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Spoonflower fabric

I’m just writing a short blog post this time because I am experimenting with a new plugin which allows me to write blog posts in Evernote and post them to the blog automatically.  It’ll be a lot easier to blog if this works because I use Evernote a lot.

This is some of the fabric that I got printed on Spoonflower and it is now available for sale in my shop.   I had it printed on the silky faille which is polyester – it took the colours really well and has a nice feel to it.

Woo hoo! It worked!

Dipping my toe into Spoonflower

Over the last few months I’ve been gradually uploading designs to Spoonflower, the fabric printing company, with the eventual aim of selling them.    At the end of last year I won a free giveaway they were offering, of a pattern and 3 yards of the fabric of my choice, so that gave me the impetus to get going.  I still haven’t ordered the fabric but I have ordered swatches of a number of designs so that I can check the colours are what I expected.

Those haven’t arrived yet, but earlier this year Spoonflower offered a free swatch printing on a new fabric, silky faille, so I took advantage of it, and was pleased with the results:

swatch of spoonflower fabric I ordered

Swatch of my fabric design!

You can see the full design here.

Spoonflower also run monthly design competitions based on various themes, and this month’s is lilies, so since I had one which fits the bill, I decided to enter it.  I don’t suppose it has much chance of winning as there are a huge lot of entries this month, but I would love it if you could vote for my design here!  This is a screenshot of it:

Spoonflower lilies

Here is my spoonflower shop widget with pics of a few of the designs:


K&S purchases

Okay, no posts for ages and 3 come along all at once, just like buses!

Before I get to what I bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show (I know, I love seeing other people’s acquisitions so here are mine!), I also bought this – a Paint Your Own Superdragon!

Paint your own superdragon

Isn’t he sweet?  I haven’t yet coloured him  but will soon!  All the Superdragons have now been auctioned, and it’s quite sad not seeing them all around town any more.  Although Newport Council have bought eight of them, and Gwent Dragons, the local rugby club, has bought several too, so hopefully some of them will appear in due course.

thread from Textere 

Anyway, into the K&S goodies!  I bought these threads from Texere, to dye.  Although I’ve actually used some of that rough linen thread already as a resist for screenprinting – I will show you the resultant fabric soon.

4 kilos cotton fabric!

I went to Empress Mills and they were offering 4 kilos of Egyptian cotton fabric bundles (different sizes) for £5.  Well, not realising how heavy 4 kilos feels when you have to lug it around all afternoon, I snapped them up!  And they dye beautifully – I’ve already printed on some.  The coloured fabric is naturally dyed vintage Javan fabric, I think, but don’t quote me because I can’t find it to check as it has got buried somewhere already!  And I don’t want to interrupt the flow of blogging to have a detailed look or I might just be diverted by some other strokable fabric.

Habu yarn

I bought a small sample bag of Habu yarns just because they are so yummy and their stall had such gorgeous stuff on it…

sundry bits and pieces

And I got several useful bottles and a few other things… do you like my dropcloth background? Isn’t it looking interesting!

Vintage textiles and family heirlooms

Over the last year, I have been doing a lot of family history research.  I’ve been lucky in that first my Aunt, then my parents and my brother, have built up a huge family tree and I’ve been adding to it and looking into it more.  I have also been given various family treasures by family members over the years and I decided recently to photograph them and put them all together rather than scattered all over the house!

I’d love to find out more about this handkerchief.  It was given to my Nan by my Grandad during the Second World War.  I think it is silk, but the edges have been cut in a scallop pattern and outlined in pen, and the heart decoration is a sort of raised embellishment.  The writing is also in pen and there is no stitching on it at all.  Apparently while my Grandad was in the army, one of the things he was involved in was running a prisoner of war camp so I wonder if this was made by one of the prisoners?

world war 2 belgian handkerchief

My Nan wore this hat at my parents’ wedding in 1959. 

1950s flower hat

My Mum’s cousin (who was a lot younger than her because she was the daughter of my Grandad’s oldest brother… I had to look that up on the family tree!) was a house servant when she was young and she gave me her maid’s uniform – this is the cap and one of the cuffs she wore.  I’ve got the apron and collar as well but the apron is too rumpled to photograph at present and I don’t want to risk it picking up all the gunk on the iron (wonder how that got there?!).

maid's head dress early 20th century

maid's cuff

I took this photo the other day of the reflection on our bedroom ceiling and thought it fitted in well with a post about vintage textiles.  Doesn’t it look lacy?  (I think that is a reflection on the state of the windows but the less said about that the better.).

lacy ceiling reflections

Acrylic paint on fabric – some experiments

While I was writing my article for Quiltwow on using acrylic paint on fabric, I decided to do a few tests to see which sorts of acrylic paint worked best and also to see how much wash out there was if I used them on poly cotton.

I used Golden thick bodied acrylic, Golden fluid acrylics and some Daler Rowney FW acrylic inks that I had.  I painted each one on some thick cotton duck (canvas), some fairly coarse cotton fabric and some not all that thick polycotton.   I painted two of each and washed one of the pair to see how much washout there was.

Here are the results.  The ones on the left of each photo are the washed versions and the ones on the right, the unwashed.

Heavy acrylic paint on the canvas:

acrylic paint on fabric experiment

Heavy acrylic paint on the cotton fabric:

heavy acrylic paint on cotton

Heavy acrylic on polycotton:

acrylic ink on poly cotton

Acrylic ink on canvas:

acrylic ink on canvas

Acrylic ink on cotton:

acrylic ink on cotton

Acrylic ink on poly cotton:

acrylic ink on poly cotton

Fluid acrylic on canvas:

fluid acrylic on canvas

Fluid acrylic on cotton:

fluid acrylic on cotton

And finally, fluid acrylic on poly cotton:

fluid acrylic on poly cotton

This experiment wasn’t at all scientific but it was interesting to me, especially to find that acrylics seem to be fine to use on poly cotton (next time I’ll have a go with 100% polyester) and the fluid acrylics are best of all for painting on fabric, predictably because they contain less binder and more pigment. 

The little sample book, by the way, is another that I made with the Bind it All.

Fabric Bundles and Print Gocco machines still for sale!

This is just a quick reminder that I still have about 8 fabric bundles for sale… and as a way of clearing some space in my studio the next person in the UK to buy some can have 3 bundles for the price of 2! Just pay with the Paypal buttons for two and email me to let me know which other one you want and I’ll mark them as sold. I’ll post on here when they’ve gone. You can find them here. This offer will expire at midnight on Wednesday 3rd June.

Red fabric bundle

And I also have a number of Print Gocco machines for sale – I haven’t got any B6 machines but I have several PG10s and PG10 Supers. They are on my Print Gocco machines page.

If you haven’t the foggiest what I’m talking about, there’s a page of links about the Print Gocco here.

Print Gocco PG10 Super for sale

This is a card I printed with it. I really must get it out and print some more… they really are addictive once you get going!

goccoswap4.jpg

Silk fibres and other stuff….

I found some undyed silk cocoons, silk rods, throwsters waste and silk noil fibres yesterday. I’ll put them into the packages of the next two people who order fabric goody bags here on my blog.

silk fibres

I’ve also got two bags of metallic non fusible angelina that you are supposed to put in between the fusible angelina to add glitz. If you want them, let me know and I’ll add those to one of the parcels as well.

So that this blog won’t get boring I’ve made a blog page with all the fabric bundles I’ve got for sale – there is a link to it just underneath the blog banner. I have now put photos of all the bundles with Paypal buttons underneath each of them, and eventually I’ll add them to my Etsy shop as well.

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