Monday, June 24, 2019

It's All About The Flowers

I've been pretty good about walking or biking five days a week -- one of my summer goals. Summer may have come late this year, but I find myself in a sea of flowers when I walk around my neighborhood. 

 Saturday evening my mom and I went to a birthday party at a friend's house. The hostess, my friend Debbie, is a gardener extrordinaire.
Thanks to the Internet, I stumbled on a way to do sun-dying with Dynaflow dyes by Jacquard. It's incredibly easy. You just slap down the dye, lay a stencil over the painted cloth, and let it dry in the sun. The results are amazing. I think this works on paper, too.

I finally broke down and bought this book. I've waited and waited for the public library to acquire it, but it doesn't look like they are going to.

I've been eyeing this spread at my local bookstore, and dreaming of embroidering these flowers onto clothing.
So, finally I've taken the plunge.
I traced the designs onto Sulky Super Solvy, which works like a sticker. You embroider over the lines, then soak off the Super Solvy. One caveat: I have found that if you leave the Solvy on for weeks and weeks, it is hard to get off. So, I'll get this done pretty quickly.

13 comments:

  1. First, love the dying. Note to self: I don't need another project, I really don't.
    Second, I have that embroidery book and love it.
    Third: will try Sulky Super Solvy, as I'm always looking for good ways to transfer for embroidery (I've never tried anything but I'm an expert on what other people say).

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  2. Embroidery has always fascinated me!

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  3. What beautiful flowers! Dyed, sewn or right out the ground-they are all lovely!

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  4. Your friend has beautiful flowers! I have never done sun-dying but I see it looks pretty! That embroidery book, whau! It looks like fun! Your embroidery looks great! Thanks for the info about the solvy! Have a wonderful week!

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  5. Your jeans jacket is going to be so cute!

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  6. Enjoy your embroidery. The book looks wonderful.

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  7. Beautiful flowers. The embroidery book looks beautiful as well - have fun!

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  8. A fun post - not only are Debbie's flowers gorgeous, but the dyed cloth and embroidered flowers are, too. I look forward to seeing more of your fiber projects this summer.

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  9. Oooooo. That's a beautiful embroidery book! (I wonder if my library has a copy???) And . . . nothing like a little incentive for getting that stitching completed as quickly as possible! What a fun post all around! XO

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  10. Wow. You and Kim in oregon have both done some great stitching posts

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  11. I like your summer goals! I am trying to go to the gym more and enjoy each day and not 'complain'. I have a running sarcastic dialogue that I am tempering to the best of my ability. Makes for a peaceful day.

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