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Crafting On

I want to call this The Week of Making. I have my sights set high, but I am not sure I can pull much off. I want to make rose water and doll pajamas and a dress for me and a skirt for me and a dress for Willow. I think we'll spend a lot of time walking and working on finding our Summer routine, instead.

Here are some men's satin silk handkerchiefs (if you are looking at Dharma) that I dyed for use in puppets.  I'll be using the instructions in Toymaking with Children.  They were dyed with a combination of kool-aid and turmeric.  I began with the instructions from Make Baby Stuff and reduced the vinegar to half a cup and the water to one cup.  The resulting dye was pretty strong and took a lot of rinsing.  I ran the silks through a short wash with no soap and came out with two pink, two light blue, one dark blue and one cream.  I knew it would be lighter, but that is not what I was hoping for.

Silks for Puppets

So, the yellow, green, and orange (as they were to become once more) went into a pot with two quarts of hot water and two teaspoons of turmeric, inspired by this post.  Then I fixed them with two teaspoons of salt in the dye bath.  It worked very well!  The others went into corresponding bowls of food coloring with the same amount of water and vinegar that I did at first.  I still did a lot of rinsing in the sink (making up for not washing diapers any more!), but no rinse in the washer this time.  I figure that these are intended for puppets, so they will not get so much use as the silks we have for everyday play.  So, I'm pleased, a nice soft rainbow.

Colonial Dress

And here's Willow's colonial dress, for which I must earn a merit badge.  It is so hard to photograph something that is not done, especially when you are so frustrated you cannot (literally!) see straight.  It went really well until I tried to put on the ruffle, which is 200" in circumference.  The sheer volume is so. . . big.  That is a project for another day.  I've made a nice white apron and pair of pantaloons that go along with the pattern, but I didn't think to photograph them.  I've got buttonholes to go after this, as well.  Oh, well, let's move onto cheerier things!  This will be so nice when it's done!  And, if I avoid another crying session when I do the rest, my children will see me model perseverance!

For more crafting (and maybe less trial-and-error), visit Frontier Dreams


( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jun. 7th, 2016 07:17 pm (UTC)
The silks are so vibrant! I can't wait to see the marionettes you create. That's been on my to-do list for so long... The Colonial Dress merit badge needs to exist... I'm checking my vintage Campfire Girls and Girl Scout handbooks. : ) Surely there is an extra merit badge for Sewing That Makes You Cry. I think I could earn that one. Seriously, though - it is so good to think of it as modeling perseverance. I think it's healthy for children to see that sometimes tasks are challenging for adults, too. What a disservice to them, if we only ever did what we found easy in front of them... if they see us struggling with some things, I'm sure they feel less alone in their own struggles. I used to wish that I had learned all sorts of things *before* they were born - knitting, sewing, you name it... but I see now that there is value in the children seeing adults learn new skills. - Stacey
Jun. 8th, 2016 11:05 am (UTC)
You are right. It is good for children to see us fall off and get back on. You start embroidering the patch for me. ;-)
Jun. 7th, 2016 08:23 pm (UTC)
Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
Oh your silks turned out beautifully! And 200" of ruffle - wow!!!
Jun. 8th, 2016 11:05 am (UTC)
Re: Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
Thanks! And yes, wow!
Jun. 7th, 2016 09:41 pm (UTC)
Your dilks are beautiful, and wish we could see all of your dress. I like the pattern of the fabric and csn only imagine the yardage.
Jun. 8th, 2016 11:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! Since the ruffle was not on correctly (or all the way), I didn't photograph the length of it. Next week! :-)
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Jun. 8th, 2016 11:07 am (UTC)
Thanks! I was really pleased with easily and well the turmeric worked.

There used to be a place around here that sold reproduction fabrics, quite a lot of them. I could never afford to make a real dress out of them, though, and when I could--no little girl around. ;-)
( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )

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