Well this is the moment you've all been waiting for!
OK maybe I exaggerate just a bit...
a few of you were interested in the results of my linen-dyeing experiment.
A great number of you commented on the wonderful aroma this must have created.
I've gotta be honest with you.
Maybe my sniffer is off.
I really didn't smell much of anything aside from the coffee.
I squeezed out the excess concoction from the two pieces of linen
and laid them on a foil lined oven rack. I don't have a baking sheet big enough for them
so I though that would do the trick.
I left the cinnamon sticks on them as well as some loose tea from one of the teabags I ripped open.
I set the oven to 200º and watched them carefully for about 15 minutes.
They weren't completely dry when I took them out
but I was running out of bravery.
Here is what they looked like as I left them last night.....
I laid them out on a big piece of freezer paper on my counter overnight.
When I got up this morning I saw that I wasn't completely satisfied with the level of
"grunge" in them so I broke out my little bag of walnut crystals.
I added a heaping teaspoon to one cup of boiling water and just sorta
rubbed the back of a wet spoon over it in a few places. There are a couple spots where
I put a little more.
The picture above was taken without the flash.
I think the others were taken with the flash last night.
As you can see I have a designated el-cheapo iron for this purpose only.
We won't talk about the time I grabbed the wrong one to iron
So what do I have planned for these two 28" long pieces of linen you ask?
I want to sit right down in my stitching chair and start at the top left corner with
the alphabet, or a border, or whatever my little heart desires at the time.
What got me on this kick you ask?
My goodness you all are just full of questions!
I realized that most of the framed and soon to be framed pieces are of the usual
size and my eye has been drawn to the long, narrow look of a primitive sampler lately.
I have no pressures of a schedule or deadline to meet
so I have no clue when this will be finished.
So there you have it!
The advice I will give is just get in there and DO IT!
Don't be afraid that it won't look "right". There is no set way to do it.
Throw your fear and OCD issues to the wind and
let 'er fly!!
Thanks for your interest in this little adventure and thank you for all the comments you have left.
I love reading them!
Oh yes I do.