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clumsy_chord
Jan. 16th, 2014 02:51 am (UTC)
Welcome! I always love to see new people :D

Oh... a candy cane stripe is going to be fun for binding on the Christmas project. (I think I learned what crackers are from Harry Potter :D)

The ice dyed fabrics all look pretty awesome - that's a neat idea for a project to do with kids, bet they had the best time ever playing around with the colours and patterns.

I don't know anything about stencilling, but both those shirts look awesome.
robin_bird2
Jan. 16th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :). I think the candy came should look cute too. I forgot that Christmas crackers were in Harry Potter. We try to do them at Christmas and it has been getting easier to find them the last few years, so maybe more Americans are using them.

The ice dying was a ton of fun for the kids. It was miserably hot here when we did it, so we made snowballs out of the leftover ice and had a snowball fight. :).

Have a good week!
jewells68
Jan. 17th, 2014 01:12 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of the candy cane binding. And the xmas cracker quilt in general for a holiday-themed quilt.

The ice dying looks amazing. I was a big tie dyer in my youth, and that is just gorgeous.

I actually prefer the paint to look like it does in the darth vader shirt, because it looks more like a silk-screened shirt to me, but to figure out why the difference, I would go back and look at the process you used on both tees and see if you can find something that changed from one to the other. Were both done using the same kind of paint and the same kind of tee? I mean was one tee 100% cotton and the other not? Or did you use fabric softener when washing one of them before painting? Or did one get washed before painting and one not and still have the sizing in it? Those are the only kinds of things I can think of that would cause a big difference. Go back and answer those types of questions and you may figure out what happened.

Welcome, welcome to the group! You are now officially a TTMTer instead of a lurker. :D
rockislander
Jan. 17th, 2014 02:14 pm (UTC)
Yay! Another newbie like me! Welcome!

I'm from the US, but live in Bermuda which is a British territory, so Christmas crackers are a big thing here. I had no idea what they were until we moved here 13 years ago. I really like the crackers you made and I think the binding sounds perfect!

I've never tried ice dying, but I'm very curious now! Oh and I was so pleased to see that snitch in your quilt top.

Your tea towel is very pretty. I agree, I don't like to give just a gift card, a little something handmade goes a long way. :)

I did a fair bit of stenciling on t-shirts and I had one do just what your Darth Vader did. Only it actually happened *before* the wash and in that case it was because when I heat set it I placed a dishtowel between the shirt and the iron (for protection) but the paint (which I thought was totally dry) picked up tiny linty bits from the towel. It's never come off, but I wasn't too fussed about it.

I look forward to seeing more videos from you!


Edited at 2014-01-17 02:18 pm (UTC)
robin_bird2
Jan. 18th, 2014 01:00 am (UTC)
Thanks for such a warm welcome everyone! And Jewells after reading your post I started thinking about what I did different in each shirt. I had not thought about it, but I now wonder if it has something to do with pre-washing the shirt and sizing. We are making a shirt next week so I'm going to test that theory out. Thanks! Rockislander...glad there is another newbie here besides me ;)
jewells68
Jan. 18th, 2014 03:21 am (UTC)
Retracing your steps may help you figure out what you did differently, if anything, so that next time you can have it turn out the way you like better.

And again, so glad to have you join us!
ladyoflosttimes
Jan. 18th, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
Welcome!

The crackers are coming out cute! And I love your ice dye I never tried that but look so fun. Don't let my hubs see those shirts he would so steal them!

you did great for your 1st vid!
robin_bird2
Jan. 21st, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks ladyoflosttimes ;)
ofenjen
Jan. 22nd, 2014 04:01 pm (UTC)
Hi Robin! Welcome!

We all feel super silly when we start. Just imagine you're talking to friends and you'll be fine. :)

We do Christmas crackers in our house, too. You did a great job on the pattern, it'll make an adorable table runner!

I have heard of ice dying, but I've never tried it. SO wonderful! I love the way the quilt you made with your boys turned out! SUCH a brilliant idea to do with your kids.

I really like Tulip Soft paint for t-shirt stenciling. It seems to age a bit better than most other paints I've tried. I like Lumiere by Jacquard, too, especially the metallics, but I've had mixed results with the last few shirts I stenciled.
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