Upcycled and dyed polyester blouse

AW Blouse Before

AW Blouse After

Good morning. I am sharing an upcycled blouse which I dyed with old iron fix silk paints that were past their best. I got the blouse in a charity shop for just £2. I loved the style but I really am not a ‘cream blouse girl’. The blouse was 100% polyester which is generally difficult to colour – you really need to use specialist dyes for polyester or iron transfer paints (which you paint onto paper then iron to transfer the colour). However, I have found that iron fix fabric paints will stain polyester permanently. They are best watered down – otherwise most can leave a stiff finish on the fabric, especially sheer fabrics such as this blouse.

Sorting through my stash I found some very old silk paints (fluid formula) which were really past their best and they had some precipitation. They were no longer suitable for fine silk painting work. However, they are perfect for this sort of job. I find it best to pick up colour with a very damp sponge and simply dab it over the fabric allowing it to blend. Thicker iron fix paints, and even standard acrylic paints, also work well provided they are diluted out. Results are not predictable but that is the joy of this sort of project.

When finished I allowed the blouse to dry overnight. I also put it through a tumble dryer cycled (hot iron not suitable for this fabric). I then machine washed (virtually no colour came out in the wash).

Delighted with my new blouse.

Kingfisher vest decorated using stamps from Chocolate Baroque

AW Kingfisher Vest 1

AW Kingfisher Vest 2

Still playing with fabric stamping. My house mate is away so I have taken over the kitchen and spread out all my fabrics, dyes and paints. Heaven.

I created this one using stamps from Chocolate Baroque. I decorated a simple vest that I really wasn’t wearing very much. Really happy with the results and my vest has a new lease of life.

Materials:

Kingfisher Song, Sticks & Stones, and Wild Meadow stamp sets

Vallejo Textile Paints from Colouricious (Bengali Rose, Black and Blue)

Starlight Fabric Paint from Imagination Crafts (Mint)

Jacquard Textile Colour (Super Opaque White)

CutNDry Foam

Briefly how it was done:

I stamped the images along the hem with black paint – using an acrylic block and foam mount on my stamps – in the same way as stamping on card. Tip: When stamping with acrylic or textile paints I like to load the paint onto a piece of cut & dry foam, working it in with a palette knife. I find that this method gives the best stamp coverage without clogging, and the cleanest image when stamped.

I then coloured the image with a fine brush. Some of the colours were mixed together to get the shades that I wanted. I hand painted over the flower tops and stamped more ferns in colour. I also stamped fern tips along the top ribbon edge.

AW Fabric sample Fern

I also used leftover paint on my sponges to stamp a spare piece of fabric that I had pre-coloured with leftover dyes from a previous project. I don’t like to waste anything.

 

Note about heat setting: I like to leave my design overnight to fully dry before heat setting with an iron on the reverse. I wait for at least 3 days before the first wash.

Upcycled top dyed and block printed

AW Upcycled Block Print Top

 

Good afternoon. I have had a fabulous morning crafting in my pyjamas – luxury – tee hee.

 

This top started white with blue & red embroidery. Unfortunately I splashed the front with curry while cooking and I just couldn’t get it out. No problem – I have disguised it with dyeing and block printing. Now you would never know.

 

I dyed a white skirt at the same time – so off to think about how I will decorate it further.

 

Materials:

Dylon machine dye with 500g salt (Bahama Blue)

Vallejo Textile paints (Blue & Red)

Foam stamping mat and sponges to apply paint to block (Colouricious)

Border and mandala block (Blockwallah)

Small decorative block (Colouricious?)

Tie dyed T Shirt and Denim Skirt

AW Tie Dye Top 1

AW Tie Die Skirt 1

I have been meaning to dye these for ages so whilst having a dyeing session I finally started on these – a white T shirt and very pale denim skirt (white to pale blue dip die effect). I used one of the old multipurpose Dylon dies in the washing machine (they now have an alternative formulation for natural fabrics such as cotton). I really didn’t spend a lot of time. I decided where I wanted the motifs and made a small mark with chalk. I placed a chop stick tip behind the placement mark and made a sort of tent shape. Then I simply wrapped it with elastic bands and pulled out the stick. I found this a really quick and easy method. I then dyed in the washing machine with salt (according to packet directions). I love the way that the polyester stitching didn’t pick up the die – nice design detail.

I may add some more layers by block printing with decolourant pastes, and perhaps some embroidery or trims – I will share when finished. In the meantime they are wearable as they are.

Tiered Maxi Skirt made from a recycled bed sheet

AW Tiered Maxi Skirt 2

AW Tiered Maxi Skirt 4

AW Tiered Maxi Skirt 5

AW Tiered Maxi Skirt 6

 

 

Good afternoon. I am sharing a skirt that I made from an old double bed white sheet. I dyed the background and made up this simple tiered skirt. I simply measured my hips and cut the width of the top tier so that I could pull it on easily with an elasticated top band. I then added tiers of increasing width (approx. 1.5 to 2X the width of the previous tier). I used a remnant of embroidered fabric for the bottom frill.

Before adding the elastic to the waist I machine embroidered rows of decorative stitching and flourishes. I then block printed with various designs and heat set to make permanent. Summer here we come.

Materials:

White cotton double bed sheet, cotton ribbon for trim (dyed with sheet) and remnant of turquoise embroidered chiffon

Dylon multipurpose dye. This is now discontinued but they have a new formulation that is equivalent for use on natural fabrics (dyed in washing machine).

