My January Stitch Along Week 2

Posted by Ruth on 10 January 2016 | 5 Comments
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So this weekend I started building up my background at the same time as remembering those important words I needed to use... "list", "new", "neutral" and "blue". I have the two new words to add in as well, "dark" and "round". I'll bold the words as I go, to ensure I have them all covered.

To start out, I decided to make an actual list and applique that to a background. I began with a neutral colored fabric, a light beige and my new Shiva Paintstiks. I decided to go with the light brown paint - which could also be considered for our neutral word instead of the fabric! I colored just around the edge and used a clear blender to smudge the paint and drag it into the middle a little. I was trying to give the impression of an old piece of paper - I need to work on that still, but you get the idea.

paint forms border on fabric

I made a second one, using a dark brown. This time a little smaller in size. I added the odd line in the center as well - for no other reason than to just get a response to my "what if". Trust me, this is fun playing!

2 painted frames on fabric

I now have two blank lists. Of course I need something on them to make them real lists so I got out my fabric markers (pigma pens) and decided to write the word "Lists".

I always do the same thing, never learning from my mistake.... in haste to get something written, I don't plan well enough where the actual word should be positioned nor how to form the letters. Aligned left is fine, but had I known what I was going to do next, I would have planned to center it. After writing over top of the word several times to darken it, I decided I didn't want to do a lot of writing and I'd probably have more fun stamping.

Stamping is something I have not done a lot of either and I had some old date stamps and an acid free ink pad which I was anxious to play with. The ink pad had multi colors - red, blue and purple. These are old by the way, in fact, the year only went to 1999 - antique! I just began stamping and I was surprised. This worked really well.

stamped and painted fabric

Okay, so they are not really lists any more, but so what. The main thing is that I'm having fun and I'm exploring. Honestly, I had so much fun that I'm considering buying some cool stamps now....

Once I felt I'd done enough stamping on the lists, without over cluttering them, I put fusible on the back ready to cut them out.

painted fabric backed with fusible

I wanted to give them a curvy edge so started cutting with the scissors, and low and behold, without knowing it, in rounding the corners, I used the word "round".

panels trimmed with fusible

To finish these off, I wanted to darken the edges so I used the same paintstik colors to do just that.

panels edged with darker paint

Now to put my lists on a background. I've changed my mind and decided to go with a hand dyed blue/purple fabric which a friend gave me. I just love this fabric and if for no other reason I learned how to dye fabric, it would be learning to do so over white-on-white fabrics. I love the effect. 

hand dyed fabric over whiteonwhite

I haven't quite decided how to position my lists or how big to make this project, but I'm thinking it will look something like this. I'll make a final decision next week when I press them in place and begin stitching.

painted lists on handdyed fabric

Let's recap on those six words:

  • List - was what I was making and the word I wrote
  • New - my paintstiks are new, using a date stamp on fabric was new for me too!
  • Neutral - my fabric for the lists was neutral in color, so were the paints I used
  • Blue - the ink was blue and so was the background fabric
  • Dark - the dark brown paint used on one list, black pigma pen which is dark and I darkened the edges of my lists
  • Round - the corners of my lists were round

I have them all covered!

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  • That's fantastic Gin. I'm so pleased you are joining in. It can be a lot of fun, especially when it stretches your thoughts... Please feel free to send along a photo or two as you progress, and definitely keep me posted. I would love to hear how you interrupt the instructions.

    Posted by Ruth, 13/01/2016 8:35am (7 years ago)

  • Hi Ruth, Very nice. I am stitching along with you in your January stitch-a-long! My head is spinning with stuff and this is helping (pushing) me to think more creatively. Thank you.

    Posted by Gin, 13/01/2016 8:17am (7 years ago)

  • Way to go Mom!(Barbara!)your blocks look great

    Posted by Machelle , 12/01/2016 9:45pm (7 years ago)

  • Yes Barbara, I was just going with the flow, so to speak and had a ball.

    Posted by Ruth, 11/01/2016 10:48pm (7 years ago)

  • What fun. I am still on a roll with last month's coloring. Spent the whole day coloring some leftover cream and black fabric blocks from another project. Love what you did with the stamps and Shiva Sticks. I may have to dig for a couple I remember having.

    Posted by Barbara, 11/01/2016 10:29pm (7 years ago)

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