Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Shaving Cream Fabric dying!

Hi everyone! I was cruising one of my groups on fb. A stitcher posted her wonderful work on a hand dyed fabric. My friend Sandie asked if she used the shaving cream method. Well, that got my curiosity going full steam! I found several tutorials and decided to try it for myself. So here goes and I am not a professional. Just passing on what I have learned.
 Cheaper shaving cream with no added colors. Old Tulip brand paints from my 80" sweat shirt days(eeeccckkk). Fabric scraps.
 Aluminum cookie sheet with parchment paper. a piece of parchment paper for my counter top. tooth picks broken in half and a wooden ruler for scraping off the shaving cream.
 Spray shaving cream in pan.
 Kind of flatten the shaving cream with the wood ruler.
 I used glitter lavender tulip brand paint first. Decided to test in just one corner of the pan. This way i didn't waste a lot of shaving cream if things were not going well.
 Mixed around with a tooth pick.
 Lay fabric flat. Pat down evenly. Takes about a minute to pat down.
 Pull up out of the shaving cream and lay flat on the counter top parchment paper.
 Used the wood ruler to scrape off the shaving cream and paint. Rinse off the ruler with water. Don't want to mix paint on the next piece of fabric.
 I liked the effect of the glitter paint. But thought it was too suttle. Decided to add a darker purple,
 After finding I didn't have any darker purple Tulip brand paint I decided to use my ceramic paint. It is color fast also.
 I left the glitter paint in and added the purple.
 Mixed around.

 Was not happy with this result. I rinsed with water and lightened it up a bit.         

This was the result.
 I did not add more paint and mixed it around more.
 I did find one thing. Scrape off the shaving cream, and paint, in the same direction of the paint flow. In this case the paint pattern is running from the bottom left/middle to the right/top. That is the way you want to scrape off the mixture. Be sure to rinse the cream mixture from your ruler, after each scraping,  so it doesn't muddy up your fabric and affect the colors.
 This was the result from mixing the paint around more.
 This is the third time after patting down and pulling up fabric.

 Last time and these were the 4 piece. All looking quite different.
 Then i got brave! I used up the last of my glitter purple and added dark purple, and a little pink to the pan. I found out a drink straw works much better than a tooth pick and switched to that.
 This was the result from my first full pan of paint mixing.
 What the pan looked like after pulling up the first big piece of fabric.
 Mixed in more pink.

And this was the result.
 I laid all fabric pieces on a towel to dry. I ironed on high, no steam, after the fabric pieces were dry.
 I rinsed with warm water. If the fabric was going to run I wanted to know now. Rather than find out after stitching. I was pleased that no color ran from the fabric.
 The results of the day!

I have more stitchy new and will post that later, I wanted to get this posted while it was fresh in mind. Good luck! 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Some January Challenge finishes

Hi all
Have some january challenge finishes. I started 60 smalls and medium pieces. Have finished 17 of those. Plus finished 3 HAED fb challenges. I thought I would have had more january challenge pieces done by now.ANd joined way too many challenges again. But, as it usually happens to me life, specifically kittens, gets in the way. The girls have grown quite a bit. Bridget is now almost three pounds and Maya is over 3 pounds. They are both 3 months old. Can't believe how fast they have grown. To remember Bridget only about 3 inches long in body(not including her tail), blind and not sure she would survive. Well. it doesn't seem like the same kitten! Maya, and Bridget are never far from one another.

 And they seem to be obsessed with each others tails. A prime target for a good round of wrestling!

 Finishes include December Birthday cake. A freebie from Brooke's Books sales site.

 August Birthday Cake, Brooke's Books.
 Lizzie Kate Chicks. Added flowers at the bottom for extra sparkle and to make the piece big enough for an ornament.
Lizzie Kate Happy Haunting

 Lizzie Kate November Stamp. DMC threads
 January Cake, Brooke's Books

 This is a Country Cottage Needleworks design from the 2013 Just Cross Stitch magazine christmas ornament issues. Fabric is 32 count Serenade from Polstitches.