Madiera Rayon embroidery thread – variegated golds and browns

Wooden printing blocks:

Owl (Blockwallah), small leaves, floral sprig, daisy flower, leafy spiral (Colouricious), paisley and floral Border (unknown brand)

High density foam mat – to lay underneath as block print (Colouricious)

Fabric paints – heat set with iron (to make permanent):

White Gold Starlights Fabric Paint (Imagination Crafts), Chestnut Brown Multipurpose Satin Paint (Martha Stewart), Turquoise blue mixed to match fabric – Opaque White (Jacquard), Metallic Turquoise and Blue (Vallejo from Colouricious)

Summer T-Shirt decorated using Tattered Lace dies to create stamps and stencils

Good evening. I hope that you like my summer themed project. You may of seen my stamped and decorated summer top in my last posting. This time I have created a variation using dies to create the stamps.

I designed this to showcase how dies can be used to create stamps by cutting from funky foam. Stencils can also be created by cutting acetate or plastic stencil sheet.

Use the coordinating stamps or stencils to complement die cuts on cards, or use them to decorate fabrics for sewing projects, or to decorate ready made items.

AW T shirt front

Front

AW T shirt back

Back

AW T shirt tag

Decorated tag to match

Materials:

*I used Vallejo fabric paints (Green, Metallic Turquoise, Bengali Rose, Parma Violet, Blue and Black) plus Martha Stewart Multi Surface paint (Spring Pasture) and Pinflair Glitter Wand. IMPORTANT NOTE: I was assured that the Pinflair glitter wand was suitable and fixable on fabric (after heat fixing) but mine has just washed out – eek! I will find another glitter glue suitable and let you know when I find an alternative.

Note: If you want to stamp onto a darker coloured fabric you will need to use opaque fabric paints specially formulated for dark fabric.

How to do it:

Prewash the shirt in plain soap to remove any fabric treatments or conditioners (I use ordinary dish washing liquid). Dry and iron to give a smooth stamping surface.

AW T shirt - Fabric Paints

Load the paints onto the CutNDry foam and work in well with a palette knife. Place them sponge side down onto a palette (I used a piece of waste packaging) and lightly spritz with water to keep them damp. While not using I also place a damp cloth over the top. This keeps the paints useable while working on your project. I have found this to be the best method for getting nice crisp stamping without paint clumping or drying out. They will even keep overnight if placed in a plastic bag.

AW T shirt - Stencils masks stamps labelled

Use the dies to cut funky foam shapes. Apply Zig 2 Way glue and leave to go tacky (this glue is blue on application and dries clear to give a repositionable tacky surface). Mount stamps onto acrylic blocks for stamping.

Cut the butterflies from waste acetate and use the apertures as a stencil.

Stamp the butterflies onto copy paper and cut around the outer edge to create masks for stamping. Wash stamps immediately after use (or place face down on a wet cloth until ready to clean).

AW T shirt Stencil

Lay some plastic sheeting inside the shirt to protect any paint from seeping through layers (i.e. front to back) while stamping. I placed my glass mat inside the shirt while working. Stencil the butterfly silhouettes with multi colours. Dry. A hair dryer is useful to help speed up the drying process while working (the paints do dry quite quickly).

Stamp the butterfly details over the top of the silhouettes using black paint.

Stamp the foliage using paper masks to protect the butterfly images.

Finally add glitter glue to the butterflies on the shirt front.

Leave overnight for the paints to fully cure and then iron fix the paints on the reverse to make them permanent and washable.

Summer T-Shirt created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. I hope that you like my summer themed project. I decided to revamp a plain T shirt top with foliage and butterflies.

AW T shirt front 2

Front

AW T shirt back 1

Back

AW T shirt close up

Close up

Materials:

  • Wild Meadow, Butterfly Blush and Just Butterflies stamp sets
  • Iron fix fabric paints (green, lime, metallic turquoise, pink, violet, blue, black) and glitter glue for fabric (green/gold)*
  • Light coloured smooth knit T-shirt (turquoise)
  • CutNDry foam, water spritzer bottle
  • Waste copy paper

*I used Vallejo fabric paints (Green, Metallic Turquoise, Bengali Rose, Parma Violet, Blue and Black) plus Martha Stewart Multi Surface Paint (Spring Pasture), and Pinflair Glitter Wand. IMPORTANT NOTE: I was assured that the Pinflair glitter wand was suitable and fixable on fabric (after heat fixing) but mine has just washed out – eek! I will find another glitter glue suitable and let you know when I find an alternative.

Note: If you want to stamp onto a darker coloured fabric you will need to use opaque fabric paints specially formulated for dark fabric.

How to do it:

Prewash the shirt in plain soap to remove any fabric treatments or conditioners (I use ordinary dish washing liquid). Dry and iron to give a smooth stamping surface.

AW Fabric paints

Load the paints onto the CutNDry foam and work in well with a palette knife. Place them sponge side down onto a palette (I used a piece of waste packaging) and lightly spritz with water to keep them damp. While not using I also place a damp cloth over the top. This keeps the paints useable while working on your project. I have found this to be the best method for getting nice crisp stamping without paint clumping or drying out. They will even keep overnight if placed in a plastic bag.

Stamp the butterfly silhouettes onto copy paper and cut out to create masks for stamping. Wash stamps immediately after use.

Lay some plastic sheeting inside the shirt to protect any paint from seeping through layers (i.e. front to back) while stamping. I placed my glass mat inside the shirt while working. Stamp the butterfly silhouettes with multi colours. Dry. A hair dryer is useful to help speed up the drying process while working (the paints do dry quite quickly).

Stamp the butterfly details over the top of the silhouettes using black paint.

AW T shirt mask 1

AW T shirt mask 2

Stamp the foliage using paper masks to protect the butterfly images. Finish with a touch of glitter glue on the butterflies.

Leave overnight for the paints to fully cure and then iron fix the paints on the reverse to make them permanent and washable.