Friday, June 6, 2014

Mother's Day Gifts

I have been in a huge craft slump for months. It is exhausting—I so want to craft, but just spin in circles staring at ongoing projects, some fun supplies I have on hand and do want to experiment with, and working with some ideas I have. But I can't seem to do anything.

My last significant project was these scarves (napkins? bandanas?—they are not silky and light) I made for mother's day.

The fabric is 100% polyester. The ink is Ink Effects, which I had never used before. Cotton can be used, but you need to add another step and another product.

• Choose some flower photos
• Place about 8 copies into one page-sized file
• Print
• Paint the flowers with Ink Effects
• After drying, cut apart the painted pieces
• Dry-iron onto fabric—each piece can be used 3 times, or more depending on your tolerance for fading

It was interesting, and I learned a lot about this product. I have some ideas about other things to try—especially on pillows or aprons—but haven't managed to do any of those. And I really need to get a shade of green!