Yesterday I thought I’d try my hand at stamping the linen/cotton I bought for one of my Colonial Williamsburg jackets.
|I don’t have a ginormous fabric stretcher thing, so I smoothed the fabric out on my dining room table.|
First things first, I gave the un-stamped fabric a good hot wash, and a good hot dry, to fully shrink it, then a good hot iron. I then spread it out on the dining room table and measured out my spacing for the stamping, using an orange chalk pencil to mark a small dot where I would place the bottom of the stamp. I went with a 2 inch space between motifs, and each line is offset from the one beside it, to create an overall “brick” pattern.
Then on to stamping. I used a foam applicator to tamp the floral stamp with fabric paint. This produced quite a lot of variation, and you can see the lines of the stamp around some of the flowers, in the close-up, but in a mass they are not noticeable. It takes a certain technique to press hard enough and still avoid those lines – still learning :-).
In between the flowers I dabbed a red dot, using a paintbrush. Simples :-).
‘Course, I’ve accomplished…..about a 36″ x 28″ wide space so far, out of 2.5 yards of 60″ wide fabric. It certainly takes time, but I am very happy with the result so far.
|You can see my mess-ups in the bottom right, where a detail in the tabletop caused a stamping flub. That part will have to be avoided when doing the cuttng layout.|
If you’re new to my blog, you can read about my fabric stamps here.