This is my MArch Pony. AND not available until I can get Hubby's PDF files to work, Hopefully this weekend....

October Pony is also finished. The PDF pattern is available in my ETSY store.
 I finished the HAED Parking challenge. Have to admire anyone who can park and LIKE it! Never so happy to finish a challenge in my life. (okay, a bit over dramatic, but you get the picture...)
 Picked up another january piece. And got a bit more done.

 Only a 100 more to go... But, I wouldn't do that if it wasn't fun!
Good day to everyone.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Long time no see. Lots of news!

How is everyone? Have lots of new so get ready to read a book, lol!
I did participate in the facebook January challenge. Have lots of WIP's in the works. However, I had some interruptions. Two to be exact!
Was at the work yard on July 4th. Loading things in the portable garage for a move. Closed the door and left for the night. Next afternoon i was throwing pipe in the front of the garage. Heard a desperate cry. Went outside to see if a kitten was in distress. No kitten to be found. Went back into the garage, moved some plyboard and found a hungry, cold, dirty and desperate 6(or8) day old kitten under a work bench. Apparently she was put in the garage the day before and we didn't know it. This was the second time we rescued this kitten. Ferral mother(Fuzzy Butt) was no where to be found this time. Quick trip to the vet for kitten milk and a bottle. The Vet warned us she may not live. I didn't even name her for a few days. But, kitten fought to live so I named her Bridget. Celtic for feisty strong.

So tiny. I weighed her two days after we started bottle feeding her and Bridget was 3.1 ounces.
Kitty burrito after her bath.

 About 10 days later another, older kitten needed to be saved. Maya is about 11 days older than Bridget. Since then these two little fur balls have taken over the house.
 Okay, well we have an adult home and no where to put up breakables. DH found this at a local thrift shop for $20. We had wood, and mesh, for the door. Added casters and we have a kitty condo.
 Which the girls love. They even go back to it when I am busy and they need a nap.
 Best kitty toy ever!!!

When I am not busy they are a purring machine!

 Okay, on to stitching! Several major finishes so far this year! HAED on FB, started some challenges. Already have too many WIP's and decided to work on Mini Autumn Cat. After stitching one page for the challenge. I kept stitching and finished him. Started in 2012 I am very pleased this one is finally done.

Another big finish is HAED Fun Guys Snowballs stocking. Both Autumn Cat and Fun Guy were started in July 2012 and so it was fitting to finish them both in the same month.

 The following finishes are pat of my january challenge pieces.
Lizzie Kate April Flip it
 Lizzie Kate Sweet Land
Lizzie Kate snippet
Lizzie Kate Wanted snippet

 HAED challenge 1 was this!
 Finished the bottom pages enough to start challenge 3
Parking! HATE IT!!! half of the challenge page done. Had this been cross country stitching the page would have been done days ago. But, it is a challenge after all.
Oh, the Alice needleminder is from Gina's Needleminders on fb.

These are lemon seeds from store bought lemons. Wanted to see if they would actually grow a tree. The empty looking cups are avocado seeds. Hubby hopes that there will be a tree sprouting as he loves avocados. I don't care for them myself. But, if they sprout it looks like I may need to learn to deal with them.

I have more challenge pieces waiting for beads and finishing.
I have also started designing my own patterns. Drawings and charting is the easy part. Stitching out, and editing my own designs are another thing! I do like seeing my ponies come to life and hope there will be many more. Here are some that I have finished and have PDF's for sale on ETSY.
 This is Christmas Holly Pony stitched on Polstitches Crocus fabric
 September Pony and January Pony. Will have a pony for each month.
 February Pony available in both small and larger size.
The start of October Pony. Am a lot further along and realized I hadn't take a picture yet. Stitching this on Polstitches Crushed Apple fabric. Beautiful color for autumn pieces.

My design company is DWH Pony Stitches
If you are interested my ETSY store link is


Come Join me on my facebook closed group. I hope to have a SAL, at the begining of 2017, when I have more designs available. Plus a freebie, or two, are in the works.


Really appreciate those who have hung on and are still following my blog.
Happy stitching!