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Dyeing with Blackberries. The blackberries growing in and around my garden are now way past their prime with all the heat we had last week.

Dyeing with Blackberries

They are far too overripe for eating and preserving. Seeing that it seemed like such a waste I decided to go out the other day and pick all that was left. Extremely berry stained fingers later, I ended up with enough berries to dye 4 ounces of wool and one silk scarf and even freeze some for later use. I had previously applied an alum mordant to both the wool yarn and the scarf. To make the dye, I first mashed up the berries before adding them to my pot of water. I then added my wet fibers to the dye bath and turned the heat on slowly. As you can see the silk scarf really took up the color of the blackberries. 404 Error - Page Not Found. Make fabric prints with tape. I'm still on that tape kick.

Make fabric prints with tape

I have a deep love for anything self-adhesive; peeling and sticking are two of my all-time favorite activities. So I tried an experiment with painter's tape to make a pattern on fabric. You'll need: fabric, a measuring tape or yardstick, scissors, masking or painter's tape, fabric paint (I like Jacquard Textile Color), a foam brush, a protective surface of some kind, and any sewing supplies you'll need to turn the painted fabric into something.

Stencil with freezer paper (harry potter tee) Yes, I am a nerd.

stencil with freezer paper (harry potter tee)

I came up with a brilliant idea for a Harry Potter t-shirt and I couldn't resist. "Expecto Patronum! " However, you can make whatever kind of design you want with a freezer paper stencil. It doesn't have to be Harry Potter related. (Although it would be awesome if it was.) I learned about the joys of freezer paper back in my early college days. Basically, freezer paper is backed with a plastic coating that will stick to soft surfaces when ironed, but it peels off cleanly and easily. Bloom, Bake & Create. Last summer I had so much fun with sun printing. If you’ve not read my project from last summer, check it out here . I liked those pieces, but wanted more vibrant color so I headed off to Blick’s to buy some Seta Color Transparent paints.

There, I sat on the floor trying to decide on a trio of colors. Fabric Stenciling. I had a bunch of leftover fabric pieces, so i decided to try my luck in fabric stenciling!

Fabric Stenciling

Here is a step-by-step tutorial for the bloody beginners (like me!). Choose your fabric wisely. Make sure it does not have a stain resistant finish. Pre-wash your fabric, do not use fabric softener. Draw or print your design on paper and transfer it to Acetat or in my cheaper (!) Cut out your stencil with an Exacto™ blade. Apply the color to the stamp/stencil. Apply the paint with a gentle pounding motion, holding the brush straight up and down.

After 24 hours, iron your fabric on the back to set the color, using the hottest possible setting. How did your designs turn out? Linked with Tip Junkie & Made by You Monday //xoxo, Sibylle// Bird Pillow Cover by Running With Scissors. I'm honored and excited to be the creative guest this week.

Bird Pillow Cover by Running With Scissors

Kind of nervous too. I'm Jessica and my blog is called Running With Scissors. I chose to share a project that includes a lot of different elements that reflect a lot of what I love right now; sewing, freezer paper stenciling, applique, and more recently decor as we bought our first house and I've been working on furnishing/ decorating it. My blog has recently been more decor oriented, with some furniture building/ makeovers, and lots of thrift store remodels. My favorite projects are usually ones that take junk and transform them into something great, all for the least amount of money possible.

How to Block Print Fabric. It's been a hard day's night - IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES. Spray painted slipcovers...boy edition. Bloom, Bake & Create » Blog Archive » Ice Fabric Dyeing. Did you say you don’t have snow and want to do some dyeing?

Bloom, Bake & Create » Blog Archive » Ice Fabric Dyeing

Well, before I put up my dyeing stuff, I thought I’d try one more type of dyeing – ice dyeing. For those of us who don’t have snow or would like to try this in the summer, this is an alternative. Polka Dot Cottage: Breezy Ombré Tank Top. Posted June 25th, 2010 by Lisa I discovered last year that I really liked cotton lawn fabric for summer – it’s so lightweight and breathable.

Polka Dot Cottage: Breezy Ombré Tank Top

The only problem is that it’s hard to find inexpensively. Enter Dharma Trading Company and their nice selection of unprinted fabrics. Plain white cotton lawn can be had for a fraction of the cost of the printed varieties, plus you have the extra fun of embellishing it with your own designs. One look I enjoy is the “ombré” look, which essentially involves a gradation of color from top to bottom. I recently sewed and dyed a Summer top for myself, and while it didn’t come out exactly as planned, I’ve decided that’s more a result of the color I chose, than of the process itself.