Wednesday, 4 January 2017

WOW: Out With The Old, In With The New

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
This is me on Christmas morning, ironing my festive stenciled tablecloth. For those of you who wondered what an adaption of Red December looked like in a tablecloth - here it is. These are the exact same pattern motifs arranged over the space. I love this tablecloth, but I ruined it by adding a red fabric trim one year to the edges and then threw it in the washing machine - the red fabric bled and now my favorite tablecloth is tinted pink. I tried many formulas to save it, but it wouldn't budge. Whilst I was ironing it I realized that it would be for the last time - the fabric fibres are now distressed from all the dye removal solutions I tried and it's lost it's lustre. It's time to let it go. Mind you, the actual stencil paint I used didn't move at all - even after a last ditch attempt at bleaching. I'm seriously impressed. So for those of you feeling nervous at stencils, don't be. They last. As long as you follow the manufacturer's instructions, they last as long as commercially printed fabric. So, I'll be making another tablecloth sometime this year and I'll be stenciling it again too.

As it's now 2017, and I am so glad to welcome in a New Year, I've been thinking about WIP priorities. It looks like my WIPs for 2017 are all going to be about releasing new projects rather than finishing old ones. I certainly don't need any more WIPs, but I don't think that will stop me, I'm on a creative streak and will just go wherever my creative mood takes me! I hope that this year you'll join me on those adventures, I can't wait to share my new projects with you..

What's Your WOW?


6 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tablecloth, I'm so sorry it got ruined by bleeding dye; is there no way you could save the stenciling and appliqué it to another fabric?

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  2. hola esther feliz año mira que lastima lo de tu mantel, el motivo es precioso has probado a dejarlo en remojo de agua con sal.
    recibe mi caruño en cristo jesus
    siempre estoy pendiente de tus publicaciones
    carmen

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  3. hola esther feliz año mira que lastima lo de tu mantel, el motivo es precioso has probado a dejarlo en remojo de agua con sal.
    recibe mi caruño en cristo jesus
    siempre estoy pendiente de tus publicaciones
    carmen

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  4. Can you please email me the link to get the button to share for this linky? Somehow or another I managed to delete those things from my file! I'm not finding the code anywhere here.

    Happy New Year!

    Marsha
    marsha.seiberling@gmail.com

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  5. Dear Esther it is so hard to believe that 2016 is gone and we are now in to an exciting NEW year for us ALL. Counting the days down till the 15th to see what you are going to surprise us with to start 2017????? Wishing you all the very very best for 2017 and hope is is much kinder to you than 2016 was Glenda

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  6. I would be tempted to iron double sided interfacing onto the back of the stenciled design, cut it out with a 1/4" seam allowance, turn under the seam allowance, and fuse it to a lovely piece of fabric - maybe red.

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