Friday, March 30, 2007

More Tyvek Samples, etc...

Can you believe that March is almost over? Where does the time go?

Anyway, I realized I never posted the results of my experiments with the smooth type (envelope) tyvek.

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Once again, the aqua piece is painted with Lumiere. The blue, green and purple pieces are painted with silk paints with the exception of the green piece in the lower right hand corner. This is another piece of textured tyvek painted with Adirondack Color Wash. The textured tyvek seems to do better when attempting to get the lacey pieces from the stamps.

And again, timing is crucial with these pieces. They will shrink completely if the iron is left on too long.

Now I will show you a couple of things I have done with tyvek in the past.

This first piece is from the wall hanging I made with the twenty different techniques. Sorry the picture isn’t too good. My battery is getting low and it wasn’t the best of situations when taking the photo.

I painted a piece of tyvek. I made a piece of heavy thread lace using WSS. I then stitched this to the tyvek. I heated this from the backside just enough to get it to draw up some. The gold strips are painted tyvek also with ribbon couched on using a zig zag stitch after which I heated before attaching to the background. It’s hard to tell from the photo but this has a lot of nice texture to it from all of the thread.

This is another piece done in pretty much the same manner. I made a bead from the tyvek and attached it to the piece which I then attached to the cover of this book that I am using for some of my samples. You can see the texture of the thread on this.

Another thing I have done with tyvek is make a bookcover for the binder I am placing all of my ATC’s in.

I did something else just recently with one of the samples, but you are going to have to wait to see a pic.

With April comes a new technique and new experiments.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Yesterday was a good mail day....

for me. Deb H. of Cold Feet Quilter and I did an ATC swap. This is what Deb sent me.

Sorry Deb this looks so “flat”. It really is more gorgeous in person. She used a red metallic thread that adds a lot of sparkle.

She also included this wonderful bookmark.

It is lovely and sparkles a lot more than it looks in this picture. Thanks Deb, I love both of them. She hasn’t received mine yet, so no picture for now.

Some of us in the FAF group are doing birthday postcards. I realized I never showed the one I made for SuZ.

Here it is:

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

TAST weeks 10 and 11

I am not what you would consider a hand-stitcher. I know a few basic stitches and that’s about it. When I think I want to add hand stitching, then these few basic stitches are what I do. That is why I decided to join in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge when it started, to learn some new stitches to add to my little repertoire. The last 2 weeks’ stitches were a challenge for me to come up with something and that is why I am late with these.

The stitch for week 10 was the barred chain or alternating barred chain. This is what I did.

The stitch for week 11 (last week) was the up and down buttonhole. I came up with this.

Actually what I did on this little leaf is considered the Mirror buttonhole, a variation of up and down buttonhole.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Tyvek samples

Life has been happening the past couple of days so I am just now getting to post about what I spent some time doing a few days ago.

The FAF monthly challenge for March is tyvek and so the other day I painted up some small pieces.

The first two are painted with Lumiere and the other two are painted with Pebeo silk paints. I only painted the front, but the pieces that were painted with the silk paints had some paint to bleed through to the back. After they dried I got out some of my rubber stamps and played around.

I cut smaller pieces, laid them on top of a stamp, covered with parchment paper and then set my iron onto it for a few seconds. This is something you have to play around with to get a sense of how hot your iron should be (cotton setting) and how long/short to leave it on there (3 – 5 seconds). Another thing that affects the outcome is the paint. The silk painted pieces needed less time than the ones painted with the Lumiere.

Another thing is I used my regular iron which has steam holes (but no steam used) and you can see in the picture (the black arrow) the circles made from the indentations. I should have used my smaller craft iron which has a totally smooth bottom. I will do this the next time.

There are at least two different kinds of tyvek and the one I used for these pieces have sort of a textured surface. You can see this on the green and blue pieces. All of the pieces except the middle piece in the top row I laid painted side up on the stamp. That other piece when laid painted side down caused the textured tvyek to become smooth.

All of these samples have lacy little bits to them that are somewhat fragile. You have to take your time when removing them from the stamps and in some instances you will loose some little pieces from them.
I will be playing with this some more using the smooth tyvek that I have and my craft iron to see what difference I get.

Monday, March 12, 2007

New Book

Look what came in the mail today:

The new Embellish and Stitch book. I have only looked briefly through it. Looks very interesting, but a lot of what I did read I have already seen on some of the blogs or learned through my own experiments. Will just have to read all before making a judgement one way or the other.

Friday, March 02, 2007

TAST week 9

Here is my ATC for this weeks Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge. The featured stitch is the cross stitch.

I decided to go with a different type background this time. Since it is cross stitch we are doing, I figured it would be easier for me if I used something that was designed for cross stitching. This is 18 count Aida cloth that I painted.

I couldn’t decide what to do on the edges of this one. I considered doing cross stitch around it but decided that would be too busy looking. I also thought satin stitching might be too heavy, so for now I am leaving it as is.