show Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2015 07:14:34 AM »

Ah! So great! Wonderful homage to summer - Phineas & Ferb would approve!
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2015 10:52:04 AM »

Thank you!
Ah! So great! Wonderful homage to summer - Phineas & Ferb would approve!
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2015 05:53:18 AM »

I am definitely going to try your technique next time I do my mega batch of shibori dyeing!

The pillow turned out to be so nice...and quite meaningful for you mom!  I love the look...there were some tense moments for you, but it all worked out!

Also love your unique closure! Grin
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2015 08:17:06 AM »

Thanks so much!
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2015 07:25:58 PM »

Rocked it! This is a fun process. I've been working on some canvas bags with unicorns & Tulip dye. Wink
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2015 01:50:34 PM »

Thanks! I've been wondering about Tulip dyes. I've had such mixed results with other Tulip products, I didn't want to chance it. But their dyes are tempting...
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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2015 12:08:45 PM »

I've always wondered if just how well the glue worked! Looks pretty great! I love love love this pillow!
